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Greg Thielen: As the World Burns

At this very moment, as my pen inks this page, the entire Western United States is scorching. Death Valley recorded a high of 140 Fahrenheit.

July 21, 2021 · Leave a comment

Abby Zimet: Planet Earth To Outer Space, When Bezos Blasts Off, Please Keep Him There

With enough money to end world hunger or curb climate change or house the homeless but evidently little will to do so, the founder of the dystopian empire of Amazon and the world’s second-richest man with an estimated $186 billion is instead taking an insouciant  space ride…

June 24, 2021 · 2 Comments

Sam Pizzigati: Our Post-Trump Democratic Prospects | What the Ming Dynasty Can Tell Us

‘Good government’ has always rested on equitable distributions of wealth and power.

January 11, 2021 · 2 Comments

Paul Buchheit: How Right-Wing Conservatives Have Laid Waste to America for 50 Years

Thanks to a half century of insidious “trickle-down” philosophy—which astoundingly continues to be preached by many of the super-rich—inequality has stretched our nation nearly to the breaking point.

December 16, 2020 · Leave a comment

Brett Wilkins: Study Shows World’s Richest 1% Emit More Than Twice as Much CO2 as Poorest 50%

The over-consumption of a wealthy minority is fueling the climate crisis, yet it is poor communities and young people who are paying the price.

September 28, 2020 · 3 Comments

Steven Pressman: Democratic plans for raising taxes on the rich|A guide for the middle class

It’s hardly surprising that if a Democrat wins the White House, taxes on wealthy Americans and corporations will probably go up. How they’ll go up is the more interesting question.

February 10, 2020 · Leave a comment

Rebecca Gordon: What’s Wrong With the Republicans?

The roots of much of the turmoil in the current Republican Party are centuries old. They go back, in fact, to the twin crimes that have helped shape this country from its very beginning: slavery and imperial expansion.

December 27, 2019 · Leave a comment

Norman Solomon: Corporate Media Supports Anyone But Sanders or Warren

What’s at stake includes democracy—the informed consent of the governed—and so much more.

December 6, 2019 · 3 Comments

George Monbiot: Start Making Sense

By understanding the psychological buttons they’re pressing, we can stop demagogues from destroying our democracy.

October 7, 2019 · Leave a comment

George Monbiot: Embarrassment of Riches

Every day, private jets take off from London carrying a single passenger, mostly flying to Russia and the US. Each of them is filled with 32,000 litres of fuel. That’s as much fossil energy as a small African town might use in a year.

September 30, 2019 · 1 Comment

Julia Conley: A Solution for All Generations

With her plan for Social Security expansion, Elizabeth Warren demands that the rich pay their fair share to lift 5 million out of poverty: “No one who spends 30 years working and contributing to Social Security should retire in poverty.”

September 13, 2019 · Leave a comment

Frances Moore Lappé, Zachary Field: Who Can Afford a Green New Deal? We Can!

Despite ridicule by Republican leaders, calls for a Green New Deal resonate with 80 percent of Americans.

July 9, 2019 · Leave a comment

Marc Jampole: A nation of rich and poor, with so much going to so few

Warren Buffett, Jeff Bezos, and Bill Gates: their combined wealth exceeds the wealth of the bottom 50% of Americans.

May 1, 2019 · 1 Comment

Ann Jones: The Man Who Saw Trump Coming A Century Ago

Distracted daily by the bloviating POTUS? Here, then, is a small suggestion. Focus your mind for a moment on one simple (yet deeply complex) truth: we are living in a … Continue reading

April 18, 2019 · 1 Comment

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