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“The First Cotton Gin,” Harper’s Weekly, December 18, 1869

Capitalism’s newest critics offer a groundbreaking account of slavery, but does their economic history add up?

Under Obama, the richer are richer than ever, but Wall Street isn’t repaying the favor.

Progressives have forgotten that taxes do more than just raise money.

After Friday’s violent clashes, the greatest conflict facing the movement may come from within.

David Brooks

For one-percenters like the Times columnist, city life has never been better.

Pollution

What if, instead of accepting a future of climate catastrophe and private profits, we decide to change everything?

Hong Kong is one of the most unequal developed economies in the world. Now the mainland government wants to keep a tight grip on the territory’s political system too.

Blogs

Without serious reform, migrant fishers in Thailand will remain as disposable as fish bait.

March 2, 2015

The government and the opposition do battle as ordinary Venezuelans weather an economic crisis.

March 2, 2015

The government just sold off the once-controversial land. Here’s what they should have done with it instead.

February 27, 2015

Fifteen former students of the for-profit Corinthian college chain are launching a debt strike to allow other debtors to do just that. 

February 23, 2015

We don’t tell students with subsidized loans what to major in, but we like to tell people on food stamps what they should buy.

February 18, 2015

In states from South Dakota to Oklahoma, right-wing representatives are pulling every string to try to keep the poor down.

February 18, 2015

We’ve reformed the social safety net at the cost of human lives.

February 17, 2015

The Syriza coalition is not just pushing for a better deal—it is saying no to a self-destructive game.

February 12, 2015

If he doesn't read the writing on the bank notes, the president will be remembered as “Wrong-Way Obama.”

February 9, 2015

To strengthen corporate dominance, Washington steadily undermined democracy, encouraged exploitation and nourished anti-union violence in the south.

February 6, 2015