Alan Nasser

Alan Nasser is professor emeritus of Political Economy at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington and has written articles and essays that have appeared in The Nation, Commonweal, Monthly Review, Common Dreams, Global Research and a range of professional journals in economics, sociology and law. E-mail address: nassera@evergreen.edu

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Saturday, March 20, 2010 - 9:27am
Large-Scale Public Investment-Employment: A New Deal For Our Times
On March 17 Congress passed the “Hire Now Tax Cut” giving companies a break from paying Social Security taxes for the remainder of the year on any new workers hired who have been unemployed for at least 60 days. The legislation is a token response to the emerging consensus in both the mainstream and independent media that the economy’s unemployment problem is cumulative, structural and long term. But the prescription is entirely inadequate to the diagnosis. Let’s have a look at the patient.
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Friday, January 15, 2010 - 10:30am
Obama’s Latest Ruse: The Bank Tax
When president Obama was awarded Advertising Age's 2009 Marketer of the Year award, we were alerted to expect carefully crafted public relations posturing in defense of the reputation of Brand Obama. We have not been disappointed. The president has regularly taken verbal pot shots at the financial oligarchy in an effort to convey the impression that he shares the public's outrage at the behavior of the plutocrats. But he has thrown no sticks and stones at the banksters, who know as well as you and I that mere words can never hurt them.
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Wednesday, November 18, 2009 - 8:34am
Obama’s Bad Case Against Single Payer
The Obama administration has broadened the scope of what it wants to dismiss as unrealistic, utopian and unpragmatic, i.e. as for all practical purposes impossible. These claims have typically been accompanied by the assurance that “This is not something that Americans would go for – it’s not the American way.” Obama’s case against a single payer health care system is a conspicuous case in point. His position on this issue features weak arguments and serious factual errors. The Alleged Impossibility of Universal Health Care
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Tuesday, October 13, 2009 - 10:07am
Dubious Economics: Obama's Recovery Plan and the Median Wage Earner
It's time to identify and evaluate the basic assumptions and strategy of President Obama's recovery plan. Such an assessment suggests that if present economic strategy continues, in the end the "new normal" will be a chronically indebted low-wage American worker. Let's look first at Obama's fundamental justification for bailing out the financial elite rather than the working majority, and then at the economic situation of the median worker, who will bear the burden of the consequences of this policy.
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Wednesday, March 18, 2009 - 11:19am
The New TARF, the Moribund Bailout, and a Real-World Stimulus Plan
The public is both stymied and angry about a series of bailouts that constitute the biggest transfer of public funds to a handful of the superrich in American history. The problem is that these handouts have not decreased the burden on households victimized by the financial misdeeds of the recipients of the transfer.
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Tuesday, September 23, 2008 - 10:46am
A US-NATO War In Pakistan? – An Anatomy of the Current Crisis
On Saturday evening, the Marriott hotel in Islamabad, Pakistan, one of the city's two most luxurious hotels, located near the presidential office, the parliament building, and a host of foreign embassies, was devastated by a bomb blast that left fifty three dead, including the Czech ambassador and two U.S. Defense Department officials.
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Tuesday, July 8, 2008 - 2:42pm
HR 362 and the Alarming Escalation of Hostility Towards Iran
The current tension among political observers as to whether the U.S. and/or Israel will undertake military action against Iran before president Bush leaves office has been greatly intensified by the prospect that Congress will pass a frightening resolution, HR 362, as early as this week. The Demands of HR 362
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Thursday, August 2, 2007 - 2:44pm
The Threat of U.S. Fascism: An Historical Precedent
Perhaps the most alarming slice of twentieth-century U.S. history is virtually unknown to the general public, including most scholars of American history. One hopes that a recent BBC documentary titled The Plot Against America and an article of the same name by Columbia Law School professor and longtime human rights activist Scott Horton, on the website of Harper's magazine, will sound an alert.
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