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Government austerity demands that we die within our means

Government austerity demands that we die within our means

May 23, 2017

Most people still don’t fully understand the true scale of the human cost that government imposed austerity has unleashed This article first appeared on openDemocracy VICKIE COOPER and DAVID WHYTE 23 May 2017 As we move towards the general election, we are paralyzed by what is probably the biggest single issue affecting ordinary people in the country:...

Can J-nomics Save South Korea’s Economy?

Can J-nomics Save South Korea’s Economy?

May 19, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Lee Jong-Wha SEOUL – South Korea’s new president, Moon Jae-in, a former human-rights lawyer representing the center-left Democratic Party, has his work cut out for him. Though North Korea’s increasingly provocative behavior will likely continue to dominate headlines, the success of Moon’s presidency will hinge largely upon...

The power of money: how the rich took hold of our monetary systems to make themselves richer

The power of money: how the rich took hold of our monetary systems to make themselves richer

May 7, 2017

This article first appeared on openDemocracy To wrest back control from private finance, to reclaim our “hollowed out democratic institutions,” we must begin with a public understanding of money. Book review. By David Beer The UK is feeling pretty divided at the moment, yet there is one thing that is likely to unite people across the political spectrum: a...

The Left Must Vote for Macron

The Left Must Vote for Macron

May 4, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Yanis Varoufakis LONDON – In 2002, Jacques Chirac, the French right’s leader, faced Jean-Marie Le Pen, the leader of the racist National Front, in the second round of France’s presidential election. The French left rallied behind the Gaullist, conservative Chirac to oppose the xenophobic heir of Vichy collaborationism....

You Pay Your Fair Share. Shouldn’t Wall Street?

You Pay Your Fair Share. Shouldn’t Wall Street?

Apr 13, 2017

Originally published on Common Dreams.  While you and I file our taxes, Republicans want to make it even easier for big banks to dodge them. by Sarah Anderson Did you pay all of your taxes this April? Wall Street banks typically pay much less than the official 35 percent corporate tax rate. And yet after attacking Hillary Clinton for her ties to Wall Street,...

Republican Trainwreck: Millions at Risk as Trump Demands Healthcare Vote

Republican Trainwreck: Millions at Risk as Trump Demands Healthcare Vote

Mar 24, 2017

Originally published on Common Dreams. By Lauren McCauley In their frenzied effort to strong-arm support for the flailing American Health Care Act (AHCA) before a vote on Friday, President Donald Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan have officially made the Republican plan even worse. Trump issued a stark ultimatum to wavering House Republicans late Thursday,...

The five poverties of inequality

The five poverties of inequality

Mar 21, 2017

This article first appeared on openDemocracy Despite billions spent in official aid to fight poverty, the number of poor people in the world is not diminishing. And Latin America remains the most unequal region in the world. Inequality is the worst kind of poverty, because inequality is precisely what causes it. Measuring poverty and allocating budget lines in...

Why Bernie Is the Most Popular Politician in America

Why Bernie Is the Most Popular Politician in America

Mar 20, 2017

Republished with permission from ALTERNET. Sanders’ message about the ravages of runaway inequality hit home because it is true. By Les Leopold Bernie Sanders has the highest approval rating of any politician in the country with 61 percent approving, while only 32 percent disapproving, according to a March 15 Fox News poll. The Sanders 29 plus percent...

Who’s Going to Save American Jobs?

Who’s Going to Save American Jobs?

Mar 12, 2017

This article was originally published on Fair Observer. BY   KNOWLEDGEWHARTON Tackling unemployment and the “skills gap” needs to happen at the corporate, state and local levels. In a speech announcing his candidacy in June 2015, Donald Trump stated: “I will be the greatest jobs president that God ever created.” He repeated this promise in various ways...

Housing Bubble Déjà Vu

Housing Bubble Déjà Vu

Mar 10, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Mark Roe CAMBRIDGE – The 2008-2009 financial crisis exposed a serious weakness in the global financial system’s architecture: an overnight market for mortgage-backed securities that could not handle the implosion of a housing bubble. Some nine years later, that weakness has not been addressed adequately. When the crisis...

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