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In the United States, the richest 400 people own more collective wealth than the bottom 150 million. As Alperovitz puts it, this is quite literally medieval. 

The UK rioters know full well that their elites are looters too.

Why did Standard & Poor's take the seemingly radical step of downgrading the US government's credit rating, and how do ratings agencies wield such power in the first place?

Barack Obama

Obama must stop searching for common ground—and start defining higher ground.

Foreclosed

Is America finally learning that extreme inequality isn't just bad for those at the bottom—it’s ruinous for those on top, too?

When Congress, the president and the media run roughshod over popular will and citizen action, small-d democracy pays the price.

Deficit hawks argue that excessive government spending drives the US's debt woes. They're wrong.

The economy is a shambles, saved from a free fall only by the Federal Reserve’s unprecedented promise of free money for banks for at least two years.

The only way to provide for a growing populace in need of a larger infrastructure is by raising the debt ceiling.

This "Super" Committee is actually a ticking time bomb strapped to two sacred cows: military spending and social spending.

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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

One survey says job numbers are up, and another one says job numbers are down. Which one is correct?

May 2, 2014

Forty percent of households headed by someone under the age of thirty-five are saddled with student debt, unable to buy homes, raise families and secure their futures.  

April 23, 2014

In the face of a changing climate and a constrained domestic budget, the lunacy of fossil fuel subsidies is hard to overstate.

April 15, 2014

On Tax Day, it’s worth thinking about the ways to make the American tax system better. 

April 15, 2014

Why don't Republicans want to extend long-term jobless aid? Actually, it's hard to tell. 

April 8, 2014

Only one year removed from a pension-funding crisis, companies are getting a pass.

April 3, 2014