JP Sottile: Despite the 2008 Wall Street crash and government promises of reform, the old back-scratching ways of special favors and influence are again in vogue – as if they were ever out of style.
R.J. Eskow: new study confirms what many activists have suspected for a long time: The private courts set up by international “trade” deals heavily favor billionaires and giant corporations, and they do so at the expense of governments and people. Trade Courts
Robert Reich: Most of the economic gains have gone to you and others like you who spend only a small fraction of what they rake in. That spells trouble for the economy – and for you.
sabelle Lopez, her husband and their dog live in a tiny room, perhaps 130 square feet, in the impoverished Lacy neighborhood in the Orange County city of Santa Ana. The room has cardboard walls, which Lopez’s husband painted white to provide at least an illusion they were solid. On those walls, she has tacked family […]
Ana Beatriz Cholo: Potential neighbors fear that the low-income inhabitants will drive “junkers” and mar their pristine suburban landscape. The newcomers have too many children and, of course, the building will resemble a Soviet housing project. Building Affordable Housing
Richard Wolff: An immense new political space and opportunity has been opened on the left. A crisis-ridden capitalism that serves an ever-smaller slice of the population in capitalism’s old centers increasingly alienates millions. Lesser-Evil Choosing
Walter Moss: Like many Europeans, we could work less; we could choose less frantic lifestyles. But only at the cost of spending less.
Robert Reich: Failure to take action on the biggest banks, a single-payer plan, widening inequality, and discrimination will almost certainly harm the economy.
Robert Borosage: At a global level, it is time for the leading economic powers to meet and coordinate a plan to reflate the global economy, moving from competitive austerity and currency devaluation to coordinated expansion. Global Recession Again
Richard Wolff: Capitalism understood as the prevailing employer-employee relationship in most of today’s factories, offices and stores is not and never has been the only kind of work relationship inside enterprises. Meaning of Capitalism
Richard Eskow: Runaway inequality is the central issue of our time. It stifles democracy and leads to a more dangerous world.
Bill Blum: The question facing “socialists” like Sanders is this: When all your idealistic visions for a more humane, more just, more equitable, and more rational society run head-first into the stone wall of the profit motive … which of the two gives way?
“To have a person not shying away from the label ‘socialist’ to be up there contending for President is so remarkable that you have to stand up and cheer, or there is something wrong with you,” said Professor Richard D. Wolff.