Why Trump Might Win

Americans who feel like they’re being screwed are attracted to an authoritarian bully – a strongman who will kick ass. The former reality TV star appears tough and confrontational enough to take on powerful vested interests.

Share-the-Gains Capitalism

If I were a betting man, I’d put my money a model of capitalism that’s neither no-lose socialism for the rich nor cruel hyper-capitalism for the rest, but share-the-gains capitalism for everyone.

Why the Critics of Bernienomics Are Wrong

Not day goes by, it seems, without the mainstream media bashing Berney Sanders’s economic plan – quoting certain economists as saying his numbers don’t add up. They’re wrong. You need to know the truth, and spread it.

An Open Letter to the Republican Establishment

You are the captains of American industry, the titans of Wall Street, and the billionaires who for decades have been the backbone of the Republican Party. But you’re paying a big price – and about to pay far more.

The End of the Establishment?

Something very big has happened, and it’s not due to Bernie Sanders’ magnetism or Donald Trump’s likeability. It’s a rebellion against the establishment. The question is why the establishment has been so slow to see this.

The Death of the Republican Party

I’m writing to you today to announce the death of the Republican Party. It is no longer a living, vital, animate organization. It died in 2016. RIP. It has been replaced by warring tribes.

Why We Must Try

Instead of “Yes we can,” many Democrats have adopted a new slogan this election year: “We shouldn’t even try.” I understand their defeatism. But here’s the problem. There’s no way to reform the system without rocking the boat.

The Volcanic Core Fueling the 2016 Election

If you’re working harder but getting nowhere, and understand that the system is rigged against you and in favor of the rich, you don’t care about the details of proposed policies and programs. You just want a system that works for you.

Who Lost the White Working Class?

Democrats could still win back the white working class -- putting together a huge coalition of the working class and poor, of whites, blacks, and Latinos, of everyone who has been shafted by the shift in wealth and power to the top.

The Economy in 2016: On the Edge of Recession

Economic forecasters exist to make astrologers look good, but I expect the U.S. economy to sputter in 2016. That’s because the economy faces a deep structural problem: not enough demand for goods and services it's capable of producing.

Of Rotten Apples and Rotten Systems

Martin Shkreli, the former hedge-fund manager turned pharmaceutical CEO who was arrested last week, has been described as a sociopath. In reality, he’s a brasher version of what others in finance and corporate suites do all the time.

The Revolt of the Anxious Class

The great American middle class has become an anxious class – and it’s in revolt. Before I explain how that revolt is playing out, you need to understand the sources of the anxiety.

What to Do About Disloyal Corporations

If Pfizer or any other American corporation wants to leave America to avoid U.S. taxes, that’s their business. But they should no longer get any of the benefits of American citizenship – because they’ve stopped paying for them.

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.
1 2