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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.

How to get yourself to the edge of the fiscal abyss and not jump. 

Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke

Chairman Ben Bernanke, who’s been sounding the alarm, is attacked constantly by the right. He and his allies need support from a mostly silent left.

Progressives falsely assume this mysterious institution is impervious to public pressure. We need to make our voices heard.

Blogs

The 1 percent has captured the majority of gains since the Great Recession in most states.

January 26, 2015

Taxing financial transactions can provide real resources to address income inequality.

January 12, 2015

And if so, does the left party inherit a poisoned chalice? Or can it make a fresh start?

December 31, 2014

Progressive senators are objecting to Obama’s latest Wall Street nominee.

November 24, 2014

The Trans-Pacific Partnership might give corporations the ability to sue countries for “expected future profits.”

November 11, 2014

Hillary Clinton may not be a populist, but she is a savvy politician.

October 17, 2014

Ryan is asking the poor to be more flexible in being oppressed.

August 15, 2014

Yes, the far right performed well in Europe’s elections. But wherever voters had a clear choice between economic democracy and right-wing xenophobia, they went left.

June 9, 2014

It’s the product of both deregulatory neoliberal capitalism and Korea’s authoritarian past—a history in which the United States played no small part.

May 21, 2014

The visible success of the European Financial Transaction (a k a Robin Hood) tax should boost efforts to build support for such a tax in the US. 

May 5, 2014