Monthly Archives: January 2011

Why You Should Feel Cheated, Deceived and Sickened by America’s Stunning Inequality, Even If You’re Doing Well

By Paul Buchheit AlterNet If middle- and upper-middle-class families had the same share of the economic pie as in 1980, they’d be making an average of $12,500 more per year. Why should a relatively prosperous upper-middle-class family care about inequality? … Continue reading

Posted in CAPITALISM, ECONOMY, GOVERNMENT, POLICY, RESOURCES | Leave a comment

The Invention of Money

THIS AMERICAN LIFE Five reporters stumbled on what seems like a basic question: What is money? The unsettling answer they found: Money is fiction. In other words: MONEY IS OVER IF YOU WANT IT

Posted in CAPITALISM, CONSUMERISM, DEMOCRACY, SOLUTIONS | Leave a comment

SOLUTIONS: Swiss whistleblower Rudolf Elmer plans to hand over offshore banking secrets of the rich and famous to WikiLeaks

By Ed Vulliamy GUARDIAN “What I am objecting to is not one particular bank, but a system of structures,” he told the Observer. “I have worked for major banks other than Julius Baer, and the one thing on which I … Continue reading

Posted in CAPITALISM, DEMOCRACY, ECONOMY, GOVERNMENT, INTERNATIONAL, POLICY, SOLUTIONS | Leave a comment

2010 Hottest Year on Record: The Graph That Should Be on the Front Page of Every Newspaper

By Peter H. Gleick HUFFINGTON POST Climate change is worsening, fast. The National Climate Data Center of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has just announced that for the entire planet, 2010 is the hottest year on record, tied with … Continue reading

Posted in CAPITALISM, ENVIRONMENT, GLOBALIZATION, POLICY, RESOURCES | Leave a comment

Map of the recent mass animal deaths

Posted by Nick Eaton SFGate I didn’t realize just how many bizarre cases of mass animal deaths have occurred in the past month, until I saw the custom Google Map shown above. Birds and fish have been dying en masse … Continue reading

Posted in CAPITALISM, ENVIRONMENT, GLOBALIZATION, RESOURCES | Leave a comment

SOLUTIONS: High Pay Commission

In an effort to try and curb hefty bonuses, and perhaps risky behavior, in the financial sector, a group of labor unionists, journalists and academics from the U.K. have launched a high pay commission.

Posted in CAPITALISM, DEMOCRACY, INTERNATIONAL, POLICY, RESOURCES, SOLUTIONS | Leave a comment

Cyberwar

Posted in CAPITALISM, POLICY, RESOURCES | Leave a comment

The Progressive Case Against Obama’s New Team

By Dean Baker, Co-Director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research HUFFINGTON POST This is the small matter that leads progressives to be unhappy with the renewed dominance of the Clinton economic team. If progressives had devised policies that … Continue reading

Posted in CAPITALISM, DEMOCRACY, ECONOMY, EMPLOYMENT, GLOBALIZATION, GOVERNMENT, POLICY | Leave a comment

The Limits of Consumption

By John McKnight and Peter Block HUFFINGTON POST The essential promise of a consumer society is that virtually all satisfaction can be purchased. This promise runs so deep in us that we’ve come to take our identity from our capacity … Continue reading

Posted in CAPITALISM, CONSUMERISM, RESOURCES | Leave a comment

The Bill Daley Problem

By Simon Johnson HUFFINGTON POST Top bankers, including Bill Daley, have pulled off a complete snow job — including since the crisis broke in fall 2008. They have put forward their special interests while claiming to represent the general interest. … Continue reading

Posted in CAPITALISM, DEMOCRACY, ECONOMY, GOVERNMENT, POLICY | 1 Comment