Bob Burnett suggests closing 10 tax loopholes to reduce debt.
Bernie Sanders says the real Washington battle is for the <soul of America.> This speech summarizes our economic situation brilliantly. It needs wide circulation. <Despite the reality that the rich are becoming much richer while the middle class collapses and the number of Americans living in poverty is at an all-time high, the Republicans and their billionaire backers want more, more, and more. The class warfare continues.>
Eduardo Porter reviews an important study comparing the costs and benefits of public and private corporations.
Zapatistas give a lesson in protest with dignity.
Robert Reich says job creation a more important goal than deficit reduction.
Mark Karlin interviews Richard Wolff on his new book describing a better capitalism than our present form.
Nonviolence works better. New study of 323 movements between 1900 and 2006 show the overwhelming superiority of nonviolence.
Watch or read the farewell speech of Dennis Kucinich.
Annette Bernhardt & Dorian Warren remind us of five existing ways to fix inequality.
Susie Madrak reviews entrepreneurship among top 1 percent and finds it to be 3.6 percent.
Watch Radhika Balakrishnan with Laura Flanders argue against austerity programs.
Gar Alperovitz. Another chapter from his Beyond Capitalism.
Steven Rosenfeld on ways to correct our failing democracy.
Watch Bernie Sanders on the latest plan to cut taxes for the wealthy.
Dean Baker argues that “ the massive upward redistribution of income” was not caused by technology http://www.opednews.com/articles/Technology-doesn-t-cause-i-by-Dean- Baker-120717-952.html
Excerpt from Chris Hayes’ new book on the problems of extreme inequality that produces : “its own particular kind of elite pathology: it makes elites less accountable, more prone to corruption and self-dealing, more status- obsessed and less empathic, more blinkered and removed from informational feedback crucial to effective decision making…..As American society grows more elitist, it produces a lesser caliber of elites.” http://truth-out.org/progressivepicks/item/9813-one-percent-pathologies
Income inequality and union membership vary inversely. No surprise? Or just a case of post hoc ergo propter hoc? I see it as one of those striking cases where empirical data makes the correct historical explanations more certain. A chart for every phone booth. http://truth-out.org/news/item/10246-inequality-rises-as-union-numbers- decline
Paul Buchheit compares figures on corporate and personal taxes, and the role of government subsidies in the former. http://www.nationofchange.org/some-outrageous-facts-about-inequality-1341235395
Ten academics weighin on issues of higher education and inequality. Special forum in Chronicle of Higher education http://chronicle.com/article/Has-Higher-Education-Become-an/132619/? cid=cr&utm_source=cr&utm_medium=en
Timothy Snyder reminds us of the powerful ideologues Ayn Rand and Friedrich Hayek — and their revival in the current GOP.
Why, how can art move people so profoundly? Francine Prose looks around and looks within, while contemplating MoMA’s Marina Abramovic retrospective.
Two columnists take opposite shots at the economy. David Brooks thinks the European examples will (correctly) swing voters toward Republicans, while Paul Krugman criticizes Obama for being too imitative of Europeans.
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/1s/opinion/krugman-we-dont need – no-education.html ?ref=opinion
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Nation editors Katrina vanden Heuvel & Chris Hayes discuss his new book (16min)
Peter Beinart on the GOP uses of “class warfare”
Paul Ryan also brings Ayn Rand with him to the campaign. Read Jane Mayer’s post with its useful links to more on her.
Read this article by John Kozy and you will want to hear more from him. “Krugman and most other Americans are fond of blaming social problems on the personal failings of individuals rather than on the systemic failings of institutions….The Romans had an expression—cui prodest?—meaning ‘who stands to gain?’ Who advocates a specific view isn’t important; what is important is who stands to gain from it. Only then can who the view favors be known. But in today’s world, cui prodest? is too general a question. It is too easy to conjure up arguments that purport to show that many or even all gain. That everyone gains from tax cuts for the rich can be argued ad infinitum. But who stands to gain the most financially can’t.” Kozy reminds us not to settle for quick or popular answers but to look to the roots of problems. Does this make us radicals???
Paul Krugman defends macroeconomics, “the economics, which has, once again, been spectacularly successful.”
Two columnists take opposite shots at the economy. David Brooks thinks the European examples will (correctly) swing voters toward Republicans, while Paul Krugman criticizes Obama for being too imitative of Europeans.http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/1s/opinion/krugman-we-dont need – no-education.html ?ref=opinion
http://www.nytimes.com/aora/ 06 /15/ opinion/brooks-what republicans-think.html?ref=opinion
George Lakoff on the framing of the campaign issue