Economy

  • The hedge fund parasites

    While workers were reeling from the Great Recession, the top 25 hedge fund managers in the U.S. earned an incredible $25.3 billion in one year.

  • Blackmailed by the bankers

    For years to come, the growth in public debt will be used by governments as an excuse to impose cuts on workers.

  • First time thievery, second time farce

    First, the banks drained your wallet. Now the people who stood by and let it happen are about to be rewarded, if Senate Democrats get their way.

  • The banksters bet on bankruptcy

    Greece stands on the edge of financial collapse--and questions are emerging about how large banks made the crisis worse, and then profited off it.

  • 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.