Pundits and political scientists are always searching for that simple theory that’ll explain just what makes our politics tick. Where should they be looking? How about in the eyes of a billionaire at tax time?
Why the 2014 State of the Union action agenda won’t take us nearly as far as we need to go.
New research explores how privilege can turn the privileged self-centered and worse.
The ‘market’ isn’t working for working people. The rich have rigged the rules. We ought to keep trying, of course, to reduce the resulting inequality. But why not, unions are asking, end the rule rigging?
Back in 1776, public-spirited patriots emerged from the ranks of colonial America’s privileged. But our corporate elite today seems to offer up only thieving, tax-dodging parasites. Why such a contrast?
House Republicans, with help from some Wall Street-friendly Democrats, are rushing to repeal the most promising Dodd-Frank Act check on excessive executive pay. Their rationale? Expecting corporations to calculate how much they pay their most typical workers would impose a burden too heavy for corporations to bear.
Let’s place private corporations with government contracts under surveillance — to make sure no one is getting rich off our tax dollars.
For the grasping managers of Corporate America — and the institutions their wealth dominates — no workers deserve dignity, not even the most amazingly accomplished.