How America Became an Oligarchy

American Oligarchy

Ellen Brown: If governments are recalling their sovereign powers, they might start with the power to create money, which was usurped by private interests while the people were asleep at the wheel.

Indiana Toll Road: Privatization’s Highway to Hell

Privatizing Public Services

RJ Eskow: The Indiana Toll Road is more than a highway. It is an infinite loop through the neoliberal world order, the mirror of a recursive economy in which every step toward corporatization creates more hardship – and every increase in hardship calls for more corporatization.

Can You Be Fired for Taking Family Leave?

Paid Family Leave

Melissa Goodman: If you work at a California company with fewer than 50 employees -– and 40 percent of California workers do -– the paid family leave law does not prohibit your employer from firing you.

The “iEverything” and the Redistributional Imperative

Machines Taking Over

Robert Reich: Most of us will have less and less money to buy the dazzling array of products and services spawned by blockbuster technologies – because those same technologies will be supplanting our jobs and driving down our pay. We need a new economic model. ‘

The Conundrum of Corporation and Nation

Corporate Influence

Robert Reich: Most big American corporations have no particular allegiance to America. They don’t want Americans to have better wages. Their only allegiance and responsibility to their shareholders — which often requires lower wages to fuel larger profits and higher share prices.

Inequality: What’s the Big Deal?

Rule by the Rich

John Peeler: The only way our economy can produce equal opportunity for every person is through a systematic policy of redistributing wealth from the rich to the unrich. Our failure to do that in recent decades has put us on the road to plutocracy.

The Rich Don’t Always Win

Capitalism Destroys Democracy

John Peeler: We had, from the 1930s through the 1970s, a thriving middle class of a size and strength that had no precedent, thanks to political struggles that led to government policies to redistribute the wealth.