Archived Articles (2011-2013)

If two words can capture the extraordinary redistribution of wealth from workers to the wealthy over the past forty years, the flagrant shamelessness of contemporary conspicuous consumption, the privatization of what used to be public privileges and the wanton destruction of our atmosphere that is rapidly leading toward the extinction of nearly all non-human life on earth, all covered in a hypocritical pretense of pious environmental virtue … those two words are Virgin Galactic. READ MORE

August 14, 2012

There have been two recessions: a White Recession and a Black Recession. The White Recession was sharp and painful, but soon over. The Black Recession has now dragged on for four years, if not forty. READ MORE

August 7, 2012

The economy is growing. The money is there. It’s our democratic choice: corporate profits or public schools. READ MORE

August 1, 2012

People shouldn’t be fooled by an attractive-sounding slogan. Free knowledge is not free; it’s knowledge paid for by those who want you to have it. It’s only free to consume, not to produce. READ MORE

July 27, 2012

Can you imagine Americans of 1968 settling for a minimum wage standard of living that had been set based on 1924 standards? What about 1880 standards? At some point we should expect low-wage workers to start living better than they used to. READ MORE

July 24, 2012

No matter how you look at it, the 2012 minimum wage shouldn’t be $7.25 an hour, or even $10.55 an hour. Even the most progressive demands for the minimum wage are way too low. READ MORE

July 23, 2012

Families today are making more money than families did thirty or forty years ago for two basic reasons. All the while, in per-hour terms, they’re actually making less. READ MORE

July 18, 2012

Expect life expectancy in Greece and other austerity-hit countries to drop in coming years. Suicides are only the first symptom of austerity syndrome. The worst is yet to come. READ MORE

July 17, 2012