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Fighting Back against Big Oil

by Dusty Sklar It’s common knowledge that big oil is at least in part responsible for the disasters caused by climate change, so it’s fair that they should shoulder some of the burden of the costs it causes. Now, two coastal cities in California, San Francisco and Oakland, have filed lawsuits against ExxonMobil, Chevron, BP, Conoco […]

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Naomi Klein, Connecting the Dots

by Marty Roth Discussed in this essay: No Is Not Enough: Resisting Trump’s Shock Politics and Winning the World We Need, by Naomi Klein. Haymarket Books, 2017, 288 pages.   NAOMI KLEIN’S latest, No Is Not Enough, is another in a long line of books about Donald Trump that have appeared since his presidential bid began […]

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Building the Myth: Capitalism = Democracy

by George Salamon “[T]he liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerate the growth of private power to a point where it becomes stronger than the Democratic State itself.” —Franklin D. Roosevelt, address to Congress, 1938 WE REACHED that point years ago. A 2014 study by two political scientists concluded: “[O]ur analyses […]

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O My America: Corporate America Deluxe

by Lawrence Bush I’M IN COLUMBIA, South Carolina, visiting my pregnant daughter and looking with wondering eyes at the world that elected Donald Trump. Among those I shared Thanksgiving with was a young father who works in military intelligence and who voiced to me, over the course of two days, his strong objections to Southern […]

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Profiting from Poverty

Discussed in this essay: The Poverty Industry: The Exploitation of America’s Most Vulnerable Citizens, by Daniel L. Hatcher. NYU Press, 2016, 288 pages. UNLIKE SOME INDUSTRIES in America, the poverty industry is thriving. It’s not a pretty story. The human service agencies of state and local governments, in collusion with private companies, are siphoning off […]

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The Jewish Jefferson

by Dusty Sklar Discussed in this essay: Louis D. Brandeis: American Prophet, by Jeffrey Rosen. Yale University Press, 2016, 266 pages. YALE UNIVERSITY PRESS, as part of its “Jewish Lives” series, has just published Louis D. Brandeis: American Prophet to commemorate the hundredth anniversary of his Supreme Court confirmation. It’s not a full-blown biography, but […]

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October 31: Andrew Fastow and Enron

A federal grand jury in Houston indicted Andrew Fastow, former chief financial officer of Enron, on 78 counts of wire fraud, money laundering, conspiracy and obstruction of justice related to the company’s collapse on this date in 2002. Fastow would plead guilty and be sentenced to four years in prison and two years of supervised […]

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June 13: What’s Wrong with Wall Street

Louis Lowenstein, a corporate executive and founder of a major business law firm who in 1980 began publishing scathing critiques of how Wall Street operates, was born in New York on this date in 1925. Lowenstein headed Supermarkets General, which later became Pathmark, and was founder of Kramer, Lowenstein, Nessen & Kamin. In 1980 he […]

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