Tag: economics

Robert Reich: On Labor Day 2028

September 2015

With Labor Day around the corner, it's time to start fighting for the rights of workers–starting with raising the minimum wage.

Peter Barnes: A New Economics for a New Era of History

May 2015

In a talk given at the Schumacher Center for New Economics, Peter Barnes walks us through the changes that need to happen and the flaws in our current system that are preventing it.

Pepe Escobar: Year of the Sheep, Century of the Dragon?

February 2015

China is building new silk roads.

The Chicken Competition

October 2014

American Empires: How poultry companies concentrate wealth and pit farmers against each other in a secretive tournament pay system.

Investors Haul In Nearly Half the Tobacco Settlement Cash

September 2014

An updated tally by shows that tobacco bondholders are due billions in this payouts to governments from Big Tobacco.

Robert Reich: Berkeley vs. Big Soda

September 2014

The new Free Speech Movement is Berkeley's battle with Big Soda.

Robert Reich: The Rebirth of Stockholder Capitalism?

August 2014

How shareholder capitalism has replaced stakeholder capitalism.

Joshua Akers and John Patrick Leary: Detroit on $1 Million a Day

July 2014

A response to Ben Austen's "Detroit Through Rose-Colored Glasses."

Jay Walljasper: Good News for Communities Scared of Economic Decline

June 2014

The anchor strategy builds on existing assets to boost jobs, businesses & quality-of-life.

Peter Van Buren: An Apartheid of Dollars

April 2014

Life in the new American minimum-wage economy.

Aaron Labaree: Capitalizing on Climate Change

April 2014

On McKenzie Funk’s Windfall, The Booming Business of Global Warming.

Robert Reich: The Distributional Games

April 2014

America is playing the social scientist's distributional games.

Robert Reich: The Great U-Turn

March 2014

Reversing America's great U-turn.

Robert Reich: The Real Job Killers

March 2014

Why Republicans are wrong on the minimum wage.

Robert Reich: Inequality, Productivity, and WhatsApp

February 2014

What it means for Facebook to acquire a 55-person company for $19 billion.

Robert Reich: Why The Three Biggest Economic Lessons Were Forgotten

February 2014

The extraordinary u-turn in the course of the American economy.

David Morris: Republican Principles Depend on What’s Best for the Rich

January 2014

A stark look at class warfare in Congress.

Robert Reich: Why Workers in Red States Vote Against Their Economic Self Interest

January 2014

The electoral effects of economic desperation.

Robert Reich: Why The Republican’s Old Divide-and-Conquer Strategy Is Backfiring

January 2014

What happens when the poor and working class are on the same losing side.

Robert Reich: The Year of the Great Redistribution

January 2014

How wage reductions made 2013 the year of redistribution (upward of course).

Marian Wang: How College Pricing is Like Holiday Retail Sales

January 2014

Retail discounting arrives to higher education, with negative consequences.

Robert Reich: When Charity Begins at Home

December 2013

The problem with charitable donations.

Robert Reich: One Answer to Low-Wage Work: Redistributing the Gains

December 2013

We can finance much of this redistribution to the working poor by ending unnecessary redistributions to the wealthy.

Robert Reich: The Truth About Immigration Reform and the Economy

July 2013

Contrary to what critics say, immigration reform will reap economic benefits for all Americans.

Robert Reich: Lessons from the World of Tax Avoidance

May 2013

How nations can negotiate with global capital.

Mattea Kramer & Jo Comerford: How America Became a Third World Country

May 2013

Ten years from now, looking back on the sequestration.

Robert Reich: A Story for May Day

May 2013

The Fed, Apple, and Trickle-Down Economics.

Jonathan Rowe: The Real Tragedy

May 2013

Ecological ruin stems from what happens to—not what is caused by—the commons.

Robert Reich: Public Debt and Economic Growth

April 2013

Government should fuel growth by spending more—at least in the short run.

Robert Reich: Why This is the Worst Recovery on Record

April 2013

Wages keep dropping and government debt keeps growing. Simply arguing "more" won’t cut it.

Robert Reich: The Stealth Sequester

April 2013

Americans are starting to feel the pain. They just don’t know it yet.

Jonathan Rowe: Our Hidden Wealth

March 2013

How the commons makes everything else work.

Rich Nymoen & Jeff Smith: Reviving the Idea That Urban Land is Common Wealth

March 2013

In the early 20th century, progressives saw urban land as common property.

Peter Barnes: A Brief History of How We Lost the Commons

March 2013

And what we must do to get it back.

Robert Reich: Why There’s a Bull Market for Stocks And Bear Market for Workers

March 2013

Investment in technology, unemployment, globalization, and the “Fed’s easy-money policies” all contribute to widening inequality.

Robert Reich: The Biggest Republican Lie

February 2013

Fixing unemployment, not reducing the deficit, should be first on our agenda.

Robert Reich: Why We Need an Investment Budget

February 2013

A budget that makes needed public investments is crucial to prosperous future.

Robert Reich: Understanding the Fiscal Cliff

December 2012

Democrats, here are eight principles to guide you in the coming showdown over the fiscal cliff.

Robert Reich: Organizing McDonalds and Walmart, and Why Austerity Economics Hurts Low-Wage Workers the Most

December 2012

Low-income workers will face even harder times if deficit hawks have their way.

Robert Reich: Why is the White House’s Council of Economic Advisers Helping the Republicans?

November 2012

Panic over a looming fiscal crisis plays directly into the Republicans' hands.

