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  • What New Hampshire tells us

    Pundits will say the New Hampshire primaries are evidence that the political extremes are gaining ground in American politics. It isn't true, Robert Reich argues.

  • Opinion: Ending the vicious cycle of wealth and power

    The future of American democracy may not be dependent on who wins the presidential election. A mass movement by citizens is needed to redistribute the power back into the hands of the average American.

  • Opinion: Martin Shkreli is just one example of excess in a rotten system

    Martin Shkreli was arrested last week for deceiving investors, but gained the ire of many for ramping up the price of medications for profit. The markups were legal – evidence of a flawed system that needs changing. 

  • The anxious class poised to revolt

    After years of declining wages and increasing costs of living, the middle class has become the anxious class. It's possible the group will be drawn into electing a strongman who promises to protect the people from Wall Street, China, and politics as usual.

February 12, 2016

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Curtis Ray Jeffery II wears a pacifier with presidential candidate Donald Trump's image on it before a rally in Baton Rouge, La., Thursday night.

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  • The anxious class poised to revolt

    After years of declining wages and increasing costs of living, the middle class has become the anxious class. It's possible the group will be drawn into electing a strongman who promises to protect the people from Wall Street, China, and politics as usual.

  • Opinion: 158 families are buying American democracy

    Half of all money donated to presidential candidates so far has come from 158 wealthy families. The concentration of political donations suggests those with the means to donate large amounts of money are being disproportionately represented over the average American.

  • Opinion: Paul Ryan's seven terrible ideas

    Paul Ryan's new plan for the House Republican agenda is filled with ideas that would set back the United States. Here are the seven ideas and why they are bad.

  • What to do with disloyal companies (+video)

    The American tax payers will pay $19.5 billion over the next decade as a result of tax inversions, like Pfizer's merge with Ireland's Allergan. The best way to treat disloyal companies that leave America for lower corporate tax may be to treat them like foreign companies.

  • Opinion: Why hate speech by presidential candidates is despicable

    Presidential candidates should act according to a higher standard. They should not be fueling or inciting hatred to win political points.

  • How to stop the share economy from harming workers

    The economy is shifting. The "share economy" will see over 40 percent of Americans working as freelancers, temporary workers, self-employed, or contract workers in five years. The US can maintain a flexible economy, while taking the burdens and risks associated with uncertain work off the workers.

  • Opinion: Five prerequisites for war against ISIS

    War with ISIS seems to be growing closer. If America does go to war, it must be sure to maintain the values that it is defending and share the responsibility among its entire population.

  • Opinion: Circus politics is perilous for America

    Circus politics is characterized by clowns for candidates and showmanship over leadership and ability. The end result could be a clown as president.

  • Republicans and Democrats agree on the ills of money in politics

    Robert Reich, a liberal economist, found unexpected consensus among conservative voters in 'red' states: Big money in politics is squeezing the average worker. 

  • Is the American market rigged?

    The American market is rigged for upward redistribution of wealth. The wealthy corporations and individuals have the financial and political clout to change laws to benefit themselves.

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