Trump’s Report Card: No ‘A’s, Not Even For Effort

Trump’s Report Card: No ‘A’s, Not Even For Effort

Confession: Many moons ago, I actually thought there was a little bit to like about Donald Trump. During the primaries, he proved that GOP voters could care less about the party’s usual pro-business bromides. He smeared free-trade agreements as bad for workers,...
The Racial Wealth Gap Persists Through Retirement

The Racial Wealth Gap Persists Through Retirement

Welcome to 2017! President Obama has exited the stage, and a Trump presidency is now reality. If you’re still not shocked, remember this: Right now, more than half of all Black families in the United States today have no retirement wealth at all, meaning they will...
Why Inequality Turns Technology Toxic

Why Inequality Turns Technology Toxic

In The Bleeding Edge: Why Technology Turns Toxic in an Unequal World, European academic and activist Bob Hughes exposes how inequality significantly diminishes our technological options and turns successful inventions into their evil counterparts. Part historical...
The Bad News about Good Census Numbers

The Bad News about Good Census Numbers

Poverty is down, median income is up and health coverage expanded last year. These gains are felt across all racial, ethnic, gender and age groups in the U.S. The gender pay gap, income inequality, unemployment rates – all decreasing. Both the poor and those with...
Americans Want to Be More Equal

Americans Want to Be More Equal

Of all the pressing problems facing our country, which one garners the concern of the biggest share of Americans? The growing gap between rich and poor. More than half the country, new Pew Research Center polling confirms, considers growing economic inequality a...
How Corporations Became Their CEOs’ Personal ATMs

How Corporations Became Their CEOs’ Personal ATMs

The analysts who monitor our economy have a label for the companies that pump out oil and gas from the earth and dig out various other minerals and metals. Analysts have traditionally called these companies the “extractive industries.” But drilling and mining may now...
Five Simple Ways We Can Fix Our Broken Economy

Five Simple Ways We Can Fix Our Broken Economy

In Five Easy Theses, Jim Stone traces out his program to address five areas of national bewilderment: fiscal balance, inequality, education, health care, and financial sector reform. The precision and logic of Stone’s writing and proposals inspired me to want to...
To unleash the harms, rein in the watchdogs

To unleash the harms, rein in the watchdogs

We’re now getting another taste—in our mouths, our lungs, our brains—of what the ongoing assault on the federal government’s watchdog function is doing to all of us.  As we’ve just learned, Volkswagen rigged its software to fool the Environmental Protection Agency...
Figuring Out Your Role: Talking Resilience with Sarah Byrnes

Figuring Out Your Role: Talking Resilience with Sarah Byrnes

Sarah: I’m Sarah. I work at the Institute for Policy Studies, where I support a local initiative called Jamaica Plain New Economy Transition. We’re working on community resilience here in Jamaica Plain, which is a neighborhood of Boston. And I also support a...
Inequality Is Costing Us Big-Time

Inequality Is Costing Us Big-Time

Have you ever wondered what inequality costs the average American family? That is, what price do we pay — in actual dollars and cents — for tolerating an economy fixated on pumping our treasure to the top? That question has no simple answer. How much, for instance,...