Every couple of generations, the stars align to create the potential for monumental, transformative social change. It turns out we're in just such a moment when it comes to tackling poverty in the United States.
Two "inflation hawks" on the Federal Reserve's open market committee, Charles Plosser and Richard Fisher, will step down from the board in early 2015. That's a chance for working people to have their own representatives.
Extortion is the practice of obtaining something of value through fear, using force, threats or coercion. What does it mean when the owners of big companies say they will move if we don't cut their taxes? This is extortion.
The New York Times caught hell for an article characterizing television producer Shonda Rhimes as an “angry black woman,” but anger is still privileged in “post-racial” America.
Rand's work is shallow econo-porn, part Kraft-Ebbing and part Horatio Alger, possessing neither coherence nor philosophical depth. She writes that Galt’s Gulch represents “the mind on strike,” but it’s more like a work slowdown.
As fast-food workers across the country strike for decent pay, Burger King is still preparing to abandon the US as their home country. How does a burger company get flipped like this and who gets rich when it happens?
It's important to know we can save the planet without much, if any, net cost. It's also important to know we can save the planet and create millions of jobs, if we are willing to pay for it.
On Monday, a day after an estimated 300,000 to 400,000 people participated in the People’s Climate March in New York, a smaller group of activists set out to shut down Wall Street.
Corporate taxes used to be 46 percent. Corporations played an extortion game, saying lower our taxes or we'll move out of the U.S. The U.S. gave in and "reformed" the tax rate to 35 percent. Now the corporations are back for more.
Voter ID laws prevent voting by people Republicans detest, the derided “47 percent” that GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney spit on. Republicans are robbing citizens of the fundamental right to vote. It’s criminal.
Bill Scher concludes that there are only minor differences within the "Democratic family" which are best resolved without “war”-like primary challenges. It’s an attractive vision. Unfortunately, its also wrong. Unfort
Is Zephur Teachout strategically correct when she says an army of primary challengers is the wisest way to maximize liberal influence within the Democratic Party? Recent history suggests not.
Republicans have obstructed every effort to help the economy. In the Senate they filibustered hundreds of bills. In the House they refused to allow votes on efforts to help the economy. And then there's the sabotage.
While the explanations that blame inequality on technology can get complicated, there were three items in the last week that painted the picture very clearly for the rest of us.
What does pure self-interest really look like? It looks an awful lot like Kim Kardashian. Or Paris Hilton. Or other recent manifestations of America’s celebrity culture.
Getting out the vote in African-American communities is important, but that effort needs to be supported by policies that communities can support to close the persistent wealth gap between black and white people.
As the campaign enters into its last weeks, ordinary voters begin to pay attention. People don't seem to be buying what Republicans are selling. But Democrats can overcome the odds only if they turn to a more populist voice.
With one bizarre Facebook post Rep. Mark Sanford (R, SC) dis-engaged his “Appalachian Trail” “soulmate,” and went from being a comeback kid to being punchline, again. And that’s not even the crazy part.
Scotland’s independence vote has been cast. This historic vote should be studied by all those who want to affect political and economic change around the world, because there are important lessons to be learned.
The only way to deal with candidates who won't let the facts get in the way of a smarmy campaign ad is to speak the truth with boldness, as Sen. Elizabeth Warren does: "Social Security needs to be expanded."
The People's Climate March appears on track to be largest climate march in history, and possibly the most consequential, if it can pressure the U.N. to forge a real agreement to collectively cut our greenhouse gas emissions.
We were able to fight back against Social Security cuts, against tax cuts for the rich and corporations, for gay marriage and LGBT rights, women's health and pay, climate... Let's demand full employment, too.
Left-leaning people have been warned to pay attention to how conservative politics in the heartland resonate into national trends. This dynamic is especially acute in education.
America must stop “following tragedy with embarrassment,” and pass the End Racial Profiling Act, before the next city that’s “one dead black teenager away from burning to the ground” catches fire.
Passenger service agents at American Airlines on Tuesday voted to be represented by a union. The vote was described as “overwhelming,” with 86 percent voting in favor. Politico called this a “historic win.”
It would be a grave mistake, for the planet and for ourselves, to overlook Sunday's Flood Wall Street rally, which will target the role of global capitalism in our environmental crisis.
Six years ago, Wall Street's giants were falling like dominoes. Henry Paulson and Tim Geithner told Congress that failing to bail them out would lead to a second Great Depression. It was nonsense then. It's even greater nonsense now.
In her powerful new book, "This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate," Naomi Klein finds that humanity has no choice but to ditch its fossil fuel-driven global economy for a local model powered by renewable energy.
The legislation will help create local manufacturing "ecosystems" that bring together the necessary components for a particular kind of manufacturing come together, so that industry can grow up around them.
Republicans in the Senate on Monday unanimously filibustered the Paycheck Fairness Act. Did you see this on the news? Did you hear about it on the radio? Did you read about it in your local paper?
The big climate news in advance of next week's U.N. climate summit is a new global commission report that finds the investments needed to avert a climate crisis would likely not result in any net cost.
The New York Times informed us that Michael Brown was “no angel.” When being young and black is to be guilty until proven innocent, black children must be “angelic” just to be worthy of living.
After Citizens United, everyone retains free speech rights, but the wealthy and corporations, who can afford gigantic amplifiers, can now use their money to buy the loudest voice, one that overwhelms and silences those of tens of millions.
These pictures create a paint-by-numbers picture of a lifelong losing game. The middle class and working poor are increasingly trapped in a downward slope that stretches from their golden youth to their sunset years.
Originally sold as protecting investors from "banana republic" dictators our "NAFTA-style" trade agreements now are protecting giant corporations from the efforts of citizens in democracies to make their lives better.
Obamacare is making it possible for parents to spend more time with their kids. Before trashing Obamacare became a fundamental principle for Republicans, most would have said that parents spending time with their kids is a good thing.
So asks the Wall Street Journal editors, urging Republicans to offer a few "smallish" ideas on what they are for in the upcoming campaign. Problem is Americans would be appalled if they knew what Republicans want.
The subject: the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Trans-Atlantic Free Trade Agreement. The big draw: Economist Jeffrey Sachs, who laid out six reasons why they shouldn't be passed by Congress.
In the biggest elevator video since Beyonce and Jay Z, the world saw Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice knock his fiancé out cold. While the NFL dragged its feet on a response, right-wingers lost no time blaming the victim.
With polls showing most Americans just hate companies that renounce their U.S. citizenship to dodge paying their taxes, the DC/corporate-centric outlet Politico says Democrats are making a mistake by pushing this issue.