After democracy came, they tore down the prison where freedom fighters were held and used the bricks to build the nation’s first Constitutional Court. We’ll be learning from Nelson Mandela's example long after the eulogies have ended.
This Thursday, workers at fast-food restaurants nationwide will strike for higher pay and better working conditions. Their primary demand is an increase in wage to $15 an hour.
An almost palpable air of desperation clings to the anti-“populist,” anti-Elizabeth Warren editorial by Jonathan Cowan and Jim Kessler of the corporate-funded Third Way organization.
t's beginning to look as if the fight for a livable minimum wage might – just might – alter our political future. The minimum wage struggle is taking place at the intersection of powerful forces.
Just when it seemed that there was nothing more to learn about the illegal and immoral culture which has permeated JP Morgan Chase, the nation’s largest bank, more facts emerge.
I just had a new piece published in Salon.com about Tyler Cowen, the libertarian economist who's been described as "the next Tom Friedman." Cowen shares Friedman's infatuation with technology - and his belief that the middle class is disposable.
Presidents are the products of the times at least as much they are the shapers of them. JFK was not a conservative. That idea calls upon us to, in Rilke’s words, “gently remove the semblance of injustice that ... hinders spirits from moving on."
Neel Kashkari is a former Goldman Sachs Golden Boy and Treasury official responsible for overseeing $700 billion in bailouts to his former employer and other Wall Street firms. Now he wants to run for Governor. Good luck with that.
This week Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts gave an important speech in which she joined a small but growing cadre of American leaders committed to building, rather than cutting, Social Security.
There is an opportunity to shift the budget debate to an area where Democrats hold the high ground. But it will be a challenge for some Democrats to take the initiative on a subject they seem reluctant to discuss. The subject is taxes.
The crash of 2008 cost our economy as much as $14 trillion, long-term unemployment is at record highs - and Republicans kept asking the nominee for Federal Reserve Chair when the Fed would stop trying to do anything about it.
Voters in the state of New Jersey and the city of Tacoma, Washington voted to increase the minimum wage in last week’s election. Something's happening here that can't be ignored.
We wrote an extended piece, available at AlterNet and Salon, on a new poll funded by Esquire magazine and NBC News which claims to have discovered the existence of something called “the New American Center.”
“To a hammer,” the saying says, “everything looks like a nail.” To the Beltway insiders who push corporate-friendly “bipartisanship,” every election proves that voters really want to be governed by elites from both parties. Forget it.
Joshua Holland offers an important counterpoint to today's slanted political dialogue with his essay on "the high cost of low taxes." Washington’s obsession with tax cuts and deficit reduction is distracting the American people.
The Senate’s role in presidential nominations is “advise and consent,” not “obstruct and prevent.” But even so-called “moderate” Republicans like Susan Collins won't block a filibuster of Mel Watt to lead the Federal Housing Finance Agency.
The House-Senate budget negotiations are scheduled to begin on Wednesday. How will we know whether they are looking out for the public’s interests? This four-point document is an excellent place to start.
A broad coalition of organizations, including the Campaign for America’s Future and Social Security Works, is joining Sen. Bernie Sanders in a petition to resist cuts to Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare. It only takes a few moments to sign.