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The Gilded Shtetl

Rabbi Jack Moline | Posted 07.10.2014 | Politics
Rabbi Jack Moline

What typifies the Republican base, according to the data collected by Pew? Here is one example: more than three-quarters of conservatives agree that "poor people have it easy because they can get government benefits without doing anything."

James Franco, What Are Your Thoughts?

Abhishek Seth | Posted 07.28.2014 | Arts
Abhishek Seth

I'm speechless. Copyright © Pawel Kuczynski The real worth of artwork in society. Ishan, thank you for showing me these pai...

War: The Cry of the Republicans

Gerry Myers | Posted 06.28.2014 | Politics
Gerry Myers

Republicans are shouting for war. Unlike our forefathers, they are not fighting for democracy and equal rights, but rather for a plutocracy.

Palm Sunday Ponderings: Jesus and Those in Need

Grace Ji-Sun Kim | Posted 06.08.2014 | Religion
Grace Ji-Sun Kim

Many Christians focus on Jesus as a triumphant figure. We crave a powerful Jesus who can come into our lives and make a triumphal mark.

Addiction, Poverty and the Myth of Willpower

Jen Simon | Posted 04.08.2014 | Entertainment
Jen Simon

The discourse surrounding addicts and their culpability in their addiction is remarkably similar to the discourse surrounding the poor and their culpability in their poverty. Believing an addict is to blame for their addiction is a fundamentally conservative philosophy.

Religious Idealism vs. Worldly Realities

Richard W. Kropf | Posted 03.23.2014 | Religion
Richard W. Kropf

When Jesus said "Blessed are the poor (or poor of heart)" he was not praising poverty as such. Quite the contrary: he was warning us that the kingdom of God (or of heaven on earth) would never be realized, much less possessed, by the avaricious or the greedy.

Hillary and Pope Francis

Brent Budowsky | Posted 03.16.2014 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

By mobilizing the nation's leading thinkers, Clinton could tap the spirit of Francis to propel the next great era of shared American prosperity.

Pope Francis: A Breeze of Fresh Air

Darryl Woodard | Posted 03.10.2014 | Religion
Darryl Woodard

Let's begin on what Pope Francis has done just last year as we are now in this brand new year of 2014. He ditched the Papal limousine, and instead is driven around in a regular car. He refused the traditional gold Papal cross, yet instead chooses a simple silver one. And there is more.

Pope Francis, Liberal Populist

Brent Budowsky | Posted 01.28.2014 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

Politically the moral leadership of the pope is bad news for those Republicans, conservatives, Tea Party advocates and libertarians who politically worship at the altar of the unbridled and unregulated excesses of capitalism that Francis deplores.

Thankful For Conservative Thought?

Jerry and Joe Long | Posted 01.26.2014 | Comedy
Jerry and Joe Long

Six thousand years ago, Jesus' dad formed untold universes in order to designate the mid-latitude region of the North American landmass as the only important place in a trillion galaxies. Everybody knows that.

Hillary Clinton Could Win All 50 States Running Against Banana Republicans in 2016

Brent Budowsky | Posted 12.14.2013 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

Hillary Clinton represents to voters the ability to lead, the ability to govern, and the ability to grow the economy. If she runs against the Banana Republicans, who are so unpopular today, she could actually win all 50 states in November 2016. That's a happy prospect indeed, for Democrats.

The Right's War Against Hispanics

Brent Budowsky | Posted 08.03.2013 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

Demographics are destiny, and if Republicans keep attacking core values and interests of Hispanics, the GOP destiny in coming elections will be as bleak as the GOP destiny in recent elections.

Support Elizabeth Warren in her Biggest Battle for Consumers

Brent Budowsky | Posted 05.22.2013 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

Today in Washington a great battle is unfolding between Republicans preparing to filibuster the nomination of Richard Cordray to lead the new consumer protection agency and Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), who is battling to save the agency from these Republican attacks.

Good News! Not So Fast...

Frank Dwyer | Posted 02.07.2013 | Politics
Frank Dwyer

Jack Welch says something's fishy: would a maker be born in a manger?...

Elizabeth Warren Would Be the Conscience of the United States Senate

Brent Budowsky | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

I have seen many Senators come and go and I have no doubt that if elected Elizabeth Warren would be the conscience of the Senate. Because she speaks for the best in you -- and me -- and Massachusetts -- and America.

War on Women Becomes Law of the Land if Romney Chooses the Supreme Court

Brent Budowsky | Posted 12.22.2012 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

Heaven help justice in America if Mitt Romney is given the power to turn the Supreme Court of the United States into his great gift to the far right of the Republican party.

Mitt's Antoinette Problem

Brent Budowsky | Posted 11.21.2012 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

Mitt Romney and Marie Antoinette stand for the adoration of the privileged few who prosper from great nations and a condescension toward the many who make great nations, whom Romney should salute and not insult.

Poor Americans More And More Likely To Stay That Way

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 04.27.2012 | Business

It's getting harder for poor Americans to lift themselves up. Don't believe it? The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston has some pretty compelling evide...

Was Jesus a Liberal?

Richard Schiffman | Posted 02.19.2012 | Politics
Richard Schiffman

As Christmas approaches, the minds of many of us turn to the founder of Christianity, whose birthday we celebrate. Yet 2011 years after his birth, the real Jesus remains oddly elusive.

The Return of Social Darwinism

Paul Stoller | Posted 12.24.2011 | Politics
Paul Stoller

With the narrow-minded and heartless ideas of Romney and Cain we will not only drift back to a reconfigured form of 19th century economic royalism, but also return to the ideology of Social Darwinism. Such a return will tear our society apart.

The Perils for Obama of Not Talking About Poverty in America

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 10.10.2011 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

It's strange that President Obama doesn't show any indignation about our long slide into economic oblivion. He's certainly not "fighting mad" about it. He draws a line in the sand, the Republicans cross it, then he steps back and draws another line in the sand.

Christ The King: Redefining Glory

Elizabeth E. Evans | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Elizabeth E. Evans

This past Sunday, churches in the Roman Catholic, Anglican and Lutheran traditions marked the holy day of Christ the King. Appropriately enough, it marks the end of the long Pentecost season.

10 Things Poor People Like

Hani Almadhoun | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Hani Almadhoun

Congratulations, a lousy economy and a "Third World America", we are all poor now. To help welcome you to poverty (uncharted territory for many of us)...

Not All Poor People Need Our Help

Yvette Carnell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Yvette Carnell

The point which both political parties miss is that poor people are not a homogeneous group. They don't all require coddling, nor do they all deserve a kick in the backside. People are poor for different reasons.

Housing the Poor? Nothing Is Impossible

Jacqueline Novogratz | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jacqueline Novogratz

Creating a housing development an hour or two drive from Nairobi for and with 2,000 slum dweller families seemed like an impossible dream.