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We Disrupted the Supreme Court to Protest Money in Politics

We’ll be sentenced Monday for an act of civil disobedience that was neither violent nor angry. Rather it was a plea to government to be responsive to the people.

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Japan Is Writing Off Nearly Half Its National Debt—Without Creating Inflation. We Could, Too.

There is no way the U.S. will ever pay back a $20 trillion federal debt. Maybe the government should sell some of it to our central bank.

Posted on Jun 28, 2017 READ MORE


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The Problem With How Governments Pay for Wars (Video)

Economist Richard Wolff explains how corporate banks and politicians exploit the system of money printing to gain political capital or warrant military efforts.

Posted on Apr 14, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN


Why Do Some People Have Money While Others Don’t?

Bankers rig democracy to control the institution of money, says economist Richard Wolff (pictured).

Posted on Mar 2, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



The Three Big Reasons the GOP Can’t Replace Obamacare

Republicans are preparing to repeal the Affordable Care Act, but they still haven’t come up with an alternative.

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Donald Trump Continues the Manipulation of Populism by ‘Swamping Up’ His Path to Power

Beneath populist pretense and slander, the coming Trump presidency is shaping up as a great monument to the nation’s unelected dictatorship of money. The only real mystery is how far it will deliver on its reactionary promises.

Posted on Dec 8, 2016 READ MORE



‘We’ll Look at Everything’: An Alternative to Trump’s $1 Trillion Infrastructure Plan

Creating jobs requires an injection of new money into the American economy. Borrowing from the bond markets or off the balance sheet in public/private partnerships won’t do it. So if Congress won’t issue money directly, it should borrow from banks, which create money out of thin air.

Posted on Dec 8, 2016 READ MORE



Trump’s $1 Trillion Infrastructure Plan: Lincoln Had a Bolder Solution

Instead of privatizing public assets and delivering taxpayer money to investors, the president-elect could fund his promised infrastructure projects by simply printing money.

Posted on Nov 17, 2016 READ MORE



Why Overturning Citizens United Isn’t Enough

If Hillary Clinton is serious about reducing the role of money in politics, she should appoint Supreme Court justices willing to revisit two cases from the 1970s that formed the basis of our inability to regulate money in politics.

Posted on Oct 22, 2016 READ MORE



10,000 Workers Accuse Chipotle of Wage Theft

Current and former employees of the fast-food chain have joined a class-action lawsuit claiming they had to work extra hours without pay.

Posted on Sep 2, 2016 READ MORE



Might Doesn’t Make Right: How Rape Culture Plays Into Football Culture

Understanding the complex relationship between the two cultures offers a glimpse at a path toward resolving gender-based violence.

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Democracy in America Is a Useful Fiction

Long before the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, corporate forces carried out a slow-motion coup d’état. Now the coup is over. We lost.

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How Universal Basic Income Could Help Build Better, Closer-Knit Communities

An advocate of the idea cites numerous cases around the world in which money allotted to members of communities with no strings attached led to important gains in social cohesion.

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Pope Francis: Capitalism Is ‘Terrorism Against All of Humanity’

The pontiff argues that the modern economy’s worship of the “god of money” leads to disenfranchisement and extremism.

Posted on Aug 2, 2016 READ MORE



Top Five Green Energy Good News Stories Today

Solar power is poised to grow sixfold by 2030 and could constitute between 9 percent and 13 percent of world electricity production by then.

Posted on Jul 4, 2016 READ MORE



Great Recession Continues to Loom Over 2016 Graduates, Even as Corporate Profits Rise

The New York Times editorial board released a depressing report recently on the bleak job prospects faced by high school students graduating this year, a situation it traces to consistent political failures in recent times.

Posted on May 15, 2016 READ MORE



‘Print the Money’: Trump’s ‘Reckless’ Proposal Echoes Franklin and Lincoln

It’s been called crazy talk. But the solution of Abraham Lincoln and the American colonials may be the only sane response to a $19 trillion federal debt that has doubled over the last 10 years.

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Why the Racial Wealth Gap Is Widening—and Some Steps to Reverse It (Video)

Unless you earn enough to be able to begin to accumulate wealth, you can’t get ahead. That’s why kids from low-income families start out in life at a huge disadvantage—especially children of color.

Posted on May 2, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


Samantha Bee on Racist, Sexist, Historically Ignorant Responses to Harriet Tubman on the $20 Bill

Placing one of the most important black women in American history on the 20 dollar bill hasn’t been so popular among some conservatives, the “Full Frontal” host explains. 

Posted on Apr 26, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


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Top Seven Ways Harriet Tubman Is the Most Badass Spy and Warrior Ever to Grace U.S. Currency

Despite getting several years of American history while we’re in school, most of us probably have only a foggy idea of who the woman chosen to replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill was.

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Harriet Tubman Fits the $20 Bill Better Than Andrew Jackson

Since the ancient Greeks began stamping coins with images of their gods, nations have used currency to define a pantheon of heroes.

