With Trump, is there a line between business and government?

The idea of a Donald Trump presidency has me musing about what we were supposed to learn in school. We were taught that capitalism (the force that always wore the white hat) was good because the invisible hand of competition ensured that consumers always had choice and low prices while good businesspersons made money. What…

Iran Nuclear Deal too complicated for TV commercials

A new CNN / ORC poll just revealed that the majority of Americans want Congress to reject the nuclear deal with Iran that the Obama Administration negotiated. This is a shift from April, 2015 when the majority favored approval of the deal. It might be farcical that the American people are asked their views on…

Trying to look sympathetically at Trans-Pacific Partnership

In the 19th Century, the Victorian historian Thomas Carlyle coined the phrase “dismal science” for the field of economics. With the help of new insights and the world of computing power, it has become more accurate, like a physical science. However, there are still vast realms of uncertainty, and that certainly is true as we…

Wisconsin shows how difficult it is to hold on to progressive gains

Robert Lafollette, Jr. and Joseph McCarthy. Russ Feingold and Scott Walker. How could one state–Wisconsin–elect politicians with such divergent views? No state east of New York has had such a strong tradition of progressive views in both the Democratic Party and the Republican Party. Despite the strength that Senator Robert Lafollette, Jr. and his father…

Robert Reich: The war on the poor and working class, in 2 min., 15 sec.

This is the best summary of the not-so-hidden agenda of the corporate class to weaken the tiny bit of power the working class still has.  Robert Reich explains in 2 min. 15 sec. what the rest of us have been writing whole essays about for years.  Until we get this story out, the majority of…

Resurging interest in Teddy Roosevelt’s Progressive Movement

Biographer and historian Doris Kearns Goodwin has written biographies of Abraham Lincoln, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and Lyndon Baines Johnson. As she looked to a new project, she realized that she had tremendous interest in the progressive movement at the turn of the 19th century. She thereupon wrote her widely-acclaimed book, The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt,…