Diane Lefer: Welcome to a world of two-headed wolves where people go to war over trash and thousands of the desperate move into an unfinished skyscraper tower built on a base of compacted garbage.
Randy Shaw: There is a near consensus that new construction must be coupled with stringent tenant protections and more subsidized housing to forestall gentrification. Krugman misses this latter point.
Peter Dreier: Despite overwhelming support, some City Council members are still on the fence, feeling pressure from the Chamber of Commerce.
Robert Reich: It’s estimated that in five years over 40 percent of the American labor force will be in such uncertain work; in a decade, most of us.
Peter Dreier: Pasadena Minimum Wage Law — Pasadena residents working at low-wage jobs in Los Angeles will get a pay increase of $23 million.
Ellen Brown: In uncertain times, “cash is king,” but central bankers are systematically moving to eliminate that option. Is it really about stimulating the economy? Or is there some deeper, darker threat afoot?
Steven Singer: If only we had a natural defense against prejudice. Racism, classism, xenophobia, sexism, homophobia – we take all that in with every breath.
RJ Eskow: In today’s environment, reinstating Glass-Steagall is not just the right policy – although it is certainly that. It’s also an excellent litmus test for politicians who say they’re willing to take on Wall Street.
RJ Eskow: Third Way’s argument against inequality as a leading source of our current economic woes puts them directly at odds with leading economists, including Nobel Prize winner Joseph Stiglitz.
Chris Sosa: Poor Americans are the group we should be discussing more than middle-income Americans, and the Congressional Budget Office has troubling analyses on why that group is getting poorer.
Robert Reich: Something odd happened. It turned out that many of the conservative Republicans and Tea Partiers I met agreed with much of what I had to say, and I agreed with them.
Leonard Isenberg: Democratic socialism programs arguably have saved free enterprise capitalism in our country and around the world by cleaning up after the unrestrained excesses of endemic corporate greed that has cyclically been allowed to continuously tank the world economy.
Mark Naison: After five years, you look around and you are a stranger where you once felt at home. None of the people who worked to bring back the neighborhood from crime and violence and disinvestment are still there