Economy

  • Stuck at the bottom and no way up

    The coming generation of young workers faces much more difficult conditions--but their ideas are being shaped by a broad discontent with capitalism.

  • A recovery that leaves workers behind

    Growth has returned to the U.S. economy--for now--but working people are still being hammered by joblessness and low wages.

  • Speaking truth to Davos

    As political and business leaders gather for their annual meeting at the ultra-exclusive Swiss ski resort of Davos, the left is holding a gathering of its own.

  • Laughing all the way to the bank

    Despite bonuses expected to exceed $100 billion, Wall Street executives somehow kept a straight face when they testified before Congress.

  • Deadly cost of heating cutoffs

    Three lives lost over a $181 utility bill--that's the ugly truth in Detroit, where a house fire killed three people on January 5.

  • Still a government for bankers

    It was revealed last month that the Bank of England handed £61.6 billion to two banks--while executives kept stuffing their pockets.

  • Seattle and the global justice struggle

    The protests against a World Trade Organization summit 10 years ago became a rallying point for a left-wing revival in the U.S. and around the globe.

  • Hungry in the world's richest country

    The number of Americans vulnerable to hunger grew sharply to 49 million in 2008--or about one in every six men, women and children living in the U.S.

  • A crisis made by neoliberalism

    The authors of a new book talk about the factors that led to the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression.

  • The banksters plot their next robbery

    Goldman Sachs and other Wall Street firms are looking forward to a bonus orgy for executives this year--supposedly for a job well done.

  • Crashing the bankers' party

    The American Bankers Association got an angry reception in Chicago from workers, homeowners and activists fed up with bailouts for banks.

  • A desert for jobs and no end in sight

    With the unemployment system mostly automated, the number of people in the office wasn't big. But their problems were.

  • A decade of losses for working families

    Even before the recession, U.S. workers were losing ground rapidly--and if current trends continue, the future looks more difficult than ever.

  • Betting on our deaths

    Wall Street has come up with a new investment scheme involving life insurance that is essentially a bet people will die "on time" or earlier than expected.

  • From crash to recovery?

    The U.S. economy is apparently growing again, but the problems that led to last year's financial panic remain--and workers' suffering is getting worse.

  • Fighting for housing justice

    Residents of Seattle's Tent City III and Nickelsville are resisting moves to evict them--even as the city refuses to offer real help to the homeless.

  • The recovery is here! (for Wall Street, that is)

    The mainstream news is filled with happy talk about economic recovery--but that's not the reality for those of us who aren't Wall Street executives.

  • The other real estate bubble

    The crisis in commercial real estate is getting attention in Congress--but property developers are exactly the people who don't deserve help.

  • Hit hardest by the jobs crisis

    The government's June jobs report shows there's no end of economic misery in sight for workers--and some groups are feeling the pain even more sharply.

  • A tale of two cities

    There are two Seattles--one for the wealthy few and another for the vast majority of people who barely scrape by, and sometimes not even that.

  • How the other 0.000003 percent lives

    An examination of the 10 richest Americans reveals a rogue's gallery of serial polluters, budget-slashers, CIA contractors, union-busters and right-wing nuts.

  • Right back where we started

    Anything that once provided an illusion of safety for autoworkers is vanishing--so we either we rise up together, or no one walks away with a living wage.

  • The stress test charade

    The Obama administration announced the results of its "stress tests" of big banks--but there were plenty of problems with the triumphant conclusions.

  • Can Obama's policies fix the economy?

    The pressure is on the Obama administration to make its plans for economic recovery work--but the deeper question is: Work for who?

  • Two tiered for too long

    When the government demands more concessions from GM and Chrysler, we all know where the cuts will come from.