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French Group Calls for Spain-Style Street Protests
PARIS - A French group has called for a large demonstration in Paris this weekend to show solidarity with tens of thousands of youth protesters demonstrating against austerity programs in Spain. Eyes will be on France this week when President Nicolas Sarkozy hosts world leaders in the seaside town...
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America’s Healthcare Crisis is Getting Worse
Gas at $4 per gallon (or higher) has left working families very cautious about using their cars during a time of falling wages, food-price increases and widespread economic insecurity.
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Republicans Threaten to Defund the National Labor Relations Board
Sen. Lindsey Graham plans absurd defunding of agency's recent Boeing decision
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The New Economy: Design for Life
Can we design a self-correcting society?
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Shock Doctrine, U.S.A.
Here’s a thought: maybe Madison, Wis., isn’t Cairo after all. Maybe it’s Baghdad — specifically, Baghdad in 2003, when the Bush administration put Iraq under the rule of officials chosen for loyalty and political reliability rather than experience and competence. As many readers may recall, the...
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Inequality Drives Egyptians to Streets, But Ours Worse
It's amazing what inequality can drive people to, eventually. Just look at Egypt. “These big guys are stealing all the money,” one 24-year-old textile worker standing at his second job as a fruit peddler told a reporter this weekend. "People are desperate.” "I wish we could be like the United...
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Rocky Times Ahead: Are You Ready?
This isn't a future you can, or should, face alone. How to make sure you don't have to.
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President Lyndon B. Johnson and his wife, Lady Bird, leave the home of Tom Fletcher, a father of eight who had been out of work for nearly two years. The president announced his War on Poverty from the Fletcher porch in 1964. Views
Decent Poverty Report: Poverty and Misery
In 1964, Lyndon Johnson launched his War on Poverty, a phrase attributed specifically to the 1964 Economic Opportunity Act and more broadly to his administration's efforts to expand the social safety net and improve education, housing, job training, and health care. The writer and social gadfly...
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A Primer on the The Student Loan Debt Bubble
It was announced last summer that total student loan debt, at $830 billion, now exceeds total US credit card debt, itself bloated to the bubble level of $827 billion. And student loan debt is growing at the rate of $90 billion a year. There are far fewer students than there are credit card holders...
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The Missing Vision for a New Economy
This is the first of a series of blogs based on excerpts adapted from the 2nd edition of Agenda for a New Economy: From Phantom Wealth to Real Wealth . I wrote Agenda to spur a national conversation on economic policy issues and options that are otherwise largely ignored. This blog series is...
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