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Missing Foundations
LINH DINH
Americans are living on borrowed time, economically. Like air conditioners, copper pipes and aluminum siding of a foreclosed home, what remains of our prosperity will be violently stripped away. There is no economic recovery because the foundations for such are simply not...
The Benefits of Work Sharing
DEAN BAKER
This week, Congress passed the Middle Class Tax Relief a...
Revisiting the Second Great Depression
DEAN BAKER
As President Obama’s re-election campaign heats up, there are several new accounts of his track record finding their way into print. One item for which he is undeservedly given credit is saving the country from a second Great Depression. The political elites beli...
Obama’s Timid Budget
MARK WEISBROT
President Obama’s proposed budget has a few interesting proposals for reforms over the next dec...
The Job Killing Deficit Hawks
DEAN BAKER
It’s budget time, and that means that we can expect to hear the Washington elite wailing about the budget deficit for the next several weeks. When hearing the cries about out-of-control deficits, people would be best advised to turn off their television sets, put do...
Debunking Charles Murray … Again
ROB URIE
I know the areas of Philadelphia that Charles Murray refers to in his new book Coming Apart and I...
From “Man-cession” to “Man-covery”
LAURA FLANDERS
The January jobs numbers brought joy and cork popping, but official unemployment’s fall to 8.3 per cent from 9.1 per cent a year earlier seems a bit over-celebrated, especially if you happen to be young, old, a person of color or a woman. First, on those official...
Do the Job Numbers Really Add Up?
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
Last Friday the US Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that in the first month of this new year 243,000  jobs were created and the unemployment rate (U.3) fell to 8.3 percent.  This good news is a mirage. It is due to faulty seasonal adjustments and to the BLS birth/dea...
Demands for the 99%
ROBERT ROTH
In a helpful review and constructive critique of the current status of the Occupy movement, Ismael Hossein-Zadeh makes several good suggestions.  And I’ve seen some other comments more recently that seem worth sharing with you, in case you haven’t seen them.  Hossei...
The Jobless Recovery
MARK WEISBROT
The U.S. recession officially ended in June of 2009, but most Americans don’t feel like we are in a recovery. That’s because it’s been a weak recovery, with the ...
Understanding Unemployment
ISMAEL HOSSEIN-ZADEH
“A study of the struggle waged by the English working class reveals that, in order to oppose their workers, the employers either bring in workers from abroad or else transfer manufacture to countries where there is a cheap labor force. Given this state of af...
Where Will the Jobs Come From?
ROBERT URIE
In Ron Suskind’s book “Confidence Men” Barack Obama is reported in 2008 to have argued to his...
The Untouchables of Zuccotti Park
STANLEY ROGOUSKI
In an October 9 article for the website Truthdig.com, Chris Hedges, the former New York Times bureau chief turned dissident journalist, gives us a...
How The Oligarchy Gets Politicized
ALAN NASSER
The performance of the US economy from the mid-1970s to the present was no match for its relatively robust performance during what  economists call the Golden Age – 1949 to 1973. This was in fact the longest period of sustained growth in US history, when most (whit...
Ten Million Families Sliding Toward Foreclosure
SHERWOOD ROSS
Of the 55-million families with mortgages, 10.4-million of them “are sliding toward failure and foreclosure”—a tragedy that will depress the U.S. housing market for years to come, a result of too many houses for sale and too few buyers. ...
Oh, USA
MISSY BEATTIE
Beat-up little seagull On a marble stair Tryin’ to find the ocean Lookin’ everywhere Hard times in the city In a hard town by the sea Ain’t nowhere to run to There ain’t nothin’ here for ...
The Other One Percent
ISAAC LEV SZMONKO and ISAAC ONTIVEROS
On the morning of October 25, police from nearly twenty law enforcement agencies descended upon the Occupy Oakland encampment located outside city hall. They removed its occupants using chemical weapons, and arrested nearly 100 people before destroying the encampment. The...
Living in a Delusional World
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
I have come to the conclusion that Big Brother’s subjects in George Orwell’s 1984 are better informed than Americans. Americans have no idea why they have been at war in the Middle East, Asia and Africa for a decade.  They don’t realize that their...
Homeless in America
BARBARA EHRENREICH
As anyone knows who has ever had to set up a military encampment or build a village from the ground up, occupations pose staggering logistical problems. Large numbers of people must be fed and kept reasonably warm and dry. Trash has to be removed; medical care and rudimen...
