Assaulting Detroit’s Poor
Jul22

Assaulting Detroit’s Poor

  A few months ago, I wrote about Detroit’s bankruptcy, and how it had been structured without input from its poorest citizens. With unemployment rising, many of its buildings destroyed, and power outages due to bad weather, it seemed like Detroit couldn’t get worse for its remaining 700,000 residents. It’s Worse Than It Seems Then, the city of Detroit decided to cut water off to thousands of residents who were...

Read More
The Age of “Free Trade” Agreements
Jul05

The Age of “Free Trade” Agreements

“Free trade agreement” might be one of the worst misnomers in economic policy. After all, how much do free trade agreements have to do with real free trade, given that the US already has an average tariff rate of 1.6%? Following the great success of NAFTA, which displaced Mexican farmers, increased food prices, and provided little economic growth, the US government under Obama has tried to negotiate three more free trade...

Read More
What Partisan Divide?
Jun26

What Partisan Divide?

  If you listen to the mainstream media, you’ll hear a lot about the “partisan divide” in Congress, and how “the ideological middle is dead.” Liberals say that the Republican Party has shifted to the extreme right, alienating its own moderate members, with the prime example being House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s recent defeat to a Tea Party-er in his district’s Republican primary....

Read More
Social Security: A Manufactured Dilemma
Apr13

Social Security: A Manufactured Dilemma

Out of all the things that are clearly unsustainable in our politics, like dependency on fossil fuels and the lack of true democracy, our politicians have focused on targeting Social Security (SS). The chained-CPI proposal, which would slow down increases in Social Security benefits by trimming cost-of-living projections, has “bipartisan support.” In other words, mainstream liberals and conservatives and their corporate...

Read More
America – Anything But Democracy
Nov09

America – Anything But Democracy

The Supreme Court will soon decide whether individuals can make unlimited contributions to political campaigns and parties. Those on the left have loudly criticized the fact that this all-important restriction is even being debated, saying that it “could completely derail America.” Meanwhile, those on the right have claimed that such restrictions infringe the First Amendment right to freedom of speech. Both of these claims...

Read More
American Manifesto, Part 2
Oct20

American Manifesto, Part 2

Welcome to American Manifesto again, where I last proposed a free, universal college system. As the GOP shut down the government to defund Obamacare (and achieve a host of other objectives), I offered a non-right-wing critique of the bill and put forth a viable alternative, promising to outline some details of it: An Outline For “Medicare For All” : A Universal Single-Payer System As I pointed out in that critique, 27 out...

Read More