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.

Cyprus-Style Bail-ins to Hit Depositors AND Pensioners

European Banking Crisis

Ellen Brown: Wall Street-based pension fund managers, although losing enormous sums in the last crisis, will not necessarily act more prudently going into the next one. All the pension funds are struggling with commitments made when returns were good, and getting those high returns now generally means taking on risk.

And Now the Richest .01 Percent

Richest Americans Grow Richer

Robert Reich: The richest Americans hold more of the nation’s wealth than they have in almost a century. What do they spend it on? As you might expect, personal jets, giant yachts, works of art, and luxury penthouses.

HR20: Reclaiming Our Democracy

Big Money in Politics

Leila Pedersen: The Government By the People Act, would combat the influence of big money in politics, raise civic engagement, and amplify the voice of everyday Americans.

Empathy Deficit Disorder

Empathy Deficit Disorder

Robert Reich: Most Americans aren’t suicidal, and most don’t work at the minimum wage. But many are deeply anxious about their jobs and panicked about how they’re going to pay next month’s bills.

How Great Wealth Undermines Democracy

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Lawrence Wittner: Americans talk fondly of equality, but, to paraphrase a statement in George Orwell’s satire about another allegedly classless society, in this country some people are more equal than others.

Time for a Trust-Busting Beer Bust

Beer Brewing Monopoly

Jim Hightower: Beware, ye who love local beer – do not just sit on your duffs, doing 12-ounce elbow bends, for here come the Big Brew Bastards again, bigger and more menacing than ever.

Great Recession Continues

Great REcession Continues

Sylvia Allegretto : On this side of the Great Recession, after much discussion of inequality, it looks like it is going to be more of the same—typical workers and their families who paid the price during the downturn have gained little during the upturn.