Roger Bybee

Roger Bybee is a Milwaukee-based freelance writer and progressive publicity consultant whose work has appeared in numerous national publications and websites, including Z magazine, Common Dreams, Dollars & Sense, Yes!, The Progressive, Multinational Monitor, The American Prospect and Foreign Policy in Focus.

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Wages have risen only 12.4 percent since 1977, despite a sharp 77 percent escalation in productivity. (Photo: Craig Ruttle/AP) Views
Thursday, July 11, 2019
Donald Trump’s Not-So-Great Economy
Donald Trump and his fans are fond of loudly trumpeting that 70 percent of Americans give the economy a positive rating. Even Trump’s “enemies of the people,” the mainstream media, routinely celebrate the economy, describing it, for example , as “on fire,” and a “tremendous achievement, namely an...
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The village of Mt. Pleasant, Wisconsin, is using eminent domain to make way for Taiwanese manufacturer Foxconn. (Photo: Alinghi3/flickr/cc) Views
Wednesday, January 16, 2019
Masters of Our Domain: Foxconn and State Minions Seize Land
A government’s right of eminent domain is typically used to condemn and buy up property that stands in the way of projects purportedly serving direct public needs, such as roads or large-scale public transit. But in Wisconsin, the rationale has been harnessed at the expense of the public good. The...
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Tuesday, December 25, 2018
An Undemocratic GOP Enshrines Zombie Laws via Midwest Coups
The anti-democratic nature of the present-day Republican Party has been fully exposed in the Midwestern states of Wisconsin and Michigan. In both of these states, where the GOP has ruled all branches of government since 2011, lame-duck Republican governors and lawmakers are fighting to overturn the...
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"Chief Justice Roberts’s complaint rings eerily of the same “alternative facts” and “fake news” ploys used by the Trump Administration to denounce inconvenient truths, create a fog over clear-cut issues, and thus disorient the public." (Photo: George Hodan) Views
Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Democracy is at Stake in Supreme Court Cases on Partisan Redistricting
The U.S. Supreme Court has just announced that it will hear a partisan gerrymandering case from Maryland, and its forthcoming decision on the case, combined with the Gill vs. Whitford Wisconsin case heard last fall, could set a new standard for all states. Last week, the court also temporarily...
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Wednesday, June 28, 2017
In Kenosha Kickoff, Ironworker Randy Bryce Hammers On Paul Ryan’s Weakness
Andy Bryce, an ironworker and avid Bernie Sanders surrogate during the 2016 primary, made a direct appeal to working people in Representative Paul Ryan’s district as he officially launched his campaign, challenging the Speaker of the House. “Ryan’s someone who negotiates taking away our health care...
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Tuesday, March 21, 2017
The Republican’s Healthcare Plan Puts “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death” in a Whole New Light
After seven long years, the Republican alternative to the Affordable Care Act has finally come lurching across America’s political stage, devised by House Speaker Paul Ryan, Republican of Wisconsin, and backed by an uncomprehending President Trump, who promises something “far less expensive and far...
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Friday, September 30, 2016
Don’t Believe What You Read: People Really Do Care about Free Trade
President Barack Obama is apparently dead set on a last-minute passage of the twelve-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership t h a t would e n h a n c e t h e p o w e r o f gigantic g l o b a l c o r p o r a t i o n s. His strategy appears to be to push it through during the lame duck session after the...
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Friday, August 12, 2016
Paul Ryan: ‘Eunuch’ or ‘Powerhouse’?
House Speaker Paul Ryan is a servile political “eunuch” twisting himself to meet the capricious whims of Republican nominee Donald Trump, smirked Late Night host Stephen Colbert. Yet Ryan is “the most powerful Republican politician in America,” according to the astute MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell...
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Sunday, July 24, 2016
Clinton's VP Pick Fails to Inspire Progressives
For a candidate who must persuade American voters that she is fully committed to fully addressing the precarious economic position of tens of millions of Americans, Hillary Clinton’s “safe” choice of the pro-corporate centrist Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine may prove to be anything but sound judgment to...
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Monday, June 13, 2016
Sanders' Success: Democratic Socialism Goes Mainstream
Hillary Clinton’s capture of the Democratic presidential nomination—an historic milestone for women—should not obscure the significant long-term opportunities created by democratic socialist Bernie Sanders’s sustained and scorching attack on a “rigged” economy and an increasingly undemocratic...
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