UK Labour Party Proposes a Maximum Wage Gap

UK Labour Party Proposes a Maximum Wage Gap

In 1942, Franklin Roosevelt advanced what may have been the most politically daring policy proposal of his entire presidency. FDR called for the equivalent of a maximum wage. No individual American after paying taxes, Roosevelt declared, should have an income over...
Obama Tips His Hat to FDR

Obama Tips His Hat to FDR

Whatever happens over the next two years, you can bet that 22nd century school children will know more about President Barack Obama than kids learn today about, say, Calvin Coolidge. He made history just by being the first non-white man to occupy the White House. What...
To Move Forward, We Must Learn from Our Progressive Past

To Move Forward, We Must Learn from Our Progressive Past

Our contemporary billionaires, most Americans would agree, are exploiting our labor and polluting our politics. Can we shrink our super rich down to a less powerful — and more democratic — size? Of course we can. We Americans, after all, have already done...
A Bold New Call for a ‘Maximum Wage’

A Bold New Call for a ‘Maximum Wage’

How about taking a moment this Labor Day to reflect about those Americans who earn the least for their labor? These Americans — workers paid the federal minimum wage — are now making $7.25 an hour. On paper, they’re making the same wage they made in...
The Freedom to Fear

The Freedom to Fear

Serious commentators are telling us not to assume that the Supreme Court is going to find “Obamacare” unconstitutional just because the conservative justices gave the government lawyer a hard time when the case came before the Court last month. Somehow...
It’s Time to Study Social Security’s Origins

It’s Time to Study Social Security’s Origins

After a bubble economy burst, the stock market collapsed. Main street businesses began to fold and jobs soon vanished. Millions of job seekers remained unemployed as the months turned into years. Both government and personal debt soared. The best economic minds in...
Revisiting the Atlantic Charter

Revisiting the Atlantic Charter

The world once again teeters on the brink of catastrophe, just as it did in the middle of the 20th century. Today, we face much more subtle threats – such as economic instability, climate change, weapons proliferation, and food shortages — than simply an...

What would FDR Do?

How much can a U.S. president committed to greater equality hope to accomplish when lawmakers devoted to helping the rich hold the upper hand? Advocacy for equality must take a backseat, Obama administration insiders insist, when fanatical friends of the fortunate in...

Obamas Victory

(Editor’s note: These comments were excerpted from a panel discussion held November 6, 2008, two days after the election, at the Institute for Policy Studies. You can watch a video of the event.) Karen Dolan I think most of us are feeling something different...
Notes from Election Night

Notes from Election Night

It’s about 8 p.m. I’m exhausted from a brutally long flight from Athens last night, so I’m staying in and will to try to “journal” this election night. I won’t call this “live blogging” because a live blogger...

New Deal’s Unsung Japanese Victory

Seventy-five years ago, major media outlets have reminded us over recent weeks, Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal had its American debut. But when exactly did the New Deal end? The American Journal of Public Health has just published a fascinating article that...

Bush Skimps on Communal Rights and Responsibilities

President George W. Bush will address the nation Wednesday night on his “new” strategy for his same-old goal of ““victory” in Iraq. Most of the plan has been leaked — —in this case probably the expression “”handed...