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A man can be rich, but only a nation can be wealthy. And if anyone
suffers from poverty, our whole country bears the shame.

Newly elected advocates of fair trade in the House and Senate could
reverse the free-trade absolutism of the Clinton and Bush years.

Milton Friedman's free-market faith produced a bastardized system of
interest-group politics that favors sectors of citizens at the expense
of many others.

Although the United States itches to do away with Hugo Chávez, his socialist
policies are alleviating poverty and earning the people's trust. To
Bush's chagrin, the Venezuelan leader is here to stay.

Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus has helped a lot of poor women, but
the basic problem in developing countries is landlessness. A $130
microloan won't solve that problem.

The Swedish Academy bestowed this year's Nobel Peace Prize to Muhammad Yunus, the father of microcredit. It's easy to believe Yunus's low-interest loans to the poor are a silver bullet against global economic injustice. But it's not that simple.

As election day approaches, don't expect a reasoned discussion of
economic policy between the two parties. A barrage of
quips and one-liners have taken the place of detail and fact in
political debate.

Every person on this year's Forbes 400 list of America's richest people is a billionaire, who collectively possess about $1.25 trillion. Imagine how many Congressmen that will buy.

As China's economy surges forward, so does the pileup of social
contradictions: pollution, migration, crime and family dysfunction.

Before the storm, neoliberalism shaped the social and economic
inequities of New Orleans; after Hurricane Katrina, it worsened them
by making government the tool of corporations and investors.

Blogs

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 we still need a “Freedom Budget for All Americans.”

April 15, 2014

Stephen Black appears on Melissa Harris-Perry to discuss how predators set up shop and grab a cut of their victims’ tax refunds. 

April 14, 2014

Expanding energy access makes sense. What doesn’t make sense is using a failed scheme—like carbon trading—to pay for it.

April 11, 2014

Whatever setback they’ve encountered, poor people don’t need more “incentives” to lift themselves out of poverty.

April 9, 2014

California is known for protecting a woman’s right to choose. Will this be the year the state extends that same right to poor women?

April 8, 2014

She's teaching her party how to take the events of a moment and weave them into a narrative that addresses the fundamental challenges facing the country.

April 8, 2014

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

April 8, 2014

And that’s good news for the progressive mayor.

April 8, 2014