Economy

  • Trade Wars, Episode I: The Empire Lashes Out

    The Trump administration's march down the path toward economic confrontation with China could make the world an even more dangerous place.

  • The sorry tale of a Wall Street gamble gone bad

    An obscure niche of Wall Street based on betting against market volatility shows the absurdity of a system where greed is king.

  • How the global 1 Percent rips off the world

    The massive inequality between the global haves and have-nots is further proof of how capitalism fails the millions who make it run.

  • The robber barons of Silicon Valley

    Like their Gilded Age predecessors, today's tech billionaires use their wealth and power to wring profit from workers in the U.S. and around the world.

  • Does the Bitcoin frenzy make any sense at all?

    The craze for the "crypto-currency" called Bitcoins says a lot about the irrationality of a system where profit comes before all else.

  • Protesting a bad sequel to NAFTA

    The renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement could spell more exploitation, especially of Mexico workers.

  • What's the agenda behind Trumponomics?

    A quarrelsome alliance of economic nationalists, China-fearing industrial bosses and some prominent bankers are forging a new U.S. economic strategy.

  • Facing a fake clinic escort in NYC

    Anti-choice bigots are pretending to be escorts in front of women's clinics, and they can't be allowed to spread their lies.

  • Has Trump made the economy great again?

    The stock market has been on a tear since the election, but that doesn't mean the economy is poised for takeoff, with plenty of jobs, as Trump promised.

  • The rise of the bad jobs economy

    Work with irregular hours, variable earnings and temporary status is becoming more common than ever--and it's fueling working-class discontent.

  • Looking out for number 1 Percent

    Donald Trump won votes by promising to create jobs, but his economic agenda will ultimately make him even more unpopular.

  • What happened after the oil price crash?

    Two years after the oil price crash, some certainties remain: a world of environmental chaos and oil-fuelled imperialist conflict.

  • Still caught in the can't-catch-up economy

    The media seized on a Census Bureau report to declare that "America got a raise" in 2015--but a closer look at the numbers tells another story.

  • The canyon between the rich and the rest of us

    A new book by Michael Yates that takes stock of the human cost of inequality concludes that as bad as we think it is, the reality is worse.

  • How the ruling class rules

    The Panama Papers offer a glimpse into the methods used by the rich to maintain their wealth and power over the rest of us.

  • Capital crimes from Panama to Delaware

    The shadowy world of tax shelters and shell corporations stretches to the U.S.--and most of it is perfectly legal, despite the deadly consequences.

  • A casino where the rest of us lose

    The success of the movie The Big Short has focused attention on Michael Lewis' book and its explanation of Wall Street's crimes.

  • The ugly secret hidden behind Seattle's boom

    Growing prosperity for some in Seattle has come at the expense of desperation for others, including a state of emergency around homelessness.

  • Can the U.S. escape the slump?

    Unemployment is at its lowest level since the Great Recession struck, but that doesn't mean the U.S. is immune to the global slowdown.

  • The economic crisis and political polarization

    Almost a decade after the Great Recession, the world economy remains in a weakened state, and that has fed political instability.

  • What you need to know about the oil price war

    The impact of falling demand and increasing supply is driving the price of oil down far and fast--with devastating and unlooked-for consequences.

  • The rise of the 0.0001 percent

    Forget about the 1 Percent for a minute--let’s look at the filthiest of the filthy rich and see how they get their wealth.

  • The reign of the Bankocracy goes on

    While workers pay the price for the last crisis caused by the 1 Percent, governments are doing nothing to stop the next one.

  • The feel-lousy economy

    The government's official statistics show that the U.S. economy is performing decently. So why does it feel like it's all bad news to workers?

  • VW chose profit over the planet

    Volkswagen got caught--but it's not the first and won't be the last corporation to pursue profit with a sociopathic intensity.