John Peeler: Left to its own devices, capitalism really will create a world in which workers are driven ever harder to produce ever more, with a division of labor that becomes profoundly alienating.
Brian Biery: Many people who live in blighted neighborhoods would love to be able to start up a new coffee shop or hair salon or shoe store, if they only had the capital to do so.
Robert Reich: On demand and on call – in the “share” economy, the “gig” economy, or, more prosaically, the “irregular” economy – the result is the same: no predictable earnings or hours.
strong middle class is like a vegetable garden, requiring a rich economic environment in the same manner that a garden needs fertile soil. We do not say to seeds, “It’s all up to you. Don’t worry about the PH factor or the nitrogen or the potassium in the soil. Just do your thing, seeds.” But […]
Ellen Brown: Besides his experience with bankruptcy, Trump, along with Bernie Sanders on the left, is unique in not being beholden to big money. Sanders does not take it, and Trump does not need it.
Robert Reich: These new policies apply only to a tiny group considered “talent” – highly educated and in high demand. They’re getting whatever perks firms can throw at them in order to recruit and keep them.
Robert Reich: In 1965, CEOs of America’s largest corporations were paid, on average, 20 times the pay of average workers. Now, the ratio is over 300 to 1.
Rivera Sun: To win our freedom one again, we must increase self-reliance and lessen our dependency on products of our oppressors.
Winona LaDuke: In light of my recent trip to Detroit, I am wondering about the end of the fossil fuel industry. I am wondering because if this is what success looks like, and fifty years later it is Detroit, it is not what I want.
obert Reich recently wrote the following about a former student who told him, “in a quivering voice, she had lost her job. She took it as a personal failure. “I don’t know what to do now. I’ve lost confidence in myself.” He told her two things. “First, you shouldn’t take it too personally. Everyone’s vulnerable […]
Robert Reich: Political insiders don’t see that the biggest political phenomenon in America today is a revolt against the “ruling class” of insiders that have dominated Washington for more than three decades.
Michael T. Hertz: Let’s just suppose that we allotted $10 million in wealth to the top 5,000 people in the U.S. That would leave $83,658 billion for the rest of us, or a miserable $262,333 each.
Robert Koehler: The pope’s words haven’t penetrated the pseudo-objective certainties of financial reporting, much less the dark sanctuaries of money and power. But they must.