Category Archives: Political Economy

PBS interview about financial crisis with Joe Stiglitz

PBS interview about financial crisis with Joe Stiglitz By Chris in Paris on 5/06/2012 09:15:00 PM It’s a long read, but it’s very good. During the interview, Stiglitz discusses the failure of regulation, the lack of transparency with the banks (even today) and … Continue reading

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Stephen King, taxes and charities

Stephen King, taxes and charities What’s wrong with charities?  Well, nothing in themselves; people want to help others in difficulty and do so every day. It’s just that in a modern capitalist world, charity has been usurped into a business that … Continue reading

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Occupy Wall Street: What You Can Demand versus What You Must DO

Occupy Wall Street: What You Can Demand versus What You Must DO we_are_the_99percent01.jpg [3]  by BAR executive editor Glen Ford Occupy Wall Street activists are under some pressures to come up with demands to make of the powerful. However, “in many … Continue reading

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America’s real death panels

America’s real death panels from David Sirota By cutting food stamps and blocking smog regulations, Washington has a hand in killing thousands  TOPICS:HEALTH, BARACK OBAMA Remember the good ol’ days when Republicans were running around the country screaming that the Democrats’ proposal … Continue reading

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On radicals and economists

On radicals and economists* In Economics & Politics on October 8, 2011 by juliohuato It will sound strange, but economists as a crowd are — just like the rest of us — human beings crushed by the existing social order.  Since their role … Continue reading

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Why Medicare Is the Solution — Not the Problem

Why Medicare Is the Solution — Not the Problem from Robert Reich 8 people liked this Not only is Social Security on the chopping block in order to respond to Republican extortion. So is Medicare. But Medicare isn’t the nation’s budgetary … Continue reading

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The Swamp of Washington and the Morass of the Economy

The Swamp of Washington and the Morass of the Economy from Robert Reich 5 people liked this Washington was built on a swamp. In the summer, temperatures can reach over 100 degrees — as they did over the last few days … Continue reading

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The Stalled Recovery, Smoke and Mirrors, and the Carnage on the Street

The Stalled Recovery, Smoke and Mirrors, and the Carnage on the Street from Robert Reich 4 people liked this The Dow ended the week below 12,000 for the first time since March. This is the sixth straight week of downs for the … Continue reading

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Seniors, Students, and Who “Creates Jobs”

Seniors, Students, and Who “Creates Jobs” from Dollars & Sense Blog by Chris Sturr Get the Hint (1)  Seniors: Hat-tip to regular blog reader TM for alerting us to an op-ed by WashPo economics blah-blah-er Robert Samuelson (no relation to Nobel prize winning economist … Continue reading

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The Great Switch by the Super Rich

The Great Switch by the Super Rich from Robert Reich 14 people liked this Forty years ago, wealthy Americans financed the U.S. government mainly through their tax payments. Today wealthy Americans finance the government mainly by lending it money. While foreigners own most of our national debt, over 40 percent is owned by Americans – … Continue reading

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