How FDR Saved Capitalism

by Seymour Martin Lipset, Gary Marks Hoover Institution Jan 30, 2001 With the coming of the Great Depression in the 1930s, a sharp increase in protest and anticapitalist sentiment threatened to undermine the existing political system and create new political parties. The findings of diverse opinion polls, as well as the electoral support given to local radical, … Continue reading How FDR Saved Capitalism

The humanities have much to teach our adversarial culture about empathy

by Alexander Bevilacqua Aeon Jan 15, 2019 Recently discovered prisoner writings on the wall of Lyon’s notorious Montluc prison from which résistant and historian Marc Bloch was taken and executed by the Nazis on the night of the 16 June 1944. A noted historian, Bloch wrote: ‘The task of the historian is understanding, not judging.’ Photo by … Continue reading The humanities have much to teach our adversarial culture about empathy

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Proposes Perfectly American Tax on Ultra-Rich

by Naomi LaChance  Truthdig Jan 5, 2018 In an effort to fund policies that would reduce fossil fuel and carbon emissions within the next 12 years, Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York has proposed a tax rate on the super-rich that is more moderate than U.S. tax policy during parts of the 20th century. In … Continue reading Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Proposes Perfectly American Tax on Ultra-Rich

How Bronze Age Rulers Simply Canceled Debts

Clean Slate proclamations were part of the community’s self-preservation. by Michael Hudson Evonomics Dec 3, 2018 Adapted from …and Forgive Them Their Debts: Lending, Foreclosure and Redemption from Bronze Age Finance to the Jubilee Year. Islet. November 15, 2018.  There has been an explosion of discussion about whether to cancel student debts. Critics of the idea point out … Continue reading How Bronze Age Rulers Simply Canceled Debts

Rejecting Politics as Science

Rejecting Politics as Science Marxism, Popper claims, is analogous to the psychological theories of Adler and pseudo-sciences such as astrology. Attempts to present political systems as scientific are increasingly regarded as old-fashioned: the "common sense" view suggests that politics is not scientific, cannot be reduced to a set of principles such that it can be … Continue reading Rejecting Politics as Science

What is Oligarchy? Government, gone to the dogs

Does Fox News even have maps? Fox News conservative political commentator Ainsley Earhardt on Friday offered “Fox and Friends” viewers a definition lesson on the word “oligarch,” wondering if her fellow co-hosts “have ever used the word before the last few months.” Earhardt claimed the media’s interest in the Russia investigation is misplaced because “most … Continue reading What is Oligarchy? Government, gone to the dogs