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Nicholas von Hoffman

Nicholas von Hoffman, a veteran newspaper, radio and TV reporter and columnist, is the author, most recently, of Radical: A Portrait of Saul Alinsky, due out this month from Nation Books.

  • Activism November 23, 2005

    In Praise of John Murtha

    With 457 blunt-spoken words, John Murtha broke the spell that had held the country captive to the misguided adventure in Iraq. It suddenly became respectable to talk of a pullout. It was his finest moment: For the first time, there is hope this war may end.

    Nicholas von Hoffman

  • Economy November 21, 2005

    Buyers’ Remorse

    Home equity--for those lucky enough to own a house or condo--is a primary source of economic security. But unsold inventory, rising interest rates and record levels of mortgage defaults are making the future look grim.

    Nicholas von Hoffman

  • Corporations November 14, 2005

    The Disappearing Flu Vaccine

    Flu vaccine is in short supply this season, and the reason is that drug companies can't make as much money protecting us from disease as from developing expensive treatments for niche illnesses.

    Nicholas von Hoffman

  • Congress November 7, 2005

    Gas Price-gouging or Business as Usual?

    As the Senate opens hearings this week calling energy execs to account for their windfall profits on gasoline and natural gas, the question must be asked: Is this price-gouging or just good old-fashioned capitalism?

    Nicholas von Hoffman

  • Economic Policy November 1, 2005

    Rising Prices + Higher Interest Rates = Middle-Class Misery

    Interest rates nosed higher today as the Federal Reserve Board sought to control inflation. But the impact of runaway inflation is already being felt by workers whose wages will stagnate and whose earning power is on a steep decline.

    Nicholas von Hoffman


  • Education Reform October 25, 2005

    The Increasingly Private Public School

    The privatization of the nation's greatest, once-public colleges and universities is well under way. The loss of low-cost higher education is a quiet tragedy, one that will severely limit the potential of generations of future students.

    Nicholas von Hoffman

  • Economics October 14, 2005

    Goodbye, Mr. Goodwrench

    Delphi's bankruptcy is a marker of a new America in which there is no collective security, no union to make you strong, no government to give you shelter, in which workers stand alone.

    Nicholas von Hoffman

  • Banking October 5, 2005

    Pop Goes the Real Estate Bubble

    Stocks crash and housing prices tend to go down with a whisper. But a disturbing number of signs now point to a sudden burst of the real estate bubble.

    Nicholas von Hoffman

  • Business September 27, 2005

    A Devil’s Dictionary of Business

    Had your fill of spin and flimflam about the greatness of corporate America? Here's the real truth about money, high finance and low, commerce, clever tricks, globalism and globaloney.

    Nicholas von Hoffman

  • Activism September 19, 2005

    Visionaries Wanted

    New homes for those displaced by Hurricane Katrina need not be the penitentiary-style public housing we've come to dread. Bring in architects who know how to create human-scale dwellings for the poor.

    Nicholas von Hoffman