Egypt in America

The courage of the Egyptian people has not only inspired others in the Middle East to demand a transition to democracy, it has also inspired Americans to insist on democracy – here in America. In an electoral system controlled by business, trade associations and special interests, the our elected officials often do not stand for the best interests of the...

Death of the Liberal Class, Part 1: Chris Hedges, A Compelling Voice Among the Deafening Silence

Chris Hedges is a unique commentator on the challenges we face. His honesty is exceptional, his writing outstanding, and his perspective insistent. His two most recent books, Death of the Liberal Class and Empire of Illusion painfully brought into focus the deep-rooted problems in our society and the failings of American liberals and progressives that Hedges...

TED Talk: Why We all Need to be More Vulnerable

Brene Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. She has spent the past ten years studying vulnerability, courage, authenticity, and shame. She spent the first five years of her decade-long study focusing on shame and empathy, and is now using that work to explore a concept that she calls Wholeheartedness. She...

The Significance of Scale

Out this week is the newest edition of Whole Terrain, which is published by the Environmental Studies Department of Antioch University, New England. The entire issue focuses on the question of “scale.” While the phrase “think globally, act locally” may have become a cliché, now more than ever we must come to terms with how much is too much, how...

Where is the Bang for Our Buck?

Repercussions of the New Tax Law Would Leave 51 Million Americans Worse Off Most liberals and progressive Democrats were angered by the recent extension of the Bush tax cuts for America’s most wealthy. The excuse, offered by the White House and a good number of Democrats, was that the extension would also benefit the middle and lower class. That conclusion...

The Bright Side of Government

For close to one-and-a-half hours this week,  U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis sat patiently, and deeply engaged, as she listened to the challenges and opportunities that small business faces in a country dominated by the influence of large multinational corporations. These small companies believe in livable wages, health care for all, and reversing the...

GOP Wages War on Safeguards That Protect Us All

Yesterday, Matt Madia, a policy analyst at OMB Watch, Robert Weissman, president at Public Citizen, Peter Iwanowicz of the American Lung Association, and I participated in a media briefing to call attention to Representative Darrell Issa’s (R-CA) plans to hold hundreds of hearings to investigate the Obama administration this year, including the oversight...

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce:

Fighting Democracy and Destroying America’s Economic Future This has been quite a year for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, a year of blunders as well as successes. On balance, it appears the chamber is winning more often than it’s losing. My concern is who’s benefiting from those victories: The American public or just a few large companies? This year...