Obama’s Jobs Bill and Other Fictions
ROB URIE
Several seemingly well meaning pundits have asked: if Occupy Wall Street wants jobs, why don’t they come out and support President Obama’s jobs bill? Answering only for myself, the better question is: why doesn’t Obama support his own jobs bill? The White House is c...
This is Your (Occupied) Land
REBECCA SOLNIT
Dear young man who died on the fourth day of this turbulent 2011, dear Mohammed Bouazizi, I want to write you about an astonishing year — with three months yet to run. I want to tell you about the power of despair and the margins of hope and the bonds of civi...
Live from Obamaville
VIJAY PRASHAD
I. Hooverville. Poor Herbert Hoover. A multimillionaire by thirty from the vast profits of gold mining, Hoover went into public service as retirement. His early administrative work was in agriculture, but he spent the longest time of his career in the Depa...
Street Action
SAUL LANDAU
Politicians face a spreading revolt against Wall Street, financial tycoons, banks in general and an insensitive government that ignores people’s needs. The latest poll shows a radical lack of confidence for those running the government A September 30 Gallup poll ...
Winning the Class War
Rev. JESSE JACKSON
Occupy Wall Street protests have now spread to some 800 cities.  It’s spreading like a fire on a strong wind over a dry field.  The heat is likely to keep on building. Conservatives have fallen over themselves rushing to side with the top 1% against the rest....
Excuses for a Pathetic Recovery
DEAN BAKER
The September jobs report showed that the U.S. economy created just 103,000 jobs in the month, 45,000 of which were the jobs of Verizon workers who were returning from a strike in August. The economy has created 99,000 jobs a month over the last three months, about 9,000 ...
How Far We’ve Fallen
DAVID MACARAY
How many stockbrokers, lawyers, bankers, accountants, aluminum siding salesmen, rodeo clowns, etc, would turn down a big, fat pay raise if it came with strings attached?  What if accepting that pay raise was contingent upon all future new-hires being denied the opportuni...
Are Trade Deficits Really That Bad?
MARSHALL AUERBACK
In a recent piece in The Nation Thomas Geoghegan argues fiercely that few points were made more emphatically by John Maynard Keynes than his opinion  that: “no country, ever, should run up any kind of trade deficit, much less the trade deficit on steroids we a...
Is Capitalism Preparing to Bury Itself?
MURRAY DOBBIN
Where is Henry Ford when you need him? You may remember Henry — the ruthless industrialist who nonetheless refused to be hobbled by suicidal ideology when it came to doing business. He realized as his workers cranked thousands of new cars off the assembly lin...
Saving the Rich, Losing the Economy
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
Economic policy in the United States and Europe has failed, and people are suffering. Economic policy failed for three reasons:  (1) policymakers focused on enabling offshoring corporations to move middle class jobs, and the consumer demand, tax base, GDP, and car...
The Philosophy Behind “Occupy Wall Street”
VIJAY PRASHAD
“Speculators may do no harm as bubbles on a steady stream of enterprise. But the position is serious when enterprise becomes the bubble on a whirlpool of speculation. When the capital development of a country becomes a byproduct of the activities of a ca...
Welcome to the Post-Modern Gilded Age
DAVID ROSEN
One word dominates political discourse in America today: Jobs!  It was the centerpiece of recent the debate between Republican presidential contenders and the Democratic president’s speech to the nation. The official unemployment rate stands at 9.1 percent; whe...
Take This American Jobs Act and Shove It!
FRAN SHOR
It may be that the most depressing aspect of President Obama’s proposed “American Jobs Act” is the pitiful acceptance by leading elements of what passes for the “progressive” coalition in these dreary times.  Apparently, some organizations and individuals have...
Toward a New New Deal
L. RANDALL WRAY and STEPHANIE KELTON
On Thursday night Barack Obama delivered his highly anticipated jobs speech. At this point, it’s fair to say that he’s gone back to the usual predictable stuff—a one-year extension of the payroll tax cut, a continuation of unemployment benefits, some addit...
How to Create Middle Class Jobs
DEAN BAKER
For the last three decades the government has pursued a variety of policies that had the effect of undermining the living standard of the middle class and redistributing income upwards. As a result, the middle class has experienced stagnant income and growing insecurity. ...
