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The American Economy Is Rigged

Joseph E. Stiglitz Scientific American
We are already paying a high price for inequality, but it is just a down payment on what we will have to pay if we do not do something—and quickly. It is not just our economy that is at stake; we are risking our democracy.

My $200,000 Debt Should Not Disqualify Me for Governor of Georgia

Stacey Abrams Fortune
I am in debt, but not alone. Debt is a millstone that weighs down more than three-quarters of us. It can determine if we are able to run for office, launch a business, or quit a job we hate. It should not—and cannot—be a disqualification for ambition

Trump, the Republican Party, and Westmoreland County

Margaret Power Political Research Associates
Trump got 63.5 percent of the vote to Clinton’s 32.5 percent in Westmoreland County. The county is now solidly red, but it hasn’t always been. I grew up in Westmoreland County in the 1960s and ‘70s, and the county was solidly blue. Can it change back

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Reader Comments: 2018 and Trump Country Cracking, Parts Embrace Democratic Socialism; Young MLK Already Had Socialist Ideas; Medicare; Household Debt; NATO: Time Up; Ken Burns’ “The Vietnam War”; Billy Joel; Meat Surplus; Resources; Announcements

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On Economic Madness

Luke Pretz Against the Current
David Harvey's book both distills Marx's Capital and makes the text relevant in understanding today's contagion of neoliberal globalization.

America’s Dairy Farmers are Struggling and Unsupported

Debbie Weingarten Rural America - In These Times
Today, she says, roadsides are dotted with “for sale” signs. Farms sit vacant, their owners having relocated to urban areas in search of work.Once-pristine barns have become dilapidated after years of low prices left farmers without money for repairs

The Pact for Mexico after Five Years: How Has It Fared?

Mark Weisbrot, Lara Merling, Rebecca Watts, and Jake Johnston CEPR
Five years after "Pact for Mexico", Mexico's economy is mired in a trap of low investment and low growth and imperiled by liberalization of financial markets making it vulnerable to rate increases by the US Fed and global financial turbulence.
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