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VIDEO: Bernie Sanders and Larry David on SNL Together Was as Hilarious as You’d Imagine

Comedian David dedicated a long bit on “Saturday Night Live” to a mashup of his character on his HBO show “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign. And that’s not all that happened.

Posted on Feb 7, 2016 READ MORE



Progressives Nationwide Seek to Take Bernie Sanders’ ‘Political Revolution’ Into Congress

Zephyr Teachout of New York, John Fetterman of Pennsylvania and Lucy Flores of Nevada want to take on Wall Street, big oil and the military-industrial complex—and they’re all mounting bids for Congress.

Posted on Feb 4, 2016 READ MORE



Credit Occupy in Bernie Sanders’ Surge

What began in 2011 as a movement against income inequality has morphed into burgeoning support for a presidential candidate who is passionate about economic justice.

Posted on Feb 4, 2016 READ MORE



AUDIO: ‘Juggling Excess and Imbalance in a Time of Drones’: The Unequal Equations of Our Time

Amy Uyematsu’s poem, inspired by Juan Felipe Herrera’s “Fuzzy Equations,” is a powerful litany of expressions that get to the heart of our modern age.

Posted on Feb 3, 2016 READ MORE



Oxfam Says Close-Fisted Wealthy Nations Are ‘Failing the People of Syria’

While some small European countries are donating more than their fair share to aid Syrians, the U.S., Saudi Arabia and Russia are still far behind.

Posted on Feb 1, 2016 READ MORE



How Americans Are Increasingly Turning Their Backs on the Poor

A growing number of states are booting poor people from assistance programs.

Posted on Jan 28, 2016 READ MORE



A Confederacy of Dunces: The Democratic Establishment’s Assault on Sanders Begins

Well, it’s started. You knew it would. The Democratic establishment is going into attack mode as their anointed one—Hillary Clinton—is in danger of losing.

Posted on Jan 27, 2016 READ MORE



Richest 62 People Are as Wealthy as Half the World’s Population

British charity Oxfam calls for a crackdown on tax havens after its report finds the world’s wealthiest hiding $7.6 trillion from taxes.

Posted on Jan 18, 2016 READ MORE



Bernie Sanders’ Run Is No Fairy Tale

If you thought the political landscape couldn’t be more unsettled, think again. Hillary Clinton now faces not a coronation, not a cakewalk, but a contest—one she could lose.

Posted on Jan 15, 2016 READ MORE



What’s at Stake This Election Year? Ending the Vicious Cycle of Wealth and Power

The United States has succumbed to a vicious cycle in which great wealth translates into political power, which generates even more wealth and even more power.

Posted on Jan 3, 2016 READ MORE



How America’s Wealthiest Are Saving Billions Through a Private Tax System

Part of the so-called “income defense industry,” the system involves highly paid tax lawyers, estate planners, anti-tax activists and lobbyists who work in tandem to devise the best strategies for super-rich individuals to save on taxes.

Posted on Dec 30, 2015 READ MORE



The Plutocrats Are Winning. Don’t Let Them!

The vast inequality that the plutocrats and the oligarchs are creating is a death sentence for government by consent of the people. This is the fight of our lives, and how it ends is up to us.

Posted on Dec 28, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEOS: Activists at the COP21 Climate Change Summit in Paris

In these videos, Truthdig columnist Sonali Kolhatkar reports from the COP21 climate change conference in Paris that concluded over the weekend, speaking to activists from around the globe on the front lines of the fight for climate justice.

Posted on Dec 14, 2015 READ MORE



Thank Climate Justice Activists for Doing All They Can to Curb Warming

Even though conference delegates have now agreed on a global framework for addressing climate change, it is not good enough for the planet, and certainly not for those who have been demonstrating in the streets of Paris.

Posted on Dec 12, 2015 READ MORE



Minimum Wage Is Not a Livable Wage

Mr. Trump, take it from someone who has lived most of her life below the poverty line: Minimum wage is a starvation wage for many low-income individuals and families.

Posted on Dec 11, 2015 READ MORE



We Won’t Fix Inequality by Tweaking Capitalism

The disparities in wealth that we term “income inequality” happened by design, writes social critic Stephen Thrasher. And “they can’t be fixed by fiddling at the edges of our current economic system.”

Posted on Dec 9, 2015 READ MORE



Who Turned My Blue State Red?

Why poor areas vote for politicians who want to slash the safety net. (The explanations might surprise you.)

