Five Reasons Glass-Steagall Matters

What does a banking law passed 75 years ago and repealed 16 years ago have to do with the 21st century economy? As it turns out, a lot – and thus it became a major issue in Saturday's Democratic presidential debate.
Richard Eskow

The “New Democrats” Confront a New Reality

Once again, Third Way and its allies are misreading the economic and political moment. If their influence continues to wane, perhaps one day Americans can stop paying the price for their ill-conceived agenda.
Richard Eskow

How Unions Fight Inequality and Strengthen Democracy

A new International Monetary Fund study shows that a reinvigorated labor movement is essential to a just economy and a well-functioning democracy. It deserves widespread attention – and should inspire concerted action.
Richard Eskow

“Sowers of Change”: The Pope Arrives At a Critical Moment

Pope Francis' itinerary seems to suit his message: political institutions must respond to the needs of the people, the economy should be a tool for human betterment, and it's possible for us to remake society.
Richard Eskow

The GOP Debate is What Oligarchy Looks Like

Recently five Republican presidential candidates paraded themselves before a group of mega-donors convened by the Koch brothers. Thursday's debate was an extension of the Kochs’ beauty pageant.
Richard Eskow

The GOP’s Anti-Elderly, Pro-Billionaire Agenda

The GOP isn’t openly presenting itself as the anti-elderly party. But its leading presidential candidates are pushing cuts to Social Security, and its budgets would end Medicare as we know it.
Richard Eskow

Is Jeb’s Social Security Flub The Worst Bush Gaffe Yet?

The former Florida governor has been running on a platform that includes cutting Social Security benefits, so he’s been talking about raising the retirement age. But he doesn't even know what the retirement age is.
Richard Eskow

In Search of the Democratic Soul

The best way to find the soul of the Democratic Part is by seeking out the small-d “democratic” soul instead – that voice of the majority that so often goes unheard in today’s money-driven politics.
Richard Eskow

The Populist Agenda: The Fight for a Just Society

The obstacles faced by the progressive movement aren’t news to anybody who's been paying attention. But recent developments may also stir an unfamiliar sensation in the liberally minded observer: optimism.
Richard Eskow

Tracking the Progress of the Progressive Agenda

As we address income inequality, the Fight for $15 shows us that we can reach seemingly unachievable goals. It tells us that we must not let others determine the limits of the politically possible.
Richard Eskow

The Big Banks Are Corrupt – And Getting Worse

The repercussions of the latest Justice Department deal with felonious big banks were limited to a few headlines and some scattered protestations. That’s not enough. Our financial system is corrupt by design.
Richard Eskow

The Left Matters – Now, More Than Ever

The left is important because it holds the key to energizing disaffected voters across the political spectrum – the voters who believe that neither political party is speaking to their most deeply-felt needs.
Richard Eskow

Opportunity or Inequality? That’s No Choice At All.

We don't live in a world where policy makers must choose between reducing wealth inequality or helping working-class Americans get ahead. In fact, it's impossible to address one without the other.
Richard Eskow

A “College” Closes, But Student Debt Lives On

Corinthian Colleges has officially shut down. But for most of its students, and for a generation enchained by student debt, the need for action remains. Abuses must be addressed, and their victims made whole.
Richard Eskow

The Surprise Issue of the 2016 Election?

Will Hillary Clinton embrace her party's growing call to increase Social Security benefits? It's not an extreme idea, or even a particularly “leftist” one. In fact, it was a key part of the Republican platform – in 1956.
Richard Eskow

The “Fight for $15” and the Return of the Vanishing Worker

The “fight for $15” matters – because the lives of working people matter, and because the success of this effort would help strengthen the American economy. But the significance of April 15's action runs even deeper than that.
Richard Eskow

Social Security: The Anti-Populist Empire Strikes Back

The latest attack on Social Security comes from a “libertarian” finance writer, an editor for the National Review and – inevitably – the editorial board of the Washington Post. But there's a struggle among Democrats, too.
Richard Eskow

Indiana Toll Road: Privatization’s Highway to Hell

The Indiana Toll Road is an infinite loop through the neoliberal world order, the mirror of a recursive economy in which every step toward corporatization creates more hardship – which calls for more privatization.
Richard Eskow

Big-Bank Bad Guys Bully Democracy – And Blow It

They've cheated customers and defrauded investors. Now they want to use our legalized system of campaign-cash corruption to protect themselves from the very government that rescued them.
Richard Eskow

How Corporations Run Congress: A Talk With Ryan Grim

The Citizens United decision was dependent on an assurance that it would not lead to even the appearance of corruption. The findings of two Huffington Post reporters challenge that assertion.
Richard Eskow

Will Social Security Decide Maryland’s Senate Race?

It comes down to this question: Are these Democrats committed to ensuring that retired working people can live in dignity and financial security? That's become a litmus test for their commitment to the American majority.
Richard Eskow

Three Signs That Young Americans Are Getting a Raw Deal

Three signs add up to one stark reality: A nation that prides itself on being the land of opportunity is closing the avenues of advancement for an entire generation. Change will come only if we take action.
Richard Eskow
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