Students on the Road to Debt

Growing Student Debt

Maria Bustillos: Earlier that day a teacher had told a lecture hall full of 22-year-olds that when she’d been young, a degree would more or less ensure you a job. “And now that’s not true, it’s no guarantee of a good job.

The Share-the-Scraps Economy

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Robert Reich: How would you like to live in an economy where robots do everything that can be predictably programmed in advance, and almost all profits go to the robots’ owners?

What If Media Covered Inequality Like Weather?

Media Covers Inequality

Randy Shaw: The problem is not simply that a big weather story eclipsed a major expose on rising inequality in the United States. Rather, it’s that reports on economic inequality never get the saturation, multi-day coverage customarily granted to storms.

Capitalism and Hillary

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Brent Budowsky: A good opposition research team could create a powerful plan to lump together Mitt Romney, Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton as royal family candidates and run against them all in Democratic or Republican primaries, from the right or from the left.

Why Wages Won’t Rise

Stagnant Wages

Robert Reich: Today’s workers are less economically secure than workers have been since World War II. Nearly one out of every five is in a part-time job.

EU Showdown: Greece Takes on the Vampire Squid

Greek Economic Crisis

Ellen Brown: Greece and the troika (the International Monetary Fund, the EU, and the European Central Bank) are in a dangerous game of chicken. The Greeks have been threatened with a “Cyprus-Style prolonged bank holiday” if they “vote wrong.” But they have been bullied for too long and are saying “no more.”

How Inside Traders Are Rigging America

Insider Traders

Robert Reich: Major players on Wall Street have been making tons of money not because they’re particularly clever but because they happen to be in the realm where a lot of coins come their way.

The Global Bankers’ Coup

Financial Stability Board

Ellen Brown: “Bail-in” is not the law yet, but the G20 governments will be called upon to adopt the FSB’s resolution measures when the proposal is finalized after taking comments in 2015.

Wall Street’s Democrats

Wall Street Owns Democrats

Robert Reich: The Democrats’ unwillingness to close the carried-interest loophole when they could also goes some way to explaining why, almost six years after Wall Street’s near meltdown, the Obama administration has done so little to rein in the Street.

Deck the Malls

Black Friday Madness

Walter Brasch: It makes no difference what our faith or culture is, we enjoy the lights and inflatable snowmen, but sometimes wonder if extravagant displays are nothing more than neighborhood contests to show our pride of affluence.