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Inequality news and analysis from The Nation

  • February 17, 2011

    The Outrage Deficit

    After years of fraying, the US social compact is in danger of coming apart altogether. Will Americans fight back?

    the Editors

  • February 16, 2011

    Obama Should Be Ashamed of His Budget

    “This freeze would cut the deficit by more than $400 billion over the next decade, bringing this kind of spending -- domestic discretionary spending -- to its lowest share of our economy since Dwight Eisenhower was President. Let me repeat that...."

    That was our president announcing his 2012 budget. And indeed let's repeat that — and note a few things he didn't say.

    Laura Flanders

  • February 15, 2011

    John Nichols on America’s Socialist Legacy

     As the right works to portray Obama as a socialist, John Nichols explains how positive socialist ideals have been blacklisted from our political discourse. 

    Political Affairs

  • February 3, 2011

    The Conservative Class War, Continued

    The assault on public employee unions is the next phase of a the forty-year campaign by the rich against the rest of us.

    Eric Alterman

  • January 27, 2011

    Boom Town and Bust City: A Tale of Two New Yorks

    Wall Street is rolling in cash again, but the rest of the city is still stuck in the Great Recession.

    Lizzy Ratner


  • January 3, 2011

    An Answer to 2011’s Austerity Arguments: ‘We Won’t Pay For Their Crisis’

    First, Washington squandered tax dollars on unnecessary wars. Next, Washington bailed out the big banks. Now, the battlelines of 2011 are drawn. President Obama's "Deficit Commission," Republicans in Congress and even some Democrats say the country's broke and that we're going to have to put Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and other social programs at risk to balance the books. What the right response? "We Won't Pay for Their Crisis."

    John Nichols

  • December 17, 2010

    Obama Gets His Tax Deal, Reanimating Reaganomics

    With the deal now done, key Democrats warn about mounting deficits and threat to social programs, with Oregon's Peter DeFazio declaring: "This is a raw deal for seniors, taxpayers and working men and women."

    John Nichols

  • December 15, 2010

    Harry Potter and the Bailed-Out Banks

    There's a new blockbuster out just in time for the holidays: Harry Potter and the Bailed-Out Banks.

    Laura Flanders

  • December 13, 2010

    Briefing: Richard Kim & Betsy Reed on Obama’s Tax Cut Deal

    For Kim and Reed, Obama's caving to Republican pressure on extending tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans was a defeat, even if it resulted in some good results for progressives. But if the Democrats are compromising their values now, how does this bode for upcoming legislative battles?

    Press Room

  • December 2, 2010

    The Big Float’s a Big Scam

    WikiLeaks may be the biggest information explosion this week, but Wednesday's mammoth release of documents pertaining to the Fed's bank bailout program could well spark the most outrage—at least among those not fortunate enough to head a firm on Wall Street.

    Laura Flanders