Happy Days Here Again, 21st Century-Style

Happy Days Here Again, 21st Century-Style

We can wait all we want, but sometimes history never gets around to repeating. History — more specifically, the history of the Great Depression in the 1930s — has been a constant presence in America’s political discourse ever since the Great...
The Dawning of GDP’s Hegemony

The Dawning of GDP’s Hegemony

Maryland’s government is embracing an alternative way to monitor the state’s wellbeing called the Genuine Progress Indicator, which brings depth to the analysis of the state’s economic growth. At the Institute for Policy Studies, we are looking for...
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...

People Power Pushed the New Deal

Sarah Anderson wrote this article as part of The New Economy, the Summer 2009 issue of YES! Magazine. During the Great Depression, my grandfather ran a butter creamery in rural Minnesota. Growing up, I heard how a group of farmers stormed in one day and threatened to...

Obama Faces Economic Disaster

If you ain’t got the do re mi, boys, You ain’t got the do re mi, You better go back to beautiful Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Georgia, Tennessee. California is a garden of Eden, a paradise to live in or see; But believe it or not, you won’t find it so...