Posted on Apr 22, 2016 READ MORE


Stephen Colbert on the Money: Harriet Tubman Will Grace $20 Bills; Now, How About That Wage Gap?

“It’s gonna get awkward in your wallet when she runs into Washington and Jefferson.”

Posted on Apr 21, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


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Harriet Tubman and the Currency of Resistance

What better tribute to her lifetime of struggle could there be than to place her image into the hands of hundreds of millions of people?

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Fact-Checking Clinton: Obama Never Said Money Wasn’t Corrupting—He Said the Opposite

In Thursday’s debate, she invoked the president to deflect Bernie Sanders’ criticism that voters should “not feel confident” about her, given her dependence on “big-money interests.”

Posted on Apr 15, 2016 READ MORE


‘Young Turks’ Host Cenk Uygur One of 400 Protesters Arrested at Democracy Spring Rally (Video)

The planned act of civil obedience in Washington, D.C., was designed to call attention to government corruption, get money out of politics and restore free and fair elections.

Posted on Apr 12, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



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How Clinton Democrats Killed Roosevelt’s Dream of the Affordable Home

The following excerpt from Robert Scheer’s book “The Great American Stickup” details the perversion of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and is particularly relevant this election season, as it explains the connection between Clinton “progressives” and the 2008 housing meltdown that impoverished millions.

Posted on Apr 7, 2016 READ MORE



Trump and Cruz Tax Plans Would Be the Largest Redistributions to the Rich in U.S. History

Tax cuts for the rich proposed by the two leading Republican candidates for the presidency are larger, as a proportion of the government budget and the total economy, than any tax cuts ever proposed.

Posted on Mar 23, 2016 READ MORE



Let’s Ask Obama to Give This Speech Next

It’s time for the president to make federal contractors disclose their political spending.

Posted on Jan 29, 2016 READ MORE



The Devastating Cost of Monetized Elections

When money rules, democracy loses. “Commercializing elections leads to an astonishing similarity among reporters traveling with candidates or those asking questions during so-called debates,” writes consumer advocate Ralph Nader.

Posted on Jan 23, 2016 READ MORE


VIDEO: Dark Money: How Billionaires Are Buying U.S. Elections

Billionaires have found a shady way to secretly finance candidates through nonprofits.

Posted on Jan 22, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



What to Expect From the U.S. Economy in 2016—Hint: Does the Word ‘Recession’ Ring a Bell?

Economic forecasters exist to make astrologers look good, but this economist will hazard a guess.

Posted on Jan 10, 2016 READ MORE



Why Small Debts Matter So Much To Black Lives

Due to the racial wealth gap, black families have far less in savings than whites. The consequences can be far-reaching and often severe.

Posted on Jan 3, 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



New York City Lets Luxury Building Owners Stiff Workers and Still Get a Tax Break

City regulators haven’t enforced a 2007 law that requires doormen, janitors and other service workers at taxpayer-subsidized apartment buildings to be paid wages comparable to union rates.

Posted on Dec 31, 2015 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 10 Best 2015 Investigative Reports on Political Money

Some of the year’s most notable in-depth stories on campaign finance, from newsrooms around the country.

Posted on Dec 29, 2015 READ MORE



One-Quarter of Americans Earning $100,000 or More Say They’re Struggling

It may be difficult to sympathize with, but many Americans earning six-figure incomes are living paycheck to paycheck.

Posted on Dec 26, 2015 READ MORE



Have We Hit Peak Inequality?

These 400 billionaires are wealthier than 190 million of their fellow Americans.

Posted on Dec 13, 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



20 U.S. Billionaires Now Own as Much Wealth as Half of All Americans

A new report reveals that the real wealth gap in America is not between the 1 percent and the 99 percent, but between the .0001 percent and everybody else.

Posted on Dec 4, 2015 READ MORE



VIDEO: John Oliver Exposes the Shady Dealings of Daily Fantasy Sports Websites

Daily fantasy sports companies keep trying to pretend that their sites don’t peddle gambling, but the “Last Week Tonight” host disagrees—hilariously.

Posted on Nov 16, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: How Islamic State Made Its Billions

This fascinating and informative video from Channel 4 News in the United Kingdom explains how Islamic State is using cash from oil, extortion, taxation and robbery to pay for jihad.

Posted on Nov 9, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



First They Jailed the Bankers. Now All Icelanders Will Get a Payout From Bank Sale.

Iceland’s revolutionary approach to dealing with the international financial meltdown of 2008 certainly deserves every bit of the attention it has garnered.

Posted on Nov 9, 2015 READ MORE



An Open Letter to Fed Chairwoman Yellen From America’s Beleaguered Savers

“Start imagining what we, the savers, have to endure because of plutocratic, crony capitalism for which the Federal Reserve has long been a leading Tribune.”

Posted on Oct 31, 2015 READ MORE


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Posted on Oct 30, 2015 ENLARGE


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