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After 2016’s Losses, Elizabeth Warren Tells Democrats: ‘Shame On Us’

The story the Massachusetts senator tells about the election and America’s anxieties is curiously one-dimensional.

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‘We Can Beat This Guy’: Bernie Sanders Urges Mass Mobilization Against Donald Trump’s Agenda

“It’s not a question of us working with Trump. It’s a question of Trump working with us.”

Posted on Nov 22, 2016 READ MORE



What Donald Trump Means for the Economy

Trump and congressional Republicans will be able to pass an agenda that jeopardizes middle-class Americans.

Posted on Nov 14, 2016 READ MORE


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Posted on Apr 13, 2016 ENLARGE



Dog Whistle Politics

Ian Haney Lopez, the book’s author, writes that many white Americans no longer see themselves as racist. He maintains, however, these people are manipulated by dog whistle politics—coded racial language that “operates on two levels: inaudible and easily denied in one range, yet stimulating strong reactions in another.”

Posted on Feb 5, 2016 READ MORE



Donald Trump Rides a Big Wave of Disgust

For Democrats who might be rooting for the Republican presidential contender, thinking he would be easy to beat in November, I have some advice: Be careful what you wish for.

Posted on Jan 11, 2016 READ MORE



The Revolt of the Anxious Class

The great American middle class has become an anxious class—and it’s in revolt. Most are good, hard-working people, but their world has been slowly coming apart. And they’re scared and fed up.

Posted on Dec 15, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Bernie Sanders Champions Democratic Socialism in Major Speech at Georgetown

The Democratic presidential candidate presented himself as heir to the populist legacy of Franklin Delano Roosevelt in the clearest articulation yet of his political philosophy and vision for the United States.

Posted on Nov 20, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Why Didn’t Joe Biden Run for President?

There are obvious political explanations but only one reason for his decision not to throw his hat in the ring.

Posted on Oct 21, 2015 READ MORE



The GOP Was Right to Fear Hillary Clinton

Before all the craziness—before Donald Trump and Ben Carson and the need for two-tiered debates—Republicans’ biggest fear about next year’s election was having to run against Hillary Clinton. As we saw Tuesday night, they were right to worry.

Posted on Oct 15, 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.

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Game of Groans: How Focus on Trump’s Taunts Hides GOP War on Middle Class and Workers (Video)

The condition of late capitalism produces a press discourse strangely devoid of any mention of class.

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The Middle Class, Too, Is Keeping Poor Kids Back, U.K. Study Finds

A report by the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission in the United Kingdom found that wealthier parents hoard the best opportunities for their own children, ensuring that smarter kids who are financially disadvantaged stay put in the socioeconomic hierarchy.

Posted on Jul 28, 2015 READ MORE



VIDEO: A Break for the Middle Class: Overtime

Finally, a bit of good news for hardworking Americans.

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Number of U.S. Homeowners Hits 20-Year Low

In 2014, the rate of Americans who own their homes slid for the 10th consecutive year, to 64.5 percent—the lowest level in 20 years, according to a report by the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University.

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AUDIO: Chris Hedges on the Implosion of Global Capitalism

In this sweeping survey of an international crisis caused by “global capitalism based on speculation,” author, Truthdig columnist and activist Chris Hedges delivers a stark and urgent apprisal of the worldwide catastrophe that’s sure to come if the current system isn’t confronted and forced to change.

Posted on May 26, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



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


Hillary Clinton Spells It Out in Debut Ad: ‘I’m Running for President’

No doubt aiming to show voters that she’s in touch with the struggles and hopes of everyday Americans, Hillary Clinton unleashed a folksy first campaign spot Sunday to coincide with her announcement that she’s officially running for president in 2016.

Posted on Apr 12, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Hillary Clinton 2016: 3 ... 2 ... 1 ... (Updated)

By all indications, today will be the day when Hillary Clinton officially announces that she will, in fact, be running for president in the 2016 election.

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A Deepening Democratic Party Divide

For those pining for a Democratic Party that tries to represent more than the whims of the rich and powerful, these are, to say the least, confusing times.

Posted on Apr 4, 2015 READ MORE



The Political Revolution We Desperately Need

The good news is that the economy today is much better than it was six years ago when George W. Bush left office. The bad news is that, despite these improvements, the 40-year decline of the American middle class continues.

Posted on Apr 4, 2015 READ MORE



House Republicans Approve $5 Trillion in Budget Cuts

House Republicans on Wednesday night passed a budget that eliminates nearly $5 trillion from social welfare programs over the next decade and envisions regressive tax reforms and calls for the repeal of President Obama’s health care law.

Posted on Mar 26, 2015 READ MORE



The Republican Budget Plan Will Devastate American Families

As I understand the Republican view of our country, as manifested in the House and Senate budgets, millions of middle class and working families need to see a major reduction in federal programs that help make their lives, and the lives of their kids, a little bit better.

Posted on Mar 19, 2015 READ MORE



The Majority of Americans Want to Raise Taxes on the Rich, So What Gives?

Elected officials are usually voted in to represent their constituents. So why do Republicans in Congress oppose Obama’s plan to raise investment taxes on the rich when two-thirds of Americans think the wealthy aren’t paying enough in taxes?

Posted on Feb 25, 2015 READ MORE



How Trade Deals Boost the Top 1 Percent and Bust the Rest

I used to believe in trade agreements. That was before the wages of most Americans stagnated and a relative few at the top captured just about all the economic gains.

