CULTURE This Martin Luther King Day — Let’s Fight to Improve the Economic Plight of Black America

By the time of his death at the hands of an assassin’s bullet in 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., had shifted much of the focus of his activism to the issue of economic inequality. His belief that poverty was holding back American society as much as racism is what brought him to Memphis, where […]

Why Sanders’ Economic Plan Is Best For The 99 Percent

The Democratic presidential campaign – unlike the Republican circus – has actually produced a debate in which each candidate’s economic agenda has gotten better and more populist. But as you can see at, there are also big differences. Both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders agree that America’s long period of stagnant wages and growing […]

The Obama Report Card: What Grade Would You Give Him?

When Barack Obama ran for president in 2008 and 2012, he didn’t just run on hope and change. He made hundreds of promises, everything from changing the way CEOs are taxed to allowing Americans to buy prescription drugs abroad. Those and scores more didn’t happen. And he hasn’t really addressed some of the key issues that will […]

Reform Is Not Enough to Stem the Rising Tide of Inequality Worldwide

We are nearing 2016, the year when the richest 1 percent of humanity will own more than the rest of the world, according to projections made by thenongovernmental organization Oxfam. This is up from the 1 percent owning 44 percent of the world’s wealth in 2010 and 48 percent in 2014. If current trends continue, […]

The Mystery of the Vanishing Pay Raise

AMID the global economic turmoil and seesawing markets, millions of Americans have one overriding question: When will my pay increase arrive? The nation’s unemployment rate has fallen substantially since the end of the Great Recession, sliding to 5.1 percent from 10 percent in 2009, but wages haven’t accelerated upward, as many had expected. In fact, […]