“Generation Wealth” documentarian Lauren Greenfield on how the rich are destroying civilization KEITH A. SPENCER interviews Lauren Greenfield Original Thinkers Dec 2, 2018 It is ironic as the gulf between rich and poor reaches record levels, the language of the underclass becomes infected with the culture and mores of the rich. Twenty years ago, English began to absorb and normalize verbal markers of wealth, consumption, and … Continue reading The vapid trickle-down culture of the plutocracy could be the end of us all
by Larry Johnson Sic Semper Tyrannis Nov 23, 2018 Is Donald Trump guilty of money laundering? If you ask most Democrats and anti-Trump Republicans, they fervently believe he has been moving money for Russian mobsters for more than twenty years and an investigation of this will bring Trump’s Presidency to an end. Don’t count on it. … Continue reading The Chimera of Donald Trump, Russian Money Launderer
Will Progressives Ever Think About How We Structure Markets, Instead of Accepting them as Given? by DEAN BAKER Counterpunch Nov 19, 2018 The right-wing would like us to believe the inequality we see in the United States, and increasingly in other countries, is a natural outcome of market processes. Unfortunately, many on the left seem to largely … Continue reading The “Free-Market” Scam
"You can bail out the banks, leave the debts in place, and rescue the economy. It’s a zero-sum game. Somebody has to lose. That’s what happened in 2009 when President Obama came in. Obama invited the bankers to the White House and he said, “I’m the only guy standing between you and the mob … Continue reading Rescuing the Banks Instead of the Economy
Open Secrets One year ago, President Donald Trump’s inauguration broke records – not in turnout, but in inaugural donations. Trump pulled in $107 million in individual contributions, nearly doubling President Barack Obama’s 2009 record of$53 million. With the donations came a set of perks for top donors – “intimate” dinners with Vice President Mike Pence; … Continue reading Trump’s Top Campaign Financers: Where are they now?