Obama’s Jobs Speech
NIRANJAN RAMAKRISHNAN
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The Fight for Jobs and Justice
BRIAN TIERNEY
It’s not everyday that the president of the United States talks about the last fight that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. waged at the end of his life – a piece of history that is generally excluded from the tributes to the nation’s most revered civil rights leader. ...
Workers and Environmentalists Unite!
SHAMUS COOKE
When there are zero jobs available, any job will do. This fact has been exploited by corporations now re-labeling themselves “job creators,” since being a job creator in a time of depression brings a religious status similar to a rain god during a drought. Demo...
Happy Corporation Day!
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
It is Labor Day, 2011, but labor has nothing to celebrate.  The jobs that once gave American workers a stake in capitalism have left and gone away.  Corporations in pursuit of near-term profits have moved labor’s jobs to China, India, Indonesia, Taiwan, South Korea an...
Mr. Mean: Eric Cantor
MICHAEL WINSHIP
  For Manhattan at least, last week was the weather week that wasn’t. But the minor earthquake and weakened Hurricane Irene served as reminders of the caprice of nature and — only a couple of weeks before the tenth anniversary of 9/11 — the k...
More of the Same Won’t Save the Economy
JIM GOODMAN
Labor Day has always been a day of celebration, of appreciation for the hard won achievements of previous generations of workers. The eight hour work day, the five day work week, ending of child labor, a start on gender equality — in short a recognition that workers...
Pouring the Red Ink Down the Sink
MIKE WHITNEY
The US consumer’s decade-long spending spree has ended, but there’s still an ocean of red ink left to mop up. And with housing prices falling and unemployment tipping 9 per cent, it will take longer to clear the family balance sheet than many had anticipated....
How Washington Could Create Jobs Right Now
MICHAEL WINSHIP
I like to ask friends about the oddest summer job they ever had. One talks about how he used to don a rubber suit every morning at a Sylvania electronics plant in Syracuse, NY, and climb into a tank, where he dipped television tubes into some sort of mercury solution. He...
Fightbacks at Home and Abroad
WAYNE CLARK
Unless you’ve been on vacation up the Amazon, you know that young people in England have been rioting in the streets. In response to the police shooting of a young father, they smashed windows, burned buildings and looted stores. Their actions were both mindless and...
Shorter Weeks, Longer Vacations
DEAN BAKER
The United States is suffering the enduring effects of a collapsed housing bubble, not a financial crisis. This is an important distinction, because it points to the necessity of relying on shorter workweeks and longer vacations to return to full employment. The fi...
Obama’s Political Economy
DEAN BAKER
A front page story in Sunday’s New York Times gave the country the bad news. President Obama is no longer paying attention to economists and economics in designing economic policy. Instead, he will do what his campaign people tell him will get him re-elect...
The Grubby Species
DAVID MICHAEL GREEN
Nobility is a bitch, and a real seductive one at that. I’m capable of some serious cynicism, but these days I kinda wish I had a lot more of it.  I kinda wish I had born and raised in a more cynical time.  Then maybe I wouldn’t get my heart broken so often....
Fighting Back in London
JEFF SPARROW
“Capitalism is,” Mark Fisher explained, a few years ago, ‘what is left when beliefs have collapsed at the level of ritual or symbolic elaboration, and all that is left is the consumer-spectator, trudging through the ruins and the relics.’ Yo...
Feral Capitalism Hits the Streets
DAVID HARVEY
“Nihilistic and feral teenagers” the Daily Mail called them: the crazy youths from all walks of life who raced around the streets mindlessly and desperately hurling bricks, stones and bottles at the cops while looting here and setting bonfires there, leading t...
Planet of Slums, Age of Riots
GEORGE CICCARIELLO-MAHER
Tottenham, Chile, Tunis… There are too many to count Oakland, Brixton, Taybat al-Imam… We almost can’t keep the names straight. Clichy-sous-Bois, Caracas, Los Angeles… The phrase “riot in London” ec...
The Nostrum of “Shared Sacrifice”
MARK T. HARRIS
The tipping point in progressive illusions that President Obama is “one of us” may finally have been reached with the new bipartisan deal on the debt ceiling. To avert financial default, Obama and his Congressional allies have basically negotiated their...