Posted on Nov 22, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Economist Joseph Stiglitz Slams Obama on TPP and Praises Bernie Sanders

Nobel Memorial Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz has a new book, “Rewriting the Rules of the American Economy: An Agenda for Growth and Shared Prosperity.” On “Democracy Now!” he discusses the United States’ deeply troubled economy.

Posted on Nov 12, 2015 READ MORE



The Hidden and Deadly Bias of Class

White working-class voters have been a key building block of the Republican coalition since the rise of the Reagan Democrats 35 years ago. You would think that the party’s presidential candidates would want to respond to the heartbreaking crisis these Americans are facing.

Posted on Nov 11, 2015 READ MORE



How Unions Fight Inequality and Strengthen Democracy

A reinvigorated labor movement is essential to both a just economy and a well-functioning democracy. It deserves widespread attention—and should inspire concerted action.

Posted on Nov 2, 2015 READ MORE



Higher Education: Capitalism at Its Most Despicable

Ranking capitalist ignominy is a daunting task with Big Pharma and high finance in the running, but higher education’s betrayal of a long-standing trust with young Americans puts it near the top of the list.

Posted on Oct 26, 2015 READ MORE



Truthdiggers of the Week: 2 Economists Who Challenged an American Myth

Their shocking report shows that higher education does nothing to dissolve income inequality for blacks and Hispanics.

Posted on Oct 25, 2015 READ MORE



Wages Set to Fall Unless Temperature Rise Is Tackled

Researchers say the economic costs of failing to take action on climate change will be much greater than previously thought—with average global incomes cut by almost a quarter.

Posted on Oct 23, 2015 READ MORE



A Future That Didn’t Deliver

Fans of “Back to the Future II” anticipated a world of hoverboards and flying cars, where the only thing warming was the roast in the food replicator. But an apocalyptic 1985 ruled by the eerily Trump-like Biff most resembles our actual present.

Posted on Oct 21, 2015 READ MORE



New 2015 Wealth Data Reveal U.S. Inequality at Its Ugliest

According to new data, nearly 50 million of America’s 243 million adults are part of the world’s poorest 10 percent.

Posted on Oct 19, 2015 READ MORE


FULL VIDEO: Bernie Sanders Dances, Talks Inequality With Ellen DeGeneres

The underdog Democratic presidential candidate visited with the daytime talk show host to review the plight of the American poor and middle class with her 3.9 million-viewer audience (and to disco dance).

Posted on Oct 16, 2015 READ MORE



Half of World’s Wealth Now Owned by 1 Percent of Population

A new report by Credit Suisse reveals worldwide inequality to be growing even faster than experts had predicted.

Posted on Oct 14, 2015 READ MORE



Just 158 Families Provided Nearly Half the Financing for Early Efforts for the White House

An overwhelmingly older, white and male group of Americans who made fortunes in finance and energy gave $176 million to mostly Republican presidential candidates in the early months of the race.

Posted on Oct 10, 2015 READ MORE



The Truth About Poverty and How to Address It

It’s high time United Nations agencies and the mainstream media acknowledge the true scale of global poverty and engage in a long overdue public debate on how ambitious and transformative the international development agenda really is.

Posted on Oct 7, 2015 READ MORE



Donald Trump Proves What’s Wrong With Bankruptcy Laws in America

Bankruptcy was designed so people could start over. But these days, the only ones starting over are big corporations, wealthy moguls and Wall Street bankers, who have had enough political clout to shape bankruptcy laws (like many other laws) to their needs.

Posted on Oct 4, 2015 READ MORE



VIDEO: Why We Must End ‘Upward Pre-Distributions’ to the Rich

You often hear that inequality has widened because globalization and technological change have made most people less competitive while making the best-educated more competitive. But this common explanation overlooks a critically important phenomenon.

Posted on Sep 28, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Chris Hedges on Pope Francis: ‘He Has Not Stood Up and Offered an Alternative’

While Pope Francis “has moved the church back into the realm of reality,” says Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges, “I don’t think by any stretch of the imagination he can be called a radical.”

Posted on Sep 25, 2015 READ MORE



Will This Photo of a Drowned Syrian Child Change the World’s Approach to the Refugee Crisis?

A heartbreaking photograph has gone viral and provoked a much-needed discussion on the moral obligation of wealthy countries to help those in need.

