The Most Disturbing Part Of The JPMorgan News Is That It's Not Shocking At All | Peter S. Goodman No one who has spent more than a little time in China can be shocked by the latest blockbuster from The New York Times about the means through which the family of former Premier Wen Jiabao traded access to power for personal gain.
James Howard Kunstler: The Era of Giant Chain Stores Is Over -- And They've Ruined America Back in the day when big box retail started to explode upon the American landscape like a raging economic scrofula, I attended many a town planning board meeting where the pro and con factions faced off over the permitting hurdle.
Megatrends, Game-Changers, Black Swans, Tectonic Shifts, and a World Not That Different From 2012 Tom Engelhardt: The U.S. Intelligence Community's New Year's Wish
Bill Maher: Won Direction Cross-posted on HBO's Real Time With Bill Maher site.
The Critical Thinking Crisis Commentary from Stephen Whitley You'd think someone who earns admission into college is ready to handle the work they are assigned.
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John R. Talbott: Economics and Business: Tell Your Professors to Speak Up Economists, finance professors, options and derivatives experts and business school professors have dropped the ball completely when it comes to the financial crisis. Not only did less than a handful see it coming, the silence coming from the rest today is deafening as they avoid speaking out on the economy's ills, real bank reform, controlling derivative and systemic risk, the damage that corporate lobbying is doing to our country or the risks to the middle class in the U.S. and Europe of free and unfettered trade with very low wage countries such as China.
Noam Chomsky: Plutonomy and the Precariat On the History of the U.S.
This word "fairness" keeps coming up around tax day, particularly in discussions around the Buffett rule. Jared Bernstein: What's Fair? Five (or Six) Principles of Tax Fairness
And Why Taxpayers Shouldn’t Stand for It Any More Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com Bill McKibben: Payola for the Most Profitable Corporations in History
The defining political issue of 2012 won't be the government's size. It will be who government is for. Robert Reich: The Defining Issue: Not Government's Size, But Who It's For
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Dean Baker: Economic Conflicts With China and Class War in the United States The Commerce Department's release of trade figures last week showed another large deficit with China for October, albeit slightly lower than the record hit the previous month. This figure will renew the calls for stronger action against China. Unfortunately the debate over China is often buried in confusion, leading to a situation that is not conducive to effective action.
How Big Car Services Use Legislation to Drive Over Competition NASHVILLE, Tenn.-- In June 2010 the Nashville Metropolitan City Council passed legislation raising the city's minimum fee for limo and sedan rentals, bumping it from $25 to $45. Drivers were prohibited by law from charging less.
Robert Reich: The Most Important Economic Speech of His Presidency The President's speech today in Osawatomie, Kansas -- where Teddy Roosevelt gave his "New Nationalism" speech in 1910 -- is the most important economic speech of his presidency in terms of connecting the dots, laying out the reasons behind our economic and political crises, and asserting a willingness to take on the powerful and the privileged that have gamed the system to their advantage.
The Supreme Court looms over our political landscape like a giant, immovable object. Americans have traditionally respected the court's purview, believing that it serves justice, dispassionately. Yet the most controversial decision of the last twenty five years -- Bush v. Gore -- has profoundly shaken that sentiment. And other decisions, like the Citizens United ruling that prevented restrictions on corporation and labor outside expenditures in elections, are inviting further skepticism. Just who does the Court serve? Dylan Ratigan: Bought Justice and the Supreme Court
Dylan Ratigan: Bought Justice
Corporate Citizenship: How Public Dissent In Paris Sparked Creation Of The Corporate Person
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Ian Fletcher: It's the Free Trade, Stupid
Leo Hindery, Jr.: A Vision for Economic Renewal -- An American Jobs Agenda
Martin Ford: Could We Have Civil Unrest and Riots in the U.S. as a Result of Extreme Inequality?
John R. Talbott: The New High Tech Bubble
Nathan Newman: The Cost Of Lost Privacy, Part 1: How Google and Data-Mining Drive Economic Inequality in Our Nation
Ian Fletcher: The Coming Upheaval in Republican Economics
The Five Myths of the Hydrogen Fueled Vehicle
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Johann Hari: Factory Farming Is Manufacturing Superbugs -- and Endangering Us All
Ian Fletcher: How China Plans to Leapfrog the American Economy (And it's Not What You Think)
Noam Chomsky: Is the World Too Big to Fail? The Contours of Global Order
Robert Scheer: The Peasants Need Pitchforks
Robert Reich: How Democrats Can Become Relevant Again (And Rescue the Nation While They're At It)
Ian Fletcher: Why Have Nations at All? The Case for Economic Borders
Ian Fletcher: The Obama Administration's Clueless Trade Diplomacy
Steven Hill: The China Superpower Hoax
Dean Baker: If Progressives Wanted to Win
Trying to understand income inequality, the most profound change in American society in your lifetime. - By Timothy Noah
The Century of the Self - 1 of 4 - Happiness Machines
Howard Schweber: Laffer Curves and Tax Cuts: What Does It Take to Kill a Zombie?
Chris Weigant: Democracy's Drawback
Hu Visit A Reminder Of One Way China Leaves U.S. In The Dust
Tom Engelhardt: A World Made by War: How Old Will You Be When the American War State Goes Down?
Leo Hindery, Jr.: Let the Screaming Begin -- Soon
Breaking the chain: The antitrust case against Wal-Mart, By Barry C. Lynn