A specter is haunting America — the specter of negligibly higher chicken bowl prices at Chipotle. That’s the latest talking point in the conservative crusade against fair wages and unemployment benefits.
Luke Savage is a staff writer at Jacobin.
A new report on the state of dynastic wealth in America explodes the myth of the hardworking, meritorious rich. If America ever was a meritocracy, it certainly isn’t now.
A massive new survey published in the Journal of the American Medical Association shows how much Americans hate the expense, the red tape, and the skimpy coverage of their private insurance plans. But they do love their Medicare.
Since the pandemic began, America’s billionaires have seen their wealth skyrocket to an amount almost equal to a fifth of US GDP. This concentration of wealth is morally unacceptable — but it also represents a mortal threat to democracy.
The ongoing drive by Republicans to pass voter suppression laws presents the biggest challenge to democratic government since the establishment of Jim Crow. If Democrats in Congress fail to act by the 2022 midterms, it could be too late to stop it.
On infrastructure, Joe Biden is sliding back into the disastrous “bipartisan” mode of negotiations that sank so may progressive initiatives in the Obama years. Jamaal Bowman has now drawn a line in the sand rejecting that approach — and others in Congress should join him.
Dominic Cummings’s bombshell testimony on Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s disastrous response to COVID gives us a window into the murderous and deranged culture of the British elite.
Ending the filibuster isn’t just crucial to getting any positive legislation passed — it’s a question of whether we believe in the basic principle of majority rule.
We can’t stand by while plutocrats like Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos put themselves in charge of humankind’s expansion to other worlds. The results would be more Blade Runner than Star Trek.
After an initial period of liberal euphoria around the Joe Biden presidency, reality is starting to set in. Maybe Biden isn’t burying the era of Democratic neoliberalism after all.
“Lock up the bankers” was more than a populist slogan. It was a demand for something better than a plutocratic order that allows the rich to do whatever they wish.
Bernie Sanders and Barbara Lee want to tax Wall Street transactions. Corporate America’s lobbyists are fighting them tooth and nail. A new report explains why the sector so rarely has to swallow its own political defeat.
Patents were once seen as a temporary reward for inventors. Now, as novelist Cory Doctorow tells Jacobin, they’ve become supposedly inviolable “intellectual property” rights that simply enrich people like Bill Gates.
The demise of Greyhound Canada underscores the market’s inability to meet the transit needs of Canadians. It’s past time for a national, publicly owned rail and bus service, operated in the public interest.
Since the pandemic began, the biggest corporations have been rewriting their compensation rules to ensure their CEOs continue raking in multimillion dollar payouts. The result: a 29 percent pay hike for the average CEO, even as the average frontline worker has been hit with a 2 percent wage cut.
After last week’s calamitous election for the Labour Party, party leader Keir Starmer was asked to explain his “vision” for Britain. His humiliating inability to answer the question was a window into the hollowness of Britain’s center.
The current round of partisan shadowboxing around unemployment benefits misses the point: the purpose of a real welfare state is to free people from the drudgery, precarity, and misery of low-wage work.
More than any Marxist text ever could, the COVID-19 emergency cash relief programs — and the furious reaction to them from employers — lay bare the raw truth about capitalism: bosses’ profits depend directly on workers’ remaining terrified of destitution.
Jon Stewart rightly scorned cable news’ empty bickering during a 2004 CNN Crossfire appearance that went viral again this week. But calls for post-partisan decency still miss the point: we need a positive agenda to improve people’s lives, not empty calls to be the adults in the room.
True, the parameters of American liberalism have clearly shifted. But Joe Biden’s actions in his first 100 days have revealed an administration whose most fundamental objective is to restore the Republic to its pre-Trump state — not to undertake its reconstruction along totally different grounds.