Tammy Ingram: Ryan’s position embodies what one author has called — uncynically — “libertarianism with benefits”: Taking advantage of federal spending while at the same time protesting against it.
Michael Sigman: Most Americans — for whom the phrase “retirement package” is a cruel joke — have watched their net worth collapse while CEO payouts have reached heights far beyond the reach of mortal men.
Walter Moss: What is it about our nation’s values that inclines us to be so accepting of advertising and all the falsity and ugliness that comes with it?
Lauren Steiner: Since the mainstream media, even MSNBC, is owned by large corporations representing the top 1%, we cannot count on them to serve as the check on government that our Founders intended the press to be.
Tracy Emblem: Implementing clean energy in California now – not twenty years from now – is a not only a public health issue — it’s a matter of economic survival.
David A. Love: I don’t think the civil rights movement fought for the right of black students to get caught up in the campus drug game, with dead bodies strewn along their path. But one thing is certain: we must learn from the Chanequa Campbells, the Brittany Smiths, the Kemba Smiths, and the Edmund Perrys. We must learn what can go wrong when you are young, gifted, and black.
Randy Shaw: The absence of labor reporters is a symptom of a larger media trend that now sees union activism and elections as deserved only of local coverage, while corporate news wins national attention. So the New York Times reports on Disney’s public relations event in Orlando, Florida is reported by, while UNITE HERE’s far more newsworthy event at Disneyland gets only local press.