Economy

  • Profits come before patriotism

    Barack Obama has discovered that U.S. multinationals pledge allegiance to their bottom line, not the good old U.S.A.

  • What does tech mean for the left?

    It's important to take stock of the growing digital workforce and what it means for Marxist theory and socialist practice.

  • Neoliberal monstrosities

    The proliferation of monster types in popular culture speaks to deep-seated anxieties about the ways capitalism degrades us.

  • Global slump and the new normal

    Seven years of economic crisis has created a new normal: extreme social inequality coexisting with a stagnant global system.

  • A tale of two paychecks

    For Pam Davis, working at Walmart meant always worrying about the next bill. For Rob Walton, owning Walmart means never worrying about anything.

  • Held up at work

    Wage theft affects more people and accounts for more money than all other forms of robbery--but it isn't even treated like a crime in most cases.

  • Snapshots of inequality

    Capitalism produces inequality by definition--but the neoliberal era has turned the gap between rich and poor into a Grand Canyon.

  • Life and death for the homeless this winter

    The frigid weather this month put millions of people at risk--but there's another man-made danger compounding the cold this winter: Poverty.

  • Hungry for a living wage

    Across the country, millions of low-wage workers face fear and anxiety over their scramble to make ends meet--but a resistance is growing.

  • Poor prospects in a "middle class" society

    The vast majority of Americans will experience poverty and economic insecurity for a significant portion of their lives.

  • A jobs plan only big business could love

    Barack Obama's talk about fighting for good jobs rings hollow when you look at his actual proposals--which include cutting corporate taxes.

  • The smash-and-grab agenda

    Even mainstream commentators are admitting that austerity measures have led to lower economic growth. So why have governments embraced them?

  • Generation out of luck

    College graduation is supposed to be a time of celebration--yet the class of 2013 is facing a future of uncertainty and diminished prospects.

  • A slap on the wrist for the banksters

    Ten banks will pay $8.5 billion to settle a federal review of their predatory lending practices--offering little to their victims.

  • Holding all the cards...and they still folded

    Obama and the Democrats had leverage over Republicans and popular opinion on their side, but they tossed both away to make the fiscal cliff deal.

  • Working hard and still hungry

    The Republicans are taking aim at food stamps, the program that more and more low-wage workers depend on to make it through the month.

  • Lousy work, if you can get it

    Millions of people still can't find jobs, but those who do face a different kind of crisis: the increase in low-wage, no-benefit work.

  • Bankzilla vs the rest of us

    Four years after the world financial system nearly plunged into the abyss, the banksters are back to making money hand over fist.

  • Caught rigging the game

    A scandal over a British bank's manipulation of a key interest rate has shed light on the bald-faced lies and self-dealing ways of the world's biggest banks.

  • Heading for the europocalypse?

    The bailout of Spanish banks and the victory of a pro-austerity party in the Greek election hasn't stopped the eurozone debt crisis from worsening.

  • The no-jobs generation

    Young people graduating from high school or college today face tough prospects finding work--with consequences that will continue for years to come.

  • Big trouble at Diamond Jamie's casino

    JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon says his bank blew billions of dollars on a reckless gamble--proving that casino capitalism is alive and well.

  • The new panic over the euro

    An unraveling economy in Spain, a deepening recession continent-wide, and elections in France and Greece have raised doubts about the latest bailout.

  • The impact of the EU bank rescue

    Massive loan interventions by the European Central Bank could provide breathing space to implement a revamped neoliberalism.

  • Pickpocketed at the pump

    Gas prices are on the rise again, leaving many working-class families with the choice of cutting back on other necessities or going further into debt.