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Economy news and analysis from The Nation

  • February 2, 2006

    A Warning Bell

    Democrats can capitalize on the current economic stall and gain control of Congress with a return to bedrock principles: creating jobs, restoring incomes and rescuing families from debt.

    William Greider

  • February 1, 2006

    The End of the Internet?

    Telephone and cable companies are crafting strategies to transform the free and open Internet to a privately run service that would charge a fee for virtually everything we do online. Can we stop them?

    Jeffrey Chester

  • February 1, 2006

    Enron’s Enablers

    As the Enron trial unfolds, it's depressing that Phil and Wendy Gramm, the company's political enablers, are going unpunished and uncriticized.

    Robert Scheer

  • January 31, 2006

    Credit Crunch

    New federal guidelines for banks and credit card companies that boost minimum monthly payments have wreaked havoc on American families struggling to pay their bills and avoid bankruptcy.

    Mark Winston Griffith

  • January 26, 2006

    The Party of Davos

    American business elites in Davos for the World Economic Forum are far more interested in global markets and corporate investors than they are in ordinary Americans' needs.

    Jeff Faux


  • January 26, 2006

    Nick Kristof’s Brothel Problem

    Nicholas Kristof produces a steady stream of titillating reports on child prostitution in the Third World. Better to focus on draconian economic reforms driven by the World Bank that create the conditions for prostitution.

    Alexander Cockburn

  • January 21, 2006

    Cesar’s Ghost

    Cesar, who was always good at symbols, saved his best for last: a simple pine box, fashioned by his brother's hands, carried unceremoniously through the Central Valley town he made famous.

    Frank Bardacke

  • January 19, 2006

    Employee Free Choice

    Pass the Employee Free Choice Act to create more unions, keep workers safe from labor-law violations, preserve middle-class jobs and stabilize the economy.

    George Miller

  • January 17, 2006

    Monetary Zombies

    We're on our way to being a society of economic zombies, half dead and half alive, buried in debt but prevented by credit card companies from declaring bankruptcy.

    Nicholas von Hoffman

  • January 11, 2006

    Working-Class Hero

    While the edges continue to be smoothed off Martin Luther King Jr.'s bracing challenges to racism, war and free-market exploitation, the holiday is a time to remember a leader who believed civil rights and labor rights are tightly intertwined.

    William P. Jones