Eric Hobsbawm, great Marxist historian who kept his cool

I was saddened to hear of the death of Eric Hobsbawm, one of the great Marxist historians writing in the English language of my lifetime.

A plutocrat epiphany: All votes needn’t count

America's billionaires have realized they really don't have to bother convincing a majority of people to vote their way.


Romney’s wrong on deficits

According to Mitt Romney, the top economic priority is to put our fiscal house in order.


Republicans lie about "Support our troops"

For a decade, Republicans have been screaming at Americans to "support our troops." But their actions sing a different tune.


Victory of the football refs tells a tale of two lessons

The victory of the referees the greed of the team owners means much more than just a football season getting back on track. There are two big lessons to be learned.


NFL settlement a victory for unions, solidarity

This labor battle has touched off a national debate about the treatment of workers and their unions.


The mailman wonders: Whose history are we taught?

It's funny what you don't learn in school. Funny is the wrong word. Actually it's quite sad.


U.S. gun culture diagnosed as a social disease

In the wake of the two mass shootings this summer, some American physicians consider this country's gun violence a social disease.


Fantasy questions and belly laughs: Election 2012

Here are some fantasy questions I'd love to see Mitt Romney asked by a debate moderator.


Chicago teachers educate a nation

It was nine days that shook Chicago, the 2012 teachers' strike changed the nation.

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