Opinion

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A do-it-yourself kit on plutocracy and the deficit

How can you tell whether you live in a plutocracy? Easy. Just conduct this simple test.

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Can anybody beat Rahm?

CHICAGO - Can anyone beat Rahm? That's the question on the minds of many Chicagoans as the Nov. 22 candidate petition-filing deadline for mayor of the nation's third largest city fast approaches.

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Love, revolution, Lula: films from Latin America

Two new films from Latin America dramatize the progressive histories of Cuba and Brazil: one an allegory, the other a biopic of a charismatic leader.

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Austerity is wrong medicine for bleeding economy

What is delaying an economic recovery is not too much spending and a growing deficit, but not enough federal spending.

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The deficit trap

The deficit commission report is a poisonous prescription, likely to kill the patient while attempting to cure the symptom - budget deficit.

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Election thoughts from the guy who delivers your mail

Wow - Election 2010 is over. I am still tryin' to put the whole thing in perspective.

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Organized jobless: a powerful force

At few times in our nation's history has the cry for jobs - and the need to organize those doing the crying - been more apparent and more possible.

“Neutrality” is bogus

MSNBC’s suspension of Keith Olbermann for contributing to the re-election campaign of Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz., and two other Democrats has been the occasion for much discussion about the issue of journalistic standards.

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Do right by veterans

Veterans face challenges of joblessness, homelessness, and visible and "invisible" injuries - a real tribute means doing right, not right-wing, by them.

Time to end stop-and-frisk policing

Crime rates have dropped, but the unconstitutional, and therefore criminal, harassment of black and brown youth is on the increase. This racial profiling is anti-worker. It must be stopped.

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