Here's a final question before Sunday night's relatively unmemorable Academy Awards gala fades from memory. Why were the only two films to deal with financial scams also the two surprise shut-outs of the night?
In a Harper's essay and an interview with Bill Moyers, Adolph Reed Jr. argues the American left has ceased to exist as a viable political force. This has the potential to jumpstart some long-overdue conversations.
A recent report confirms that some of the officials crafting the Trans-Pacific Partnership were paid handsomely by the Wall Street institutions that stand to benefit from it.
President Obama's 2015 federal budget comes weeks he after declared inequality “the defining moral challenge of our time.” Early reports about the budget show no signs of such broad moral sweep or scope.
Progressives campaigned aggressively to remove the chained CPI cut of Social Security benefits from this year’s federal budget because they view the document as rhetorical as well as practical.
The White House has often been unwilling or unable to explain why additional spending is necessary to heal the economy – especially bad news for Democrats who'll have to face the voters in November.
Why is whether President Obama will reprise the "chained CPI" Social Security cut in his 2015 budget even an open question? Truth is, motives don't matter. What we know for sure is that it is still an open question.
There are strong arguments for raising the minimum wage even more than $10.10 an hour – perhaps considerably more – than is currently being discussed, and the independent left should be making them.
West Virginia filmmaker Mari-Lynn Evans is interviewed on the “Zero Hour” radio show about the ongoing harm there caused by groundwater pollution and by selling government to the highest bidder.
There’s an underlying pattern to policy positions "freedom"-proclaiming conservatives are taking. Each would rob people of their freedom to choose their jobs, negotiate their salaries, or decide how they want to live.
Reagan’s economic legacy is one of failure, but in another way it could be argued that he was genuinely transformative: as the first celebrity politician for the modern corporate state.
With one in four American households underserved by the current banking system, and with the U.S. Post Office in search of more revenue, why not use the postal system to offer banking services to lower-income households?
Perhaps no myth is more prevalent or intractable than the one that says that the United States is a “moderate” nation. Polling data shows conclusively that this is wrong, but the mythology refuses to die.
FDR was an unapologetic liberal, a believer in the ability of government to channel the goodness of people for the betterment of all. On the occasion of Roosevelt’s birthday, let’s agree to stop apologizing for government.
How did Tuesday night’s State of the Union speech resonate on Wall Street? Sometimes the old saying is literally true: Silence is golden. Perhaps that’s not surprising. But the nation deserved better.
Pete Seeger knew that what comes first is the poetic reality, the musical reality, the realities of the heart. The heart must be inspired by the beauty of the dream. And the beauty of the dream is the cadence of the song.
By now millions have heard that Silicon Valley billionaire Tom Perkins compared progressive political speech to the night of religious violence that paved the way for the Holocaust. Here’s what you probably don’t know.
What do you give a Wall Street CEO who has presided over a decade of fraud and criminality, who directly supervised a unit which lost $6 billion through incompetent and […]
This could become the model for a new and profoundly subversive model of governance, in which elected government becomes little more than an afterthought to corporate-backed deal-making. But the fight isn't over.
Politico reported recently that "Washington went to war against big Wall Street banks" and "Washington won in a blowout." If the banks are losing a war, every conqueror since Genghis Khan would be glad to do the same.
When you look too long into the Abyss, said Nietzsche, the Abyss looks into you. That’s what Republicans' economic statements are like nowadays. Instead of a core philosophy, there's an abyss. But they still have an agenda.
Democratic voters have been pleading with the president for years not to cut Social Security. Now the pleas are coming from Democratic senators. You can’t blame them. They could lose over this issue.
Don’t boast, as Sen. Harry Reid did last week, that the unemployment extension is “entirely paid for.” Sure, Democrats will eventually need to make a deal, but why aren't they making their case first?
Christie and his staff reflect a view of other people as nothing more than rubes to be manipulated and exploited, whether they’re trying to escape the trap of long-term unemployment or Fort Lee during the morning rush hour.
The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget has chided the Senate for moving toward extending emergency unemployment insurance without offsetting the cost. That's a good time to consider: What, exactly, is a "responsible" budget?
Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King, Jr., John F. Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson – each of them issued a moral challenge to wage ceaseless war against poverty and its causes. Conscience calls on each of us to take up their challenge.
JPMorgan Chase is the Zelig of Wall Street crime. Take a snapshot of any major bank fraud and chances are you’ll see it staring out at you. How does the nation's largest bank get away with being worse than Enron? By being the largest bank.
A recent piece on the retirement crisis faced by Millenials never blames older people for their woes. That's a refreshing change from usual narratives, which is good, because the generations have a common struggle.
An increasing number of people, including the President and New York’s new mayor, have suggested that inequality of wealth and opportunity is the defining issue of our time. Some folks are having none of it. Who's right? There's no choice.
What a difference a year makes. It’s now considered politically reckless to get too far out front on the subject of benefit cuts. And the implications of this shifting debate run even deeper, to the future of our social contract.
One year ago a good argument could have been made for cynicism and despair when it came to financial reform. Twelve months later, things are still tough. And yet, there are unexpected and promising signs.
The Equal Employment for All Act is an admirable and important bill which deserves our support. It also gives us an opportunity to have a broader discussion about the kind of society we hope to become.
It’s becoming increasingly clear that, at least politically, 2014 will be “The Year of Economic Populism.” Now the question is, who gets to decide what that really means?
A “centrist” is defined as “one who takes a position in the political center.” The polling data is clear: If anybody should be called a “centrist” in last week’s Social Securityconflict, it’s Elizabeth Warren and those who agree with her.
Last week a judge ruled that Detroit could move forward with its plan to cut pensions for retired city workers. This week Washington is celebrating a budget deal that harms older people. When did old people become The Enemy?
The phrase that keeps coming to mind with regard to the budget deal struck by congressional negotiators Tuesday, especially when it comes to the unemployed, is more than 200 years old: Man's inhumanity to man.
There was a big dust-up in the Democratic Party last week, triggered by an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal from the leaders of a Wall Street-funded “think tank”/lobbying group called Third Way. it was a fight about the future.
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.