Shocked and Disappointed

Shocked and Disappointed

In the spirit of the holiday season I have a gift for you: a freshly minted Herman Cain joke. Q: Mr. Cain, what about Libya? A: I never laid a hand on her. But life isn’t all jokes and foolishness. It just seems that way when you’re dealing with politics....
How Occupy is Transforming Our National Conversation

How Occupy is Transforming Our National Conversation

Shift your gaze for a moment from the lurid headlines of police shutting down Occupy sites in Oakland, New York and other cities to the scene on a sunny day in early November here in Washington, D.C. In front of the grandiose U.S. Treasury Department building,...

Egypt: Tear Gas May Be Non-lethal But It’s Lethal to Democracy

At Salon, Avi Asher-Schapiro reports from Tahrir Square that a “protester, who told me his name was Karim, held up a used teargas canister and pointed to the label: ‘Made in USA.’ … The serial number and blue markings on the tear gas canister...
Misrepresenting Occupy Wall Street

Misrepresenting Occupy Wall Street

As the Occupy Wall Street protesters are swept out of their encampments around the nation, many are asking what the movement’s next step will be and whether the police actions might actually help the two-month-old populist outburst grow. But even for those...
The Global Super-Rich Stash: Now $25 Trillion

The Global Super-Rich Stash: Now $25 Trillion

In today’s astoundingly unequal global economy, banks can go either of two routes — or both — to bag ever bigger returns. They can squeeze the 99 percent with nuisance fees and penalties. Or they can cater to the richest of the rich. But both routes...

Occupy Mayors: Where do They Stand?

Last night, a massive police force evicted Liberty Square, home of Occupy Wall Street for the past two months and birthplace of the 99% movement that has spread across the country and around the world. This burgeoning movement is more than a protest, more than an...

The Wolf, The Wool and The 99%

Who’s crying wolf and pulling the wool over our eyes when they should be hiring us to shear the sheep and make some wool hats for the young Occupyers facing a cold winter while fighting for the 99% of us? Is it the TEA Party? Is it the Republican Party? Is it...

Not Our Golf Games! CEO Worries Reach New Levels

This Occupy Wall Street business is getting out of hand. You just know that’s what America’s deepest pockets must now be thinking. Indeed, the editor at a Web site where corporate lawyers hang out recently warned his fellow attorneys to ready their CEOs...

Seoul Salvation

His name was on the lips of everyone I talked with in South Korea last week. As an underdog with little name recognition but a long history of progressive organizing, he came from behind late last month to become the new mayor of Seoul. Remember his name. Park Won...
The 99 Percent Have Found Our Voice

The 99 Percent Have Found Our Voice

Could any of us have imagined that in six short weeks, the people of this country would have found our voice? Most of you reading this have likely participated in Occupy activities in your town or city. IPS board member Barbara Ehrenreich worked with IPS interns to...
The World Is Finally Fighting Off the Infection of Neoliberalism

The World Is Finally Fighting Off the Infection of Neoliberalism

The narrative seems simple enough: on December 18, 2010, Mohamed Bouazizi, an over-educated but under-employed Tunisian fruit seller, immolated himself in protest and died at the age of 26. His act touched off a wave of activism that toppled the governments of his own...
Occupy Wall Street: New Politics and New Milestones

Occupy Wall Street: New Politics and New Milestones

This is an extraordinary time. The astonishing Occupy Wall Street movement emerged as the heart of our 99%, claimed the little scrap of earth in Zuccotti Park on behalf of all of us, and created a live-in soapbox from which to challenge inequality — how the 1%...