It’s a no-brainer: jobs not austerity

The Great Recession of 2008 is looking more like the Great Depression of the 1930s. The economic crisis of U.S. (and world) capitalism is entering its fourth year.


European workers have nothing but chains to lose

Shying away from political union now means the collapse of the Euro, the common market and the growth and economies of scale it promises.


President Obama's jobs plan in context

Obama's American Jobs Act is better than we expected, and although it does not do enough, it should be supported while pushing for more and better proposals.

President Obama's Jobs Plan - an economic analysis

The president introduced his job plan in a speech to Congress Sept. 8, and introduced the American Jobs Act a few days later.


Six crucial tasks for the left and progressive community

What will it take to save the core components of our social compact? The same thing that it took to win them. Here are six essential ingredients.

Time to act for jobs is now, no excuses

Obama's forceful speech and proposal for jobs before a joint session of Congress may well have been a turning point moment in his administration.

Payroll tax, jobs and Social Security

One part of the jobs program that President Obama will be presenting this week is an extension of the payroll tax reduction. Some activists and economists are opposing an extension, claiming that it will undermine Social Security. What should be done?

Creationists, flat earthers and deficit hawks

It's worth asking how the proponents of deficit-reduction - be they congressional Republicans or "deficit hawks" within the Obama administration - think that lower deficits will lead to increased growth and job creation in an economy mired in a severe slump.


A tip for Joe the machinist: Watch your back

A Labor Day reflection: Corporate America no longer even pays lip service to the importance of encouraging hard work and skill.


Millions make change

The initiatives and actions of the American people were an essential ingredient in the progressive-democratic thrust in the 1930s and 1960s. The same is true today.

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