NPR’s Planet Money: The Economy Obfuscated (Politics of Equality Labor Day Edition)

While the rest of the world celebrates International Workers’ Day on May 1st, the United States has its own special Labor Day holiday, created in the late 1800s to distance American workers from the growing socialist movement. In honor, then, of today’s fake labor

NPR’s Planet Money: The Economy Obfuscated (Politics of Equality Labor Day Edition)

While the rest of the world celebrates International Workers’ Day on May 1st, the United States has its own special Labor Day holiday, created in the late 1800s to distance American workers from the growing socialist movement. In honor, then, of today’s fake labor

Get a Job?!?

The American demonization of public income assistance is both legendary and scientifically demonstrable. Survey research by political scientists has repeatedly shown that strong majorities of Americans favor “aid to the poor” while equally strong majorities disapprove of “welfare.” Powerful ideological encoding teaches

Get a Job?!?

The American demonization of public income assistance is both legendary and scientifically demonstrable. Survey research by political scientists has repeatedly shown that strong majorities of Americans favor “aid to the poor” while equally strong majorities disapprove of “welfare.” Powerful ideological encoding teaches

This Is What Socialism Looks Like

I have long argued that socialism should not be understood as a “system” operating in some particular country, at some particular point in its history, but as a set of set of values – some of which are expressed in

This Is What Socialism Looks Like

I have long argued that socialism should not be understood as a “system” operating in some particular country, at some particular point in its history, but as a set of set of values – some of which are expressed in

Martin Luther King, Jr. on Economic Inequality

It is worth remembering on this holiday that in 1968, just before his assassination, Martin Luther King, Jr. was leading the Poor People’s Campaign – a non-racial movement aimed at addressing economic inequality. Here is MLK in 1967: I want

Martin Luther King, Jr. on Economic Inequality

It is worth remembering on this holiday that in 1968, just before his assassination, Martin Luther King, Jr. was leading the Poor People’s Campaign – a non-racial movement aimed at addressing economic inequality. Here is MLK in 1967: I want

How the Democratic Party Could Dominate American Politics

It’s not news to political scientists that in the United States today there is a strong correlation between wealth and political engagement. As this new survey from the Pew Research Center confirms, the more economically secure Americans are, the more

How the Democratic Party Could Dominate American Politics

It’s not news to political scientists that in the United States today there is a strong correlation between wealth and political engagement. As this new survey from the Pew Research Center confirms, the more economically secure Americans are, the more

Is the Pope a Communist? Or Are Communists Really Christians?

Under the leadership of John Paul II, the Catholic Church was once a bastion of anti-communist reaction. But is there a more prominent critic of capitalism today than Pope Francis? “How can it be that it is not a news

Is the Pope a Communist? Or Are Communists Really Christians?

Under the leadership of John Paul II, the Catholic Church was once a bastion of anti-communist reaction. But is there a more prominent critic of capitalism today than Pope Francis? “How can it be that it is not a news

What’s Wrong with the Sharing Economy?

It is a supreme irony of our time that at the same moment the disciples of Ayn Rand (author of The Virtue of Selfishness, among other libertarian sacred texts) wield greater economic, political, and cultural influence than ever before, many

What’s Wrong with the Sharing Economy?

It is a supreme irony of our time that at the same moment the disciples of Ayn Rand (author of The Virtue of Selfishness, among other libertarian sacred texts) wield greater economic, political, and cultural influence than ever before, many