Harold Meyerson

Harold Meyerson

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

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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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Wednesday, January 06, 2010
Without a Movement, Progressives Cannot Aid Obama Presidency
Every Democratic president since Lyndon Johnson -- Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama -- has raised the hope that he would bring with him a new era of progressive reform.
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Thursday, November 12, 2009
The Do-Nothing Senate
The House has delivered. It has done what in American politics today is all but impossible: It has passed a major bill. Now health care goes to the Senate. The world's greatest deliberative body. The other side of Capitol Hill. Dithering Heights. A catastrophic change has overtaken the Senate in recent years. Initially conceived as the body that would cool the passions of the House and consider legislation with a more Olympian perspective, the Senate has become a body that shuns debate, avoids legislative give-and-take, proceeds glacially and produces next to nothing.
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Wednesday, June 03, 2009
The GM 'Precedent'
"Any idiot can nationalize a company," the great American socialist Michael Harrington used to say, disparagingly. For socialists of Harrington's generation and thereafter -- the socialists and social democrats who have governed most of Western Europe off and on for the past 30 years -- nationalizing companies hasn't really been part of their playbook. To be sure, they long since nationalized a range of services -- most prominently, health insurance -- that remain in private hands in the United States.
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Friday, April 10, 2009
Which Union Do I Belong to Now?
The life of American unions these days seems modeled after that of the amoeba: Splitting and recombining are the order of the day. The unions of the AFL-CIO and unions that split away from it in 2005 to form the rival Change To Win (CTW) federation are currently engaged in talks to see if they can come together yet again. The three million member National Education Association, which has never belonged to a labor federation, is also involved in the discussions.
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Wednesday, March 18, 2009
The Nationalization Option
You might think that having anted up $173 billion of our own money, we taxpayers would have some leverage at AIG, now that we own 80 percent of the shares.
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Wednesday, March 04, 2009
Where Are the Workers?
One sparkling day about 10 years ago, I drove from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara to deliver a talk at a nationwide staff retreat of the Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees International Union (HERE). I can't recall exactly what I talked about, but I remember distinctly whom I was talking to. The HERE staffers -- there were about 70 of them -- were all corporate researchers, most of them from HERE's locals.
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Friday, February 13, 2009
The Ghost of Democratic Agenda
After surviving one of the worst presidencies in American history, liberals -- both emboldened and frustrated by the new Democratic president -- came to Washington for a conference where they laid out their visions and formulated strategies to push the new president in a more liberal direction.
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