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Rajan Menon: A Covid-19 Hell on Earth

How This Country Fails Its Most Vulnerable: A Field Guide to Our Threadbare Social Safety Net.

February 26, 2021 · Leave a comment

William Torphy and Ted Torphy: Lessons from the Pandemic

The crisis has revealed structural dysfunctions as well as human courage and resilience, providing many lessons that cannot be ignored.

January 23, 2021 · 2 Comments

Marina Tsvetaeva: Thank God for the Rich

For their root, putrid and loose,
For their weeping-wound from the cradle,
For their perplexing habit of taking
More from my pocket into their pocket.

January 22, 2021 · 2 Comments

Liz Theoharis: The Nation Must Have the Moral Courage To Carry on the Work of Martin Luther King Jr.

Many have claimed that those rioters (and the president’s infamous “base” more generally) were all, in essence, poor, working-class white people. In reality, however, among those who have led such racist attacks are business leaders, executives, and multimillionaires.

January 19, 2021 · 3 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

John Feffer: The De-Trumpification of America

It’s essential to ensure that the November 3rd election is free and fair, but if Trump loses, then the bigger problems are likely to begin.

June 29, 2020 · Leave a comment

Derrick Z. Jackson: The Push to Relax COVID-19 Protections Exposes Age-Old Racial Wounds

Jared Kushner called America’s response to COVID-19, “a great success story.” And some states are moving to aggressively reopen malls, retail stores, restaurants, gyms, bowling alleys, parks, and hair parlors and even ordering people to go back to work.

May 13, 2020 · 8 Comments

Kathryn McKinley: How the rich reacted to the bubonic plague has eerie similarities to today’s pandemic

The coronavirus can infect anyone, but recent reporting has shown your socioeconomic status can play a big role, with a combination of job security, access to health care and mobility … Continue reading

April 17, 2020 · Leave a comment

Jill Richardson: We are all in this together

Why we can’t be okay with other people bearing the brunt of a pandemic or recession.

March 24, 2020 · 5 Comments

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

Andrew J. Bacevich: The Great Reckoning

From our present vantage point, it seems clear that, by 2019, the United States had passed a point of no return. In retrospect, this was the moment when indications of things gone fundamentally awry should have become unmistakable

July 26, 2019 · Leave a comment

David Korten: 8 Essential Steps to Radically Transform Our Economy

An economic system that serves everyone and the planet is necessary for our survival. Here are some guiding principles to get us there.

July 8, 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

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