O Bondage Up Yours! Philanthropy Wakes Up

Part feminist rallying cry, part anti-consumerist manifesto, the title of English punk band X-Ray Spex’s 1977 debut single, O Bondage Up Yours, describes how I now feel after reading three […]
James Mumm

Hard Knocks Turned Alison McIntosh Collectivist

Alison McIntosh learned early that life is a little easier with help from friends. Her first professional job reinforced that notion. And now, as a University of Pittsburgh graduate student, […]
Leo Gerard

Reaching Critical Mass On Taxing The Rich

Serious societal change typically only takes place when the pressure for change hits “critical mass.” Politicians have recently been seeking to top each other with sober proposals for trimming the wealth of the super-rich down to democratic proportions.

Grad Students Stand With Steelworkers

  “Steelworker” generally evokes images of hulking mill buildings, steel-toed boots, and molten metal – not ivory towers, doctoral dissertations, and university research. But 2,000 graduate students at the University […]
Leo Gerard

AOC Smashes The Overton Window

Hillary Clinton, with her focus group-tested moderation, may have failed to break the glass ceiling. But Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, with her fearlessness, outspokenness, and mastery of social media has broken another […]
Miles Mogulescu

Medicare For All Is The Care Every Family Needs

My name is Dr. Laura Kaplan-Weisman, and I am a family physician from Maryland. I provide primary care to people of all ages and all walks of life, and I […]
Laura Kaplan-Weisman

How Unapologetic Progressives Won Big in Chicago

On a Wednesday evening in February, Marta Popadiak, the organizing director for People’s Lobby and Reclaim Chicago, was busy making phone calls to voters in Chicago’s 33rd ward for left-wing […]
Will Tanzman

The Death Penalty Is Getting Crueler

For years, most of the U.S. has been changing death penalty laws in the direction of phasing it out, or at least applying it in a more humane way. In […]
Jill Richardson

The #PeoplesWave Is Rising

The #PeoplesWave of grassroots champions rising up to reclaim our government has just begun. After taking back the U.S. House in November with an unprecedented number of women and people […]
Mehrdad Azemun

A ‘Buyback’ for Our Future?

The dollars top corporate execs are plowing into "buybacks" of their own stock could, if invested elsewhere, help significantly share the wealth the modern American economy creates.

Trump Hates Farmers

Have you noticed how often Donald Trump prefaces his comments and tweets with phrases like “frankly,” “to tell the truth,” and “believe me”? More than a verbal tic, these qualifiers […]
Jim Hightower

Republicans on Health Care: Do Vast Harm

U.S. Attorney General William Barr, a Republican, told an appeals court that his predecessor, Jeff Sessions, didn’t go far enough when he asked a federal judge to kill the Affordable […]
Leo Gerard

Cuomo to New York’s Homeless: Drop Dead

Did you ever hear about the time President Ford told New York City to “Drop Dead?” That was forty-four years ago – I wasn’t even born yet –  but I […]
Jawanza James Williams

What Health Care Means For Families Like Mine

As a young mother doing it on my own, Medicaid has become a necessity. After giving birth at 17, I re-enrolled in high school in my hometown of Austin, Texas. […]
Katy Moreno

Russia Was Never the Real Scandal

Robert Mueller won’t be filing any more indictments related to the “Russiagate” investigation. Though the search unearthed ample evidence that Russia wanted Trump to become president — and hints that some members […]
Peter Certo

It’s Green and It’s a New Deal

I’m from Lone Tree, Iowa – a town of about 1,300 in the eastern part of our state. Our Senator, Joni Ernst, has attacked the Green New Deal multiple times. […]
Virginia Meyer

Solidarity Against Hate

The union I lead, the United Steelworkers (USW), believes in unity, that “all working men and women, regardless of creed, color or nationality” are eligible for membership. That was the […]
Leo Gerard

Moneyball in a Deeply Unequal Age

Star baseball outfielder Mike Trout has just signed the biggest pay deal in pro sports history, and no one may be happier than America’s staggeringly overpaid CEOs.

White Nationalism, Born in the USA, Is Now a Global Threat

  The recent massacre of 50 Muslim worshippers at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand is the latest confirmation that white supremacy is a danger to democratic societies across the globe. Despite President […]
Art Jipson, Paul J. Becker

Bring Back Eisenhower Socialism

Anytime a politician proposes a wildly popular idea that helps ordinary people, a few grumpy conservatives will call them “socialists.” Propose to reduce college debt, help sick families, or ensure […]
Chuck Collins

To Clean Up the Planet, Clean Up Washington

For decades, majorities of Americans have favored swift, meaningful action on climate change. They understand that we must transition away from dirty fuels and toward clean, renewable energy. Yet despite […]
John Sarbanes, Michael Brune

Expanding Supreme Court May Be Only Way to Protect Democracy

Mitch McConnell has achieved his lifelong political dream: packing the Federal Courts, and especially The Supreme Court, with right-wing extremists, who thanks to him, now hold lifetime appointments. The result: […]
Miles Mogulescu

The Big Cheat

The children of working stiffs learned a brutal lesson this week as federal prosecutors criminally charged rich people with buying admission to elite universities for their less-than-stellar children. The lesson […]
Leo Gerard

We Will Not Rest Until Housing Justice Is Done

  On Wednesday, Senator Elizabeth Warren introduced a historic housing bill, the American Housing and Economic Mobility Act. This bill is an important step forward in our fight to guarantee […]
Ashley Bennett

Will the Senate Sell Our Future for Campaign Dollars?

My name is Jessica Juarez Scruggs, and I recently joined the Sunrise Movement and a courageous group of young Kentuckians who took over the office of Senate Majority Leader Mitch […]
Jessica Juarez Scruggs

A Modest Proposal: Don’t Start a Nuclear War

In a matter of minutes, as easily as sending a tweet, a sitting U.S. president could decide to launch a nuclear attack, without anyone else’s approval or authorization. In a […]
Olivia Alperstein

Rabble Rousing for Righteous Retirement

  Standing out among the bald pates and grey hairs crowding into a Congressional hearing room on Thursday morning with “Protect our Pensions” stickers will be 26-year-old Ben Trusnik. The […]
Leo Gerard

Electing Movement Leaders in Chicago

The wave of victories by a new generation of progressive leaders in Chicago’s Mayoral and City Council elections mark the most impressive results for movement candidates in the city since […]
Will Tanzman

Democrats Need to Think Big for 2020

There is a dizzying array of potential presidential nominees for Democratic primary voters to choose from—so many that they won’t even fit on one debate stage. But there is one […]
Robert Borosage

Gritty Trade Negotiations

It took grit to get this far. U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer explained that to Congress last week. So, he said, no one in the administration is backing down now. […]
Leo Gerard

Chicago Scores Major Victories for People’s Politics

Here in Chicago, our beloved City by the Lake, the People’s Wave is gaining momentum. What began in Philadelphia and New York last November continues in Chicago, as more machine […]
Mehrdad Azemun
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