The Perils of Circus Politics

We’re going to need an especially wise and able leader as president. Yet our process for choosing that person is a circus, and several leading candidates are clowns. How have we come to this? Yet our process for c

The Rigging of the American Market

As long as the big corporations, Wall Street banks, their top executives and wealthy shareholders have the political power to do so, they’ll keep redistributing much of the nation’s income upward to themselves.

On Leaders and Demagogues

America is the only democracy in the world where anyone can run for president -- and, armed with enough money, possibly even win. Which makes it all the more important that we distinguish leaders from demagogues.

The Morality of a $15 Minimum

Maybe some jobs are worth risking if a strong moral case can be made for a $15 minimum. That moral case is that no one should be working full time and still remain in poverty. People who work full time are fulfilling their most basic soci

A Crisis of Public Morality, Not Private Morality

America’s problems have nothing to do with what happens in bedrooms. Our problems have everything to do with what occurs in boardrooms, and whether corporations and wealthy individuals are allowed to undermine our democracy.

The Upsurge in Uncertain Work

As Labor Day looms, more Americans than ever don’t know how much they’ll be earning next week or even tomorrow. It’s the biggest change in the American workforce in over a century, and it’s happening at lightening speed.

The Revolt Against the Ruling Class

Political insiders don’t see that the biggest political phenomenon in America today is a revolt against the “ruling class” of insiders that have dominated Washington for more than three decades.

Why Progressives Must Stay United

It’s impossible to overcome widening economic inequality in America without also dealing with the legacy of racial inequality. And it is impossible to overcome racial inequality without also reversing widening economic inequality.

Anticipatory Bribery

In every election cycle since 2008, more money has gone into lobbying at the federal level than into political campaigns. And an increasing portion of that lobbying money has gone into the pockets of former members of Congress.

Why So Many Americans Feel So Powerless

As I travel around America, I’m struck by how utterly powerless most people feel. The companies we work for, the businesses we buy from, and the political system we participate in all seem to have grown less accountable.

How Trade Deals Boost the Top 1% and Bust the Rest

I used to believe in trade agreements. That was before the wages of most Americans stagnated and a relative few at the top captured just about all the economic gains. The fact is, trade agreements are no longer really about trade.

Wall Street’s Democrats

America can’t tackle widening inequality without confronting the power and privilege lying behind it. If the Democratic party doesn’t lead the charge, who will?

The Choice of the Century

Democrats have a choice. They can refill their campaign coffers for 2016, or they can come out swinging. It’s the choice of the century. Democrats have less than two years to make it.

Empathy Deficit Disorder

Almost two-thirds of working Americans are living paycheck to paycheck. And they’re worried sick about whether their kids will ever make it. At the very least, they need leaders who empathize with what they’re going through.

Why We Allow Big Pharma to Rip Us Off

Pharmaceutical companies and device makers paid doctors some $380 million over a five-month period in 2013. Drug company payments to doctors are a small part of a much larger strategy by Big Pharma to clean our pockets.

Why the Economy is Still Failing Most Americans

Economic expansions used to improve the incomes of the bottom 90 percent more than the top 10 percent. But starting with the “Reagan” recovery the benefits of economic growth during expansions have gone mostly to the top 10 percent.

How To Curb Outrageous CEO Salaries

Since the 1980s, CEO salaries have skyrocketed from 30 to 280 times what typical workers earn. There’s no easy answer for reversing this trend, but a bill introduced in the California legislature creates the right incentives.

The Republican Strategy To Keep Wages Low

Republicans say they won't extend emergency unemployment benefits unless their cost is offset by cuts elsewhere in the budget. But they won't even consider offsetting the cost by closing tax loopholes for the rich.

Why We Need an Investment Budget

Part of the President’s State of the Union message and of his second term agenda apparently will focus on public investments in education, infrastructure, and basic R&D.