Harold Meyerson

Harold Meyerson is the editor-at-large at The American Prospect and a columnist for The Washington Post.

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Friday, April 03, 2015
Workers — Not Employers — Are the Real Wage Movers and Shakers
“We’re too big and complicated a system to do anything in reaction to a particular group or something happening,” Karen King, who has the wonderful title of “chief people officer” at McDonald’s, said Wednesday , explaining her company’s decision to raise wages for some of its employees. If you...
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Friday, January 02, 2015
A New Left in Europe: Austerity Gives Rise to New Political Parties.
A new Left is rising in Europe as the new year begins. And despite the fears it engenders in polite society, this New Left is less Marxian than it is — oh, the horror — Keynesian. Keynesianism is a complex economic theory, but its central insight is simple enough: If every institution stops...
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Tuesday, June 04, 2013
The Ugly (and Bloody) Side of D.C.'s Corporate Bipartisanship
Over the past month, an oceanic divide has opened between European and American retailers on the question of how to respond to the manmade epidemic of deadly disasters in the garment industry of Bangladesh, the world’s second largest clothing exporter.
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Wednesday, May 29, 2013
More Than One Bad Apple
The open secret of many global corporations’ success — and occasionally, downfall — is to fall between the cracks. Apple, which is based in Cupertino, Calif., created an Irish subsidiary with no employees, into which it funneled roughly $30 billion between 2009 and 2012 on which neither Ireland nor the United States levied taxes.
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Tuesday, May 14, 2013
The Upside Down Economy
One aspect that defines our current economy is that things are happening that shouldn’t be happening. I don’t mean that things are happening that are illegal or immoral.
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Monday, January 28, 2013
Employees? Consumers? Feh!
Should the Supreme Court uphold it, last Friday’s decision by three Reagan-appointees to the D.C. Circuit Appellate Court appears at first glance to rejigger the balance of power between Congress and the president.
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Thursday, August 30, 2012
Paul Ryan and a Triple Coating of GOP Ideological Mush
By the time Paul Ryan finished speaking on Wednesday night, Mitt Romney’s place in the new Republican order had become clear: Win or lose, he’s the placeholder for Paul Ryan until Ryan himself can run for president.
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Wednesday, July 25, 2012
What Happens If GOP’s Voter Suppression Works?
Suppose Mitt Romney ekes out a victory in November by a margin smaller than the number of young and minority voters who couldn’t cast ballots because the photo-identification laws enacted by Republican governors and legislators kept them from the polls. What should Democrats do then? What would Republicans do? And how would other nations respond?
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Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Class War at the Supreme Court
On the eve of the Supreme Court’s much anticipated ruling on Obamacare, here is a simple test for detecting the politics behind a decision: When reading the rulings, look for the double standards and answers to questions not posed by the cases themselves.
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Saturday, July 16, 2011
No Class Warfare Here!
Whenever liberals note that the rich are getting richer while everyone else is either treading water or sinking, or that profits are up while wages are down, or, worse yet, that profits are up because wages are down, those liberals are invariably accused by conservatives of fomenting class warfare.
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