Posted on Sep 3, 2015 READ MORE



10 Years After Katrina, New Orleans Is ‘Gentrification’s Ground Zero’

In the 10 years since Hurricane Katrina, many of New Orleans’ low-income black residents have been displaced, with gentrification entailing a dramatic transformation of the city’s class structure and cultural identity.

Posted on Aug 28, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: The Other Side of the Hamptons: The Working Poor

Long established as a playground for the mega-rich, New York’s Hamptons see some beachfront mansions selling for $100 million, and designer boutiques jostle for space on the streets. But beyond the luxury is a side we don’t see, where low-paid workers struggle to get by and 7 percent of the population lives below the poverty line.

Posted on Aug 14, 2015 READ MORE



‘The Gulf’: Shedding Light on Dark Doings in the United Arab Emirates

A coalition of artists and writers has been instrumental in raising awareness of the mind-boggling exploitation of laborers who support some of the richest people on the planet.

Posted on Aug 14, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Lawrence Lessig Wants to Be a ‘Referendum President’ to Fix the Rigged System, Then Resign

The Harvard professor and activist vowed Tuesday to run for president if he can raise $1 million in crowdfunding in order to make citizen equality the most important issue in the upcoming presidential election.

Posted on Aug 12, 2015 READ MORE



Women Are Judged Much More Harshly Than Men for Similar Assertiveness at Work

A new study rates women who come across as angry or critical as 35 percent less competent and worth $15,000 less in pay than those who are less aggressive. Comparable behavior by men costs them only about half as much in perceived fair compensation.

Posted on Aug 8, 2015 READ MORE



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Here’s the Terrible Mistake Progressives Must Not Make

Of course black lives matter. But it would be a mistake for progressives to split into separate “Black lives matter” and “economic justice” movements.

Posted on Jul 25, 2015 READ MORE



71% of the World’s Population Survives on Less Than $10 a Day

A new report from the Pew Research Center explains that the notion of a global middle class is “more promise than reality.”

Posted on Jul 10, 2015 READ MORE



Something’s Missing From Pope Francis’ ‘Radical’ Vision of Equality: Women

Despite his efforts to champion his constituency — the world’s poor, of which the vast majority are women — the pope tends to overlook the feminized nature of poverty and inequality.

Posted on Jul 7, 2015 READ MORE



How Much Do We Value Work?

Will any Republican candidate find it in his or her interest to break with the party’s orthodoxy on government regulations and labor rights?

Posted on Jul 1, 2015 READ MORE



CEO Pay at Top U.S. Companies Up 54 Percent Since Start of Recovery

The average American worker would have to toil for about five weeks, with no days off, to earn what a CEO makes in an hour.

Posted on Jun 25, 2015 READ MORE



Cartier Boss Says Thought of the Poor Rising Up Keeps Him ‘Awake at Night’

The multibillionaire owner of the luxury jewelry company admitted to a group of his peers that he fears the poor will rise up and bring down the rich.

Posted on Jun 10, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: John Oliver: ‘Bail Has Become a Way to Lock Up the Poor Regardless of Guilt’

HBO’s “Last Week Tonight” host explains how the discrimination ingrained in America’s bail system leads the poor to plead guilty to crimes they didn’t even commit.

Posted on Jun 8, 2015 READ MORE



VIDEO: Ending Corporate Welfare Now Is Step 6 in Saving the Economy

Corporations aren’t people, despite what the Supreme Court says, and they don’t need or deserve handouts.

Posted on May 28, 2015 READ MORE



An Exclusive Excerpt From ‘Trade Is War’

In his new book, subtitled “The West’s War Against the World,” international trade expert Yash Tandon challenges the notion that free trade helps countries develop. Instead, he finds, it often fosters poverty and violence.

Posted on May 22, 2015 READ MORE



The U.S. and Israel Have the Worst Income Inequality in the Developed World

A new report finds that the gap between rich and poor in the developed world is at its highest level in 30 years in most countries—and that the U.S. and Israel are leading the trend.

Posted on May 21, 2015 READ MORE


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AUDIO: Henry Giroux: Liberalism Fails Against Racism, Inequality and State Terrorism

By Eric Poulin, Truthout

In two far-reaching interviews on the “Soap Box” with Eric Poulin, the social philosopher Henry Giroux defines establishment liberals by their persistent failure to address the obvious—that capitalism and democracy are not the same thing.

Posted on May 20, 2015 READ MORE


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