Matthew Rothschild

Matthew Rothschild

Matthew Rothschild was the senior editor of The Progressive magazine from 1994 to 2014.

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Saturday, July 28, 2012
How the New York Times Tries to Cover Its Ass on Glass-Steagall
So Sandy Weill, former head of Citigroup, woke up one morning this week to the epiphany that the banks are too big to fail and should be chopped up. Well, that’s not exactly cause for bestowing an honor on the guy. After all, he was the chief architect of too big to fail. He was the prime mover behind destroying Glass-Steagall, the New Deal law that built a wall between commercial banking and investment banking.
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Friday, June 08, 2012
Accountability in Defeat: On a Whupping in Wisconsin
Spare me the spin. This was a whupping. After sixteen months of the most historic and exciting citizens’ uprising that I’ve ever been a part of in my thirty-five years of progressive activism and journalism, we’re left with this disaster. Scott Walker is governor for another two and a half years. He claims vindication for his rightist onslaught.
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Tuesday, June 05, 2012
David Brooks Hacks Away at Wisconsin
He’s never been my favorite columnist. A poor man’s sociologist, he’s made a handsome living making vapid generalizations about the way we conduct our lives. He doesn’t know jack about economics. And he traffics on appearing to be the most reasonable Republican in the country. But at bottom, he’s a hack.
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Friday, June 01, 2012
The Platform of the Greek Left
This translation of the official program of the ascendant Greek left party, Syriza, just came in, and I wanted to share it far and wide. Note how progressive and truly radical it is. 1. Audit of the public debt and renegotiation of interest due and suspension of payments until the economy has revived and growth and employment return.
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Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Jamie Dimon’s Lack of Accountability
So Jamie Dimon has pushed Ina Drew, his chief investment officer, to walk the plank. Dimon called her bad bet that cost the bank more than $2 billion “stupid.” But he himself, just a month ago, called the problem “a tempest in a teapot.”
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Sunday, April 15, 2012
Stop Obama’s Drone War in Pakistan
The Pakistani government and its opposition parties have just come together in a rare show of unity to demand that the United States cease all drone attacks inside their country. As well they should. The United States hasn’t declared war on Pakistan. The U.S. has no right to rain bombs down from the sky on this country that it’s not at war with.
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Monday, April 09, 2012
In Defense of Günter Grass
The controversy over Günter Grass’s poem about Israel and Iran only confirms what Grass was saying: That it’s impossible to criticize Israel without being lambasted.
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Wednesday, March 28, 2012
By Ditching the Public Option, Obama Gave His Enemies a Path to the Supreme Court
The sad thing about the rightwing Supreme Court challenge to President Obama’s health care policy is that it was totally avoidable. It would have been impossible if Obama had offered a robust public option, like “Medicare for All Who Want It.”
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Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Don’t Lower the Corporate Tax Rate
Republicans love to talk about how high the U.S. corporate tax rate is, and how bad that is. But when you examine their arguments, their case falls apart. They predicate it on the fact that the current tax rate is 35 percent. But because of creative accounting and loophole sneaking, the actual rate that corporations paid last year was just 12.1 percent.
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Wednesday, January 25, 2012
In Obama’s State of the Union, Troublesome Passages for Progressives
Excuse me for not yelling myself hoarse for Obama’s warmed over State of the Union address. While I agree with his call for economic fairness, there was not much in his speech that was new or all that promising. And there were several troublesome passages for progressives.
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