Senator Charles Schumer is one of the more successful saboteurs of progressive policy in the Democratic Party. His tactic is tried and true – pretend to agree with a progressive reform, get on the inside of the group of supporters, undermine and destroy it, then walk to a battery of cameras to lament the failure and collect contributions from the industries who benefited from the death of the bill.
|By: DSWright Monday December 23, 2013 11:45 am|
|By: Tom Engelhardt Thursday December 12, 2013 7:15 pm|
If you’ve heard the phrase “class war” in twenty-first-century America, the odds are that it’s been a curse spat from the mouths of Republican warriors castigating Democrats for engaging in high crimes and misdemeanors like trying to tax the rich. Back in 2011, for example, President Obama’s modest proposal of a “millionaire tax” was typically labeled “class warfare” and he was accused by Congressman Paul Ryan, among others, of heading down the “class warfare path.” Similarly, in 2012, Mitt Romney and other Republican presidential hopefuls blasted the president for encouraging “class warfare” by attacking entrepreneurial success. In the face of such charges, Democrats invariably go on the defensive.
|By: Sara Haile-Mariam Friday October 25, 2013 2:00 pm|
In an epic 10 minute interview on BBC’s Newsnight – Russell Brand calmly and meticulously addresses everything from income inequality to corruption to corporate interests to revolution while explaining how his opinions render it impossible for him to cast a ballot in good conscious.
|By: RH Reality Check Wednesday September 18, 2013 5:45 am|
The United States Supreme Court term begins in October, and while the entire docket has not yet been set, already it’s shaping up to be a historic term, with decisions on abortion protests, legislative prayer, and affirmative action, just to name a few. Here are the key cases to keep an eye on as the term starts up.
|By: DSWright Wednesday March 6, 2013 8:10 am|
You may have noticed an interesting frame the plutocrats and their spokespeople are using in the debate over reducing social security and medicare benefits – pitting the young against the old. The campaign is relentless, smearing the elderly as parasitic and stealing from the young.
|By: David Dayen Friday December 14, 2012 7:16 am|
A couple months ago, under pressure from Republicans, the Congressional Research Service, basically the think tank of Congress, took down a study on tax rates for the rich and the economy that rebutted a key GOP argument, that tax cuts at the top spurred economic growth. It didn’t matter that the Congressional Budget Office found almost the same thing, Republicans didn’t want in print a study showing no relationship between tax cuts for the rich and growth. That would ruin their whole program.
Yesterday, the CRS republished the work, and while a bit of the language has changed – Republicans reportedly objected to the phrase “tax cuts for the rich” – the conclusion is exactly the same.
|By: Anti-Capitalist Meetup Sunday December 2, 2012 5:00 pm|
The ongoing grassroots labor activism at Walmart in the U.S. reminds us that while the election is over the class struggle is not, and that class politics moves now from the voting booth to the workplace and the streets. For any Progressive whose political imagination extends beyond the narrow ideological confines of today’s two-party discourse, that is good news indeed. For those of us who consider ourselves socialists or radicals, it is essential, because those confines have rendered electoral politics basically irrelevant to advancing working class interests, as opposed merely to defending them.
|By: David Dayen Tuesday October 30, 2012 9:50 am|
As we wake up to the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, it appears clear that the most lasting damage is to the New York City transit system. The MTA describes it as the biggest disaster in the 108-year history of the system. Seven subway tunnels are flooded, and system power has been either turned off or is simply malfunctioning.
|By: David Dayen Wednesday October 17, 2012 1:20 pm|
Poor people don’t vote. At least, they don’t vote in proportion with their share of the population. And they certainly don’t “vote” in the sense that politicians would notice, by attending thousand-dollar-a-plate dinners and contributing to their campaigns.
|By: David Dayen Tuesday October 9, 2012 3:00 pm|
For the second time in a week, workers at Walmart stores, this time in five states, have walked out on the job. While Walmart does not allow unions and the strikes are relatively time-limited, this surge of worker activism at the nation’s largest employer is one of the biggest stories in US labor relations.