If we want to solve the most pressing issues of our time, we need to change our national political discourse from one that focuses solely on competition, the market, and the individual, to one that focuses on the value of community, civil society, and the public good.
Among developed nations, America ranks number one in child poverty. The cause? Many powerful elected leaders point to unmarried mothers. But the research doesn’t back them up. Look instead, that research suggests, to an unequal economy loaded with low-wage jobs.
Today’s super rich engorge themselves on federal dollars and evade billions in taxes while ordinary Americans work themselves to the bone. Professor of Law and Public Policy Sheila Suess Kennedy maintains it’s high time we rethink who are the ‘makers’ and the ‘takers.’
Making the market “decisive” means that the Chinese government has decided to place profits before people — and even before that previously invincible talisman, economic growth.
Call it vote-buying if you want, but when a government effectively buys the votes of 80 or 90 percent of the population, I call that government of the people, by the people, for the people.
Do we need more free markets and more privatization? Economists say yes. History says no.
Differences in the ways people live are only partly determined by income. They’re also determined by the levels of government services provided to everyone.
Chicago teachers’ wages are the focus of a major political battle – not because their salaries are out of line in a legitimate comparison – but because people are playing politics with teachers’ pay.
Congress could put 300,000 people back to work this month if it acted immediately to
provide direct support for local school districts.
The economy is growing. The money is there. It’s our democratic choice: corporate profits or public schools.