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Robber Barons

Debt Collectors, Social Darwinism and William Jennings Bryan

Don McNay | Posted 10.21.2014 | Business
Don McNay

In the over 90 years since William Jennings Bryan's death, we have seen scores of major atrocities played out with the theory of "survival of the fittest" as a motivating factor. We are also seeing it at every level of business and society.

Charity Isn't. It's Social Control

Brian Ross | Posted 07.24.2014 | Politics
Brian Ross

One of America's great debates spins like a top around one question: Who is able to take care of the least amongst us best -- government or the private sector?

TBTF, TBTJ: Too Big to Exist

Mike Lux | Posted 04.10.2013 | Politics
Mike Lux

I remain troubled by the fact that fundamental economic issues seem to be the last thing on anybody's minds in D.C. And looming over these economic problems is the elephant in the room: these Too Big To Fail, and apparently Too Big To Jail, Wall Street financial conglomerates.

Shapeshifting And Distractions

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 12.26.2012 | Gay Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

Like a mythical shapeshifter or a repertory actor, Mitt Romney will pretend to be whatever you need. Politicians often do this, but he reaches new heights of brazenness. Time and again he says something on the stump that a campaign spokesperson later "clarifies."

A Robber Baron for President?

Carl Pope | Posted 11.07.2012 | Green
Carl Pope

If Romney is elected, Koch's profits, not America's welfare, will lead the White House must do list.

Obama's 'New Deal': Why the Republicans Hate FDR and Why Obama Must Become Him - Part 2

Sanjay Sanghoee | Posted 09.19.2012 | Politics
Sanjay Sanghoee

Republicans today, as in FDR's time, are not interested in economic recovery for the nation but in wealth creation for themselves and their campaign donors.

Corporate Primacy Causes People Poverty

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 08.18.2012 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

Do Americans want a government of the people by the people for the people? Or do Americans want a government of the corporations by the corporations for the corporations, one dedicated to the proposition that the rich are better than everyone else?

Obama vs. The Robber Baron: The Gloves Must Come Off

Sanjay Sanghoee | Posted 07.31.2012 | Politics
Sanjay Sanghoee

The business model that Romney oversaw at Bain, especially the Leveraged Buyout, was questionable at best and destructive at worst, and he cannot pretend that the dangers of Bain's investment methods were unknown to him.

In Praise of Inefficiency

Carl Safina | Posted 04.22.2012 | Green
Carl Safina

Some people get rich by creating good things, and they support many people. But some people -- they used to be called robber barons -- succeed at others' expense. So just as wealth isn't necessarily bad, "efficiency" isn't necessarily good.

Rebuilding Edith Wharton's House of Mirth

Lev Raphael | Posted 08.02.2011 | Books
Lev Raphael

Certain books change your life, and Edith Wharton's The House of Mirth changed mine. The novel's brilliance blew me away in college, deepening my desi...

Martin Luther King, Jr. and Municipal Workers

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

I cannot believe that in the 21st Century we are having this kind of a debate on the role of labor unions in this country. But I suppose it isn't surprising since we have entered a new Gilded Age.

Class Warfare Indeed

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Before I even begin here, I'd like to address what my critics will respond with, when they hear what I have to say. They're going to call these ideas...

The New "Greed Is Good"

Cindy Handler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cindy Handler

Now, just in time for Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, the GOP leaders are insisting that, vast evidence to the contrary, we all need to support the inequitable policies that favor rich white men.

BP and Other Robber Barons: We Reject Your Apology; We Demand Change

John Perkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
John Perkins

We must put an end to a predatory form of capitalism that has spread across the globe in the past half century. We must not be blinded by its greed and false promises of a shopping mall nirvana.

June 15: King John Signs Magna Carta

Sophie Pollitt-Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Sophie Pollitt-Cohen

Many people, especially those who write articles on this subject for Wikipedia, would say the Magna Carta is the most influential and important foundation of constitutional law.

Daniel Henninger: Bring Back the Robber Barons

wsj.com | DANIEL HENNINGER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

If the goal is job growth, we need to admit one fact: Political entrepreneurs create fewer jobs than do market entrepreneurs. We need new mass markets...

The Return of the Robber Barons

Garrett Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Garrett Johnson

We are now at the mercy of modern Robber Barons, and if history is any judge, it is either them or us.

P3s: Let's Not Party Like It's 1929

Michael Likosky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Michael Likosky

We must take the public interest more seriously when we talk about P3s.