How Do We See the Poor?

Blame the Poor

Steve Hochstadt: Republican candidates don’t propose to help people in poverty, because Republican voters believe poverty is poor people’s own fault.

Ending Corporate Welfare in California

Ending Corporate Welfare

Robert Reich: California’s property taxes are already much lower than the national average. So even if corporations pay their full share, they’re still getting a great deal.


US Universal Health Care

Tom Hastings: When will we finally decide as a nation that we should learn to follow the example of every other advanced nation on Earth from Canada to Japan to all of Europe to Australia and on and on—universal health care?

A City, in All Its Cruelty and Kindness

emergency room doctor

An Emergency-Room Doctor Witnesses the Extremes of the Community He Serves r. Twenty-Something is obviously in pain. His face is contorted and his right shoulder doesn’t look like his left. He’s wearing a tank top, and the complex and colorful tattoos across his upper torso don’t conceal the deformity of the top of his right […]

Could We Have Single-Payer Healthcare with Little Government Involvement?

Single-Payer Health Insurance

Michael T. Hertz: The last time we came close to getting single-payer health insurance we wound up with the hodge-podge called “Obamacare.” When that happened, we learned that Barack Obama was ready to sell us out to the corporations — in this case, the insurance companies. He gave us half a loaf instead of trying for the full one.

The Greek Coup: Liquidity as a Weapon of Coercion

Varoufakis Charged with Treason

“My father made him an offer he couldn’t refuse. Luca Brasi held a gun to his head and my father assured him that either his brains, or his signature, would be on the contract.”  — The Godfather (1972) ormer Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis is now being charged with treason for exploring the possibility of […]

Ending Antibiotics Abuse

Ending Antibiotics Abuse

Walker Foley and Lisa Hart: The CDC estimates that every year at least 2 million Americans experience antibiotic-resistant infections, and of those infected at least 23,000 die.

Asylum Seekers: 10 Days Later

Asylum Seekers

Carmen Iguina and Zara Lockshin: Immigration officials routinely ignored the 10-day requirement, taking an average of approximately four months in 2013 to complete a reasonable fear determination, and much longer in some parts of the country.