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The decline of the progressive income tax and the rise of inequality.

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In the looming debt-ceiling fight, progressives must make the case for protecting social programs, raising revenues and cutting the Pentagon budget.

It’s past time for the rule to stop banks from making making risky bets with consumers’ money. But a House committee hearing devoted itself to stalling and lying about the Volcker Rule.

We are delighted to announce the winners of The Nation’s seventh annual Student Writing Contest, Andrew Gambrione and Tess Saperstein.

A woman walks past a sign on a supermarket window

How a central bank created to exist apart from politics got drawn into bitter political arguments. 

A few key points to keep in mind during the "fiscal cliff" negotiations.

Worker

Efforts to reduce unemployment and curb inequality must be considered alongside urgent threats to the environment and democracy. 

Many governments and popular movements are embracing the need for systemic change.

Anti-Austerity strike in Madrid

You know you’re in trouble when the master of structural adjustment says enough is enough.

Barack Obama

The “fiscal cliff” is being used to demand cuts that would otherwise be politically impossible.

Blogs

The Democratic Caucus has rejected the agreement between White House and Republicans.

December 9, 2010

Audit reveals the scope of "emergency" loans. Bernie Sanders wants to know if  "secret Fed loans turned out to be direct corporate welfare to big banks." It's time to expand this investigation—and to conbsider Robert Pollin's proposal to put at least some of this money to work for the US economy.

December 2, 2010

The co-chairs of the President's National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform have a plan to address the nation's deficit and debt challenges by weakening Social Security and Medicare. They'll unveil it tomorrow. Today, Americans should tell Congress and the White House that there is no mandate for balancing the budget on the backs of working Americans. Call Congress. Raise a ruckus. Say: "Strengthen Social Security—Don't Cut It!"

November 30, 2010

Obama's Fiscal Commission puts cutting Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid "on the table." The president's response is "weak." Pelosi says, "This proposal is simply unacceptable."

November 12, 2010

The key to revitalizing the economy is freeing up still-frozen credit markets. 

September 30, 2010

Europe's workers march against austerity, but no government will challenge the new neoliberal orthodoxy.

September 30, 2010

Though progressives have ample reason to be disappointed, they should resist the temptation to sit out the November elections.

September 27, 2010

Just as the sequel to Oliver Stone's 1987 classic hits theaters, Obama appointee Elizabeth Warren will take on a new generation of Wall Street swindlers.

September 20, 2010

The massive job losses between 2008 and 2009 were surely the biggest factor in the record poverty numbers the Census just reported. But those harrowing months were neither the beginning nor the end of the problem.

September 17, 2010

Fifteen million Americans are unemployed. Poverty is up. One in four homes is under water. It's time for a serious debate on the nation's economic direction.

September 16, 2010