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It's Politics Stupid!

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In May 2009, former International Monetary Fund chief economist Simon Johnson wrote an important essay in The Atlantic on the origins and implications of the 2008 financial collapse, called "The Quiet Coup." The financial gloom that swept over the US...More

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Say You're Wrong, Open Your Eyes, Yes It's Much Too Late For Goodbyes

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It’s Monday April 8th! Do you know where your podcast is? On this day in history back in 1935, Congress established the Works Progress Administration program, and FDR signed the Emergency Relief Appropriation Act. Not too shabby considering they were...More

 

Are You a Prol?

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Labor Day Demonstration against child labor - 1909 So if "class warfare" actually breaks out (we’re not talking about beheading rich folks .... yet!) with what "class" do you identify? Are you "middle class, upper middle-class, lower class?" These are...More

 

A Tribe Called Sequester

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It’s Thursday February 28th! Do you know where your podcast is? On this day in history back in 1861, the U.S. Congress created Colorado Territory. They didn’t actually create anything. They just wrote and signed some pieces of paper that...More

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CISPA is Back; All Your Data Are Belong to Us

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Barely a year after the defeat of SOPA, Congress is back to testing the waters for legislation that many internet users believe to be in violation of their fundamental rights to privacy and free expression. CISPA , a bill that...More

 

The Party Of Stupid

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I thought I would start by listing a group of ideas that are held by the majority of educated Americans. If after you read them you think that no, these are “liberal” ideas, think again. In fact, if you were...More

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Pot Legalization Bills Introduced, and Why Congress Will Not Legalize Pot

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Public polling shows that a majority of Americans now support legalizing marijuana, but will Congress even consider taking pot off the banned substances list? Today, two members of the House — Rep. Jared Polis [D, CO] and Rep. Earl Blumenauer...More

 

DNC: Pro Labor, Pro Gay Rights, Pro Prosperity for All

We have just stepped away from three days of an Obama-bashing convention, put on by the RNC (Republican National Convention). There weren’t many specifics to what the GOP and their candidate for president were going to do if they were...More

 

Republican Fantasyland: The RNC’s Vision for the Future

The Republican National Convention is meeting this week to, I suppose, confirm their support for the Republican candidate for president, and set their agenda. Let me point out that the Republican agenda is usually the same, except this time it...More

 

It's Labor Day! Honoring Labor! Huh?

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March 6, 1930 - thousands demonstrate for unemployment insurance in Union Square and nationwide - led by the communists. Did you think government just gave it to you? Wake up and smell the coffee. It’s Labor Day! End of Summer,...More