John Buell

John Buell lives in Southwest Harbor, Maine and writes on labor and environmental issues. His most recent book, published by Palgrave in August 2011, is "Politics, Religion, and Culture in an Anxious Age". He may be reached at jbuell@acadia.net.

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Wednesday, July 2, 2014 - 7:15am
Towards Full Employment and the Democratic Prospect
Despite all the talk about economic recovery, the US remains mired in slow growth and persistent unemployment. That we are far from full employment becomes clear if we recall recent history. During the final months of the Clinton Administration, unemployment dipped below 4% Those on the bottom of...
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Monday, March 17, 2014 - 11:52am
Comcast Merger Threatens Our Democracy as Much as Our Pocketbooks
Much business news is pretty opaque to many citizens. Terms like leveraged buyouts, puts, and calla seem to be the stuff of expert financiers or con artists. Nonetheless, the media have recently reported a story that hits home for many. Number one Cable and broadcast conglomerate Comcast proposes to purchase number two Time Warner.
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Wednesday, February 19, 2014 - 6:36am
NAFTA at 20: How ‘Free Trade’ Helps Banks Block Regulation
The North American Free Trade Agreement, just turned 20, has been in the news lately. Its advocates hope to extend its reach and depth through a Trans Pacific Partnership trade agreement and similar deals with Europe.
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Thursday, October 31, 2013 - 11:47am
Double or Nothing: The US is Making Escalating Bets
If life in the first two decades of the twenty first century were a game of poker, continuous double or nothing bets against the house by a wealthy participant would be routine. Life, however, is not a game, and the US is making escalating bets in the areas of finance, the environment, the international economy, and foreign relations. These systems pose significant risks in themselves, and their interactions with each other threaten to unleash positive feedback loops of indeterminate magnitude that may overwhelm us.
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Monday, July 8, 2013 - 12:05pm
Nationalism, Tech Giants, and Spy States
Despite persistent efforts by the US media to cast Edward Snowden as a traitor, the affair has managed to expose, not only abusive surveillance practices, but also the supportive role of strange bedfellows in these practices.
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Friday, June 7, 2013 - 7:41am
Cyprus and the Quest for Safe Havens
As the European financial crisis waxes and wanes, one hears a familiar refrain in the business press and on such business-boosting media as CNBC. When the risk of default in Greece or Spain appears imminent, US Treasury bonds increase in value and thereby decline in yield.
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Wednesday, March 20, 2013 - 6:46am
Combating US Capitalism's Moral Blinders
Is US capitalism now mired in a moral cesspool? Consider the following:
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Tuesday, December 11, 2012 - 1:04pm
Democracy and the Ecology of Transportation
There is no question as to whether New York City and the surrounding coastal communities of the tri-state area will be rebuilt. But will these communities be reconstructed to serve the vast majority of working people or the interests of the economic and cultural elites that have dominated city life?
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Wednesday, November 7, 2012 - 2:11pm
The US Austerity Fight Cometh
President Obama may soon face a three-headed monster. Though a tepid recovery is underway in the United States, unemployment remains high and some of the tools used to promote recovery carry significant risks of their own. Worse still, the specter of a Eurozone bankruptcy haunts the world economy. Finally a Eurozone collapse itself may trigger the worst political crises since the height of the Cold War.
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Friday, October 5, 2012 - 12:42pm
Republicans, Democrats, and Jobs
"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 by-product of the activities of a casino, the job is likely to be ill-done.
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