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Yeah, there’s always been a kind of benign liberal who was well protected from the tragedies of the poor — but it’s not so theoretical anymore, is it? Michael Lind explains in Salon: Early 20th century Progressives tended to have backgrounds in the mainline Protestant clergy, the professoriate and the law. Woodrow Wilson, a professor […]

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Ian Welsh with a thoughtful piece. I’ve thought about this, too — there are so many cameras everywhere, people are less violent — but also more aware of being under surveillance: Stephen Pinker, in 2011, for the Wall Street Journal, wrote an article on the decline of violence, arguing that it has been decreasing for […]

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Why did the Department of Education bail these bastards out? And as Matthew Bruckner explains today in Credit Slips, not only did the Administration rescue enable the government to escape losses on debt that otherwise could have been wiped out, but the DoE even reaped fees for salvaging this toxic operation: While the CFPB continued […]

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The Kochs can only win if we don’t get out our base. God, it drives me crazy that Dems so consistently equate money with winning. It’s just not true, and I wonder if it isn’t just an excuse for more lazy, automatic-pilot campaigning: When news broke Monday that conservative billionaire brothers David and Charles Koch […]

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In an excellent, lengthy piece for In These Times (I strongly urge you to go read it all), Rick Perlstein uses Rahm Emanuel as an example of how to transfer the assets of a city into the pockets of pals and donors: So things rest: Most privatization deals fail every public policy test. There’s little […]

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Sure! All the old people who can’t get by on Social Security should all go out and volunteer, to give this asshole that warm fuzzy feeling they get from free labor. This is the same billionaire who said raising taxes was like Hitler invading Poland: DAVOS, Switzerland — Private equity investor Stephen Schwarzmann is generally […]

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Great! Here’s hoping they don’t fuck it up. I have to admit, I have to love a movement whose unofficial anthem is Patti Smith’s “People Have The Power”: ATHENS — Greece rejected the punishing economics of austerity on Sunday and sent a warning signal to the rest of Europe as the left-wing Syriza party won […]

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Poor Pope Francis, cast into eternal darkness by comedian Bill Maher, host of Real Time and unofficial head of the Church of the Latter Day Snarks: “I was starting to really like this pope,” Maher said during his monologue on Friday. “He’s dead to me now. Oh yeah, f*ck the Pope. Look, George Bush said […]

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How about that

Bertolini’s been a little schizy. I’ve read about him doing some really annoying shit, but he also does things like this. Great! More CEOs should change their pay structure: One CEO has taken a step that could help fend off Thomas Piketty’s nightmare vision of rising wealth inequality: He’s giving thousands of his workers a […]

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Robert Reich on why rages won’t rise: Yet there’s reason to believe the link between falling unemployment and rising wages has been severed. For one thing, it’s easier than ever for American employers to get the workers they need at low cost by outsourcing jobs abroad rather than hiking wages at home. Outsourcing can now […]

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