Posted on Feb 17, 2015 READ MORE



The Middle Class Can’t Be Saved Unless Wall Street Is Tamed

Do we really need reminding about what happened six years ago?

Posted on Jan 27, 2015 READ MORE



State of the Union 2015: Lethal, Predatory, Delusional

“In his next-to-last State of the Union address,” writes Glen Ford, Editor of the Black Agenda Report, “President Obama flashed the suckers a bag of tricks that has no chance of passing the Republican-controlled Congress, but will allow his apologists to claim that the genuine, more progressive Obama is revealing himself in his final two years in office.”

Posted on Jan 22, 2015 READ MORE



SOTU 2015: Obama Sets the Tone for His Final Stretch

President Obama will face two Republican-controlled chambers of Congress during his State of the Union speech Tuesday night as he enters the last two years of his presidency.

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Are Conservatives Actually Becoming More Compassionate?

Jeb Bush and Mitt Romney are zeroing in on inequality as America’s fundamental economic problem.

Posted on Jan 19, 2015 READ MORE



SOTU Preview: Obama to Pitch Plan to Raise Taxes on the Wealthy

President Obama appears as though he’s not about to take the whole lame-duck thing (not to mention the Republican-lockdown-on-Congress thing) sitting down, given his outline for Tuesday’s State of the Union address.

Posted on Jan 18, 2015 READ MORE



Time for the GOP to Pitch In

With Republican majorities in both houses, the new Congress should begin by focusing on traditional GOP priorities: improving the nation’s sagging infrastructure, reforming an unwieldy tax code and finding ways to boost middle-class opportunity.

Posted on Jan 6, 2015 READ MORE



IRS Seizes Money From Guiltless Americans on Mere Suspicion

A controversial area of law empowers the IRS to confiscate significant sums of money from “run-of-the-mill business owners and wage earners without so much as an allegation” and “without ever filing a criminal complaint,” leaving the owners “to prove they are innocent,” The New York Times reports.

Posted on Oct 26, 2014 READ MORE


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Why College Shouldn’t Be the Only Gateway to the Middle Class

This week, millions of young people head to college and universities, aiming for a four-year liberal arts degree.

Posted on Sep 2, 2014 READ MORE



Hillary’s Hardest Choice (and the Democrats’ Dilemma)

What’s the reason for the tempest in the teapot of Hillary and Bill Clinton’s personal finances?

Posted on Jun 30, 2014 READ MORE



Real Business Leaders Want to Save Capitalism

A few weeks ago I was visited in my office by the chairman of one of the country’s biggest high-tech firms who wanted to talk about the causes and consequences of widening inequality and the shrinking middle class, and what to do about it.

Posted on Jun 21, 2014 READ MORE


Elizabeth Warren and Thomas Piketty Explain How Wealth Trickles ‘Up,’ Not Down

The two best-selling authors discuss the American economy and the growth of income disparity plaguing the nation in a HuffPost Live segment that shouldn’t be missed.

Posted on Jun 4, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN


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The Great U Turn

Do you recall a time in America when the income of a single school teacher or baker or salesman or mechanic was enough to buy a home, have two cars, and raise a family?

Posted on Mar 7, 2014 READ MORE


Noam Chomsky on Some Simple Ways to Ruin an Economy

Scholar, philosopher and activist Noam Chomsky kicks off this talk filmed last month with a simple, provocative premise: “Let’s pose that for some perverse reason that we were interested in ruining an economy and a society.” Now, who would want to go and do a thing like that?

Posted on Mar 6, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN



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America’s ‘We’ Problem

America has a serious “We” problem—as in “Why should we pay for them?”

Posted on Feb 15, 2014 READ MORE



A Tale of One of the New ‘Have Nots’

“I used to have a house. I used to go on vacations. I used to shop at department stores, get my hair done and even enjoy pedicures. Now, I don’t. I’m a member of the American ‘Used-to-Haves,’ ” Kathleen Ann writes at The Huffington Post.

Posted on Feb 9, 2014 READ MORE



Brazil’s Leaders Set Lower and Middle Classes Against Each Other

“In Brazil there is a saying: ‘A good thief is a dead thief,’ ” journalist Nicole Froio writes at The Guardian. “These words have never been more relevant in today’s Brazilian class-ridden landscape, where prejudice, violence and racism run free.”

Posted on Feb 9, 2014 READ MORE



Brazil’s ‘Rolezinhos’ Want a Place at the Table

Huge numbers of youths from Brazil’s new middle class—raised in shanty towns but educated in public universities—are congregating in shopping malls where they feel closest to the consumerist dream. And due to police repression, they’re becoming spontaneous expressions of public hope, frustration and yearning.

Posted on Feb 8, 2014 READ MORE


The War on the Poor and Middle-Class Families

By Robert Reich

Most Americans are on a downward escalator.

Posted on Feb 8, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN



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Why Widening Inequality Is Hobbling Equal Opportunity

Is it to be inequality or equal opportunity?

Posted on Feb 6, 2014 READ MORE



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Why There’s No Outcry for a Revolution in America

Middle incomes are sinking, the ranks of the poor are swelling, almost all the economic gains are going to the top, and big money is corrupting our democracy. So why isn’t there more of a ruckus?

Posted on Jan 27, 2014 READ MORE


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