How Obama’s Cave in to GOP Extremists Will Devastate the Economy

Reprinted from Alternet by Joshua Holland Obama’s failure to challenge the Right’s economic mythology is both inexcusable, and a sign that the White House isn’t prepared for the major battles to come. The deal Obama struck with GOP leaders last week will cost our moribund economy around 400,000 jobs. It was a tragic compromise with […]

Public Employee Unions Don’t Get One Penny from Taxpayers and Can’t Require Membership, But the Big Lie That They Do Is Everywhere

Originally published in Alternet. Nobody has to belong to a union or support its political activities, but you’d never know that from reading the news. by Joshua Holland Let us begin with this simple, indisputable truth: public employees’ unions don’t get a single red cent from taxpayers. And they aren’t a mechanism to “force” working […]

No Dirty Gold: This Valentine’s Day, Say No to Gold That’s Mined at the Expense of the Environment and Workers

Originally published in Alternet. By Payal Sampat and Scott Cardiff. Communities affected by mining deserve meaningful changes that improve real conditions on the ground. Thinking of giving your sweetheart gold jewelry for Valentine’s Day? You might want to first know what goes into making it. Extracting enough gold for one ring takes an average of two […]

Bill McKibben: “Catastrophic Weather Events Are Becoming the New Normal — Are You Ready for Life on Our Planet Circa 2011?”

Originally published in Alternet. Reprinted with permission. For two decades now we’ve been ignoring the impassioned pleas of scientists that our burning of fossil fuels was a bad idea. And now we’re paying a heavy price. by Bill McKibben If you were in the space shuttle looking down yesterday, you would have seen a pair […]

Visual History of Koch Conservatism, from John Birch to Cato

Reprinted from Alternet. Want to explain to your friends and relatives how the Tea Party is corporately-financed and “grassroots” right-wing activity is not spontaneous? Here’s a graphic to get you started. This infographic on the Koch brothers’ long history of ultra-conservative activity and financial support for the most extreme of right-wing activity comes to us […]

Larry Beinhart: “Tax Cuts Simply Do Not Create Jobs”

Published in Alternet.org December 14, 2010. Reprinted with permission. by Larry Beinhart We already have low taxes, and all it means is that profits for the wealthy are up. All Republican politicians, and many Democratic ones as well, make the claim that tax increases will prevent small business people from hiring. Indeed, it may force […]

Joshua Holland: How Our Trillion-Dollar Empire Is the Cause of Our ‘Deficit Problem’

Published in Alternet December 8, 2010. Reprinted with permission of author. by Joshua Holland We could make the budget deficit disappear and fully fund Social Security and Medicare without raising taxes, if we only outspend our biggest military rival by threefold. The United States spends more on its military and security services than the rest […]

The Slow Money Movement May Revolutionize the Way You Think About Food

By Kari Lyder (Reprinted with permission from Alternet). The slow food movement that started in Italy two decades ago has gained much attention and popularity, with a blossoming of community supported agriculture (CSA), local organic farms and general awareness of where our food comes from. But money doesn’t grow on trees, and in an economy […]