Robert Reich: The President’s Opening Bid on a Grand Bargain (III)

November 2012

The difference between "broadening the tax base" and raising taxes on the rich.

Robert Reich: The President’s Opening Bid on a Grand Bargain

November 2012

The administration should aim high when it begins its negotiations on deficit reduction.

Robert Reich: The Next Game of Economic Chicken

November 2012

The election hasn't put an end to the wrangling over taxes and spending in Washington.

Rebecca Solnit: Our Words Are Our Weapons

October 2012

Our political language is in desperate need of a change.

TaxCast: No Tax Havens in Helsinki, Starbucks Joins the Roll of Dishonor, and Following the Money

October 2012

Helsinki declares itself a tax haven-free zone, Starbucks joins the tax avoidance Roll of Dishonor, and we follow the money: asset recovery, dictators, and the selling of secrecy.

Jay Walljasper: What is Mitt Romney Planning for America?

October 2012

Where does the rage in the Republican Party come from?

Robert Reich: How January’s Fiscal Cliff Turns Into a Gentle Hill by February

October 2012

The so-called fiscal cliff might not turn out as dramatic as we imagine.

Jay Walljasper: The Surprise Behind Detroit’s Emerging Comeback

October 2012

Young people are making a difference in the cities they call home.

Richard Falk: Apollo’s Curse and Climate Change

October 2012

The scientific community is largely united on the dangers of climate change, so why is no one listening?

Alex Marshall: Hidden Issues in This Year’s Campaign

September 2012

Can the free market exist without the government's imposition?

Rebecca Solnit: Occupy Your Victories

September 2012

It's the first anniversary of the Occupy movement, and there is much to look forward to.

Robert Reich: Moody’s in a Mood

September 2012

After warning the U.S. about the deficit, rating agencies are now concerned that "fiscal cliff" cuts will be too steep.

Robert Reich: The Biggest Economic Challenge of Obama’s Second Term

September 2012

The debate on the campaign trail has focused on Obama's past economic policies, but the real question is what will be done after January.

David Morris: Corporate Crime Does Pay

September 2012

With penalties laughably low, what should we expect but continued criminal activity on the part of corporations?

Robert Reich: It’s Inequality, Stupid

August 2012

Income inequality is one of the most pressing issues facing the country, but you wouldn't know it from watching the RNC in Tampa.

Claire Potter: After Britain’s Gold Rush

August 2012

London won its Olympic bid based on a promise to reinvigorate the nation’s interest in sport—now, after the Games, Parliament has to deliver the funds

TaxCast: Capital Flight in Africa and Europe, Usain Bolt’s Taxes, and Kate Pickett and Richard Wilkinson on Inequality

August 2012

Capital flight in Africa and now in Europe, Olympian Usain Bolt fails to champion his tax affairs, and Kate Pickett and Richard Wilkinson on tax and inequality.

Aaron Labaree: Postcard from Tar-Sands Country

August 2012

The rush to mine Canada’s bitumen deposits has created modern-day boomtowns. This summer one of them lost its oldest bar.

Robert Reich: A Bold Proposal

August 2012

Robert Reich returns from vacation strongly in favor of vacations.

David Morris: Latest Proposal to Kill Post Office Ignores Real Causes of Its Financial Crisis

August 2012

Peter Orszag, Obama's former OMB director, stands to benefit from the privatization of U.S. Postal Service.

David Morris: The U.S. Healthcare Debate – From the Sublime to the Ridiculous

August 2012

The American debate over healthcare seems absurd most everywhere else.

Robert Reich: The Terrible Economy and the Anti-Election of 2012

July 2012

Facing the worst economy in at least a generation, both presidential candidates are hamstrung by the machines that would elect them

Robert Reich: The Man Who Invented “Too Big to Fail” Recants

July 2012

Sanford Weill brought about banks that were too big to fail, but now he's changed his tune.

Robert Reich: The Problem isn’t Outsourcing

July 2012

Outsourcing isn't our problem, it's that the needs of American businesses are disconnected from the needs of Americans.

Robert Reich: What’s the True Meaning of Patriotism?

June 2012

Does loyalty to Grover Norquist count as patriotism?

Richard Falk: Political Europe Can Save Economic Europe

June 2012

Europe's economic woes seem endless, but there is a way forward.

Robert Reich: The Big-Lie Coup d’Etat

June 2012

There is a massive campaign to discredit President Obama in advance of the 2012 election, and thanks to the Citizens United decision, there is no way of telling who's behind it.

Robert Reich: Why Obama Should Be Attacking Casino Capitalism

May 2012

Are the recent controversies surrounding JPMorgan Chase and Bain Capital isolated incidents, or symptomatic of a single, larger problem?

Robert Reich: How Odd that Mitt’s Smitten With Clinton

May 2012

Mitt Romney has spoken highly of the Clinton administration. Is it pandering, or could he really mean it?

What Money Can’t Buy

May 2012

Michael Sandel on a society where everything could be up for sale.

Robert Reich: Whose Recovery?

April 2012

The numbers make it look like our economy is getting better, but the recovery is lopsided, and most Americans are rapidly losing ground.

On the Fly: Robert Reich

April 2011 The former Secretary of Labor on the Great Recession, class warfare, and why President Obama must challenge right-wing distortions with a counter-narrative.

Economics for the Rest of Us

May 2010 Columbia professor Moshe Adler on why Main Street needs to take economics back from Wall Street.

Generation, Gap

March 2010 The financial watchdog on the trouble the American middle class is in, who’s responsible for it, and what needs to be done to get out of it.