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Julia Conley: As Public Shouts Approval for Ocasio-Cortez’s 70% Tax Rate for Ultra-Rich, Elites at Davos Admit: “It’s Scary”

“It’s wild that some people are more scared of a marginal tax rate than the fact that 40 percent of Americans struggle to pay for at least one basic need, … Continue reading

January 24, 2019 · 2 Comments

Paul Buchheit: America’s Children Face Income Inequality Unseen in Generations

Greater equality of wealth and opportunity can only be achieved through progressive policies, now and in 2020.  The Inequality to be Suffered by Our Children  The fortunate ones will not … Continue reading

December 24, 2018 · Leave a comment

Nomi Prins: A World Owned by the 1%

As we head into 2019, leaving the chaos of this year behind, a major question remains unanswered when it comes to the state of Main Street, not just here but … Continue reading

December 20, 2018 · 1 Comment

Josh Hoxie: How Aristocracies Are Born

Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis warned in 1941, “We must make our choice. We may have democracy, or we may have wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but … Continue reading

November 14, 2018 · Leave a comment

John Atcheson: A Tragedy in Three Parts — Corporations, Coups, and Crazies

The silent coup and the roots of corporate tyranny. Nearly 40 years ago, in his first inaugural address, Ronald Reagan said, “In this present crisis, government is not the solution … Continue reading

November 2, 2018 · Leave a comment

Chris Hedges: The Coming Collapse

Mr. Fish / Truthdig . The Trump administration did not rise, prima facie, like Venus on a half shell from the sea. Donald Trump is the result of a long … Continue reading

May 23, 2018 · 3 Comments

Ellen McGrath Smith: A Royal Wedding in the Trump Era, Or My Sixth Grade Civics Head Explodes

No I’m not watching royals get married this weekend. If I want shiny surfaces, I’ll find a river, lake, or pond, the bathroom mirror. Are we destined to worship descendants … Continue reading

May 19, 2018 · 3 Comments

Lindsey Royce: Hooray For Me, The Hell With You

In an immaculate boardroom, whose cherry-wood meeting table, credenza, and wet bar, one that overlooks the Lincoln Memorial, maybe the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall, where a group of political cons … Continue reading

March 14, 2018 · Leave a comment

Jake Johnson: From Lack of Paid Maternity Leave to ‘Hell’ of Student Debt, North Korea Catalog of US Rights Violations Makes Convincing Case

US “can never camouflage its true identity as the gross violator of human rights,” Pyongyang says. Just as U.S. President Donald Trump was preparing to lambast North Korea as “a … Continue reading

February 1, 2018 · Leave a comment

Tom Engelhardt: An Empire of Graveyards

At the Circus with Donald Trump. Recently, a memory of my son as a small boy came back to me. He was, in those days, terrified of clowns. Something about … Continue reading

January 27, 2018 · 1 Comment

Paul Buchheit: How Inequality Is Killing Off Humanity

The super-rich are making it nearly impossible to reverse the deadly effects of an unnaturally unequal society, in part because they’re no longer connected to the world beyond their estates. … Continue reading

January 15, 2018 · 1 Comment

Alice Evans: How Latin America Bucked The Trend Of Rising Inequality

Through sustained networking and resistance, which secured redistribution and recognition, many Latin Americans have come to expect more of their governments. Income inequality is gaining attention. The good news is … Continue reading

December 19, 2017 · Leave a comment

Marc Jampole: The Trifecta of Inequality

Imagine stand-up comic Henny Youngman, king of the one-liners, describing the Trump GOP tax proposals with one of his classic bits:  So how big is the tax break for the … Continue reading

November 27, 2017 · 1 Comment

Richard Eskow: Why We Need to Confront the Billionaires’ Paradise

The concentrated wealth of the global plutocracy is the dark matter of the world economy: it is rarely glimpsed and difficult to measure, yet it reshapes everything around it. Two … Continue reading

November 20, 2017 · 2 Comments

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