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By refusing to treat Marx as our contemporary, Jonathan Sperber has brought him back to life.

Robert Reich

A conversation with the former labor secretary and merry-eyed agitator about the great ill that ails the country.

Food bank

Waiting lists for food aid have been growing for years—now almost 15 percent of the nation's elderly don't have enough to eat.

Americorps aid relief

Is AmeriCorps a lifeline for debt-burdened young Americans—or one more example of relentless government cost-cutting?

Wooden painting of woman

As the wealth gap grows, so have the number of ways a woman can sell her body. What is the cost?

Jamie Dimon

Despite Jamie Dimon’s record as a leader in the radical deregulation of banking, Obama continues to cozy up to his Wall Street backer.

Obama at G20

Meanwhile, activists organized a counter-summit to discuss the problems world leaders were unwilling to address. 

Summers Bails, Progressives Celebrate

His withdrawal from consideration as Fed chair could mark a watershed for the left wing of the Democratic Party.

America’s Shameful Poverty Stats

That so many of our political leaders tolerate so much misery amid so much plenty is one of the great scandals of our age.

Lawrence Summers

But Main Street must still live with the consquences of the policies he helped engineer. 

Blogs

The extremism of the vice presidential candidate’s blueprint for the GOP makes him the farthest thing from brave.

August 14, 2012

Mitt Romney tops the ticket, officially, But Paul Ryan is now its defining figure. Right-wingers are delighted. And so are Democrats.

August 11, 2012

We’ve got questions about poverty, and it’s time for the presidential candidates to give us some answers. Peter Edelman kicks off a new series at TheNation.com.

August 10, 2012

Could Mitt Romney really be foolish enough to pick as his running mate a bailout-backing, budget-busting hypocrite whose fiscal fantasies threaten Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security?

August 8, 2012

On Wednesday, the USPS went into default. It’s time to elect a legislature that will defend our postal service.

August 3, 2012

If every trade carried a cost, how quickly do you think Wall St. would rein in the robots?

August 3, 2012

The latest on Palermo's factory workers in Milwaukee and SEIU janitors in Houston who are fighting for fair treatment and a decent wage.

August 3, 2012

It’s time we retire the idea of single mothers as being the root of economic inequality, and marriage being some king of panacea for financial instability.

July 30, 2012

Sequestration cuts will hit women fastest and hardest.

July 30, 2012

The latest chapter in the political games the GOP plays with the lives of poor people.

July 27, 2012