Ellen Brown: Puerto Rico is bankrupt, its economy destroyed. In fact it is currently in bankruptcy proceedings with its creditors. Which suggests its time for some more out-of-the-box thinking.
Erin Aubry Kaplan: Reinstating affirmative action is not as pie-in-the-sky as it sounds. A 2014 Field Poll found strong support for it across the board.
Kathy Kelly: An estimated one million people died during a famine that began because of blighted potato crops but became an “artificial famine” because Ireland’s British occupiers lacked the political will to justly distribute resources and food.
Jaime O’Neill: People of my political persuasion have always had a tendency to give energies to division in our own ranks. We lose sight of shared objectives, clustering into groups dedicated to boutique causes and identity politics.
John Peeler: People who are poor, particularly those who live in areas of concentrated poverty (like inner cities or rural Appalachia), and most especially African Americans in such environments, have measurably worse health, higher death rates and lower life expectancy than the rest of us.
stronomers tell us the stars we see in the night sky died many millennia ago. Their light has spent eons crossing the emptiness of space. To us, they still seem to glitter and shine, but were extinguished long ago. Last week, the Washington Post ran an op-ed about the political framework known as “centrism.” The […]
Joseph Palermo: What followed from Trump after he sparked such a widespread backlash was the typical “punch, parry, kick” playbook Republicans use when they interject racism into the political discourse for electoral gain.
Bob Filner: Wow, he’s finally “acting Presidential” because he’s reading off the teleprompter! He’s working with “Chuck and Nancy”! He’s become the Consoler-in-Chief with a photo-op after Hurricane Irma!
Frank Fear: An open question is whether ESPN’s handling of the Hill situation will make it more difficult for companies to impose sanctions when employees speak out politically.
Jaime O’Neill: It’s hard to imagine worse campaigns than the ones spearheaded by Al Gore and John Kerry, but they didn’t get nearly the criticism that has come Hillary’s way.
Lawrence Wittner: Opinion polls before and since the election revealed that most Americans opposed Trump’s best-known and most vehemently-supported “America First” program―building a border wall between the United States and Mexico.
Robert Reich: The estate and capital gains taxes were originally designed to prevent the growth of large dynasties in the U.S. and to reduce inequality. They’ve been failing to do that.
RJ Eskow: The devastation of Houston was made worse by poor planning and deregulation. That wasn’t an accident: it was greed.