A Political and Literary Forum
A sweeping new history of U.S. capitalism finds that economic gains have always been driven by the state.
Justin H. Vassallo
Mainstream economics ignores the massive government interventions that “free market” capitalism requires.
Robert Pollin, Gerald Epstein
For economist Albert O. Hirschman, social planning entailed creative experimentation rather than theoretical certainty.
Private insurance companies have long dominated the provision of social security in the United States, but resistance is growing.
How a grassroots movement of farmers laid the foundation for state intervention in the economy, challenging the slaveholding South in the run-up to the Civil War.
Chris Hong, Robert Manduca, Nic Johnson
The American Jobs Plan mirrors past efforts at affordable housing that contributed to our problems and failed Black Americans. We need to take housing out of the private market.
Gianpaolo Baiocchi, H. Jacob Carlson
Direct payments to families should replace backdoor tax breaks, which obscure the failures of capitalism to sustain social reproduction.
Two timely new books unmask the colossal shipping industry behind global trade, whose monstrous pursuit of profit has long wreaked havoc on laborers and the seas they sail through.
A conversation with Heather C. McGhee about the zero-sum thinking that has long dominated American attitudes to race and wealth—and how to organize to secure public goods for everyone.
Heather C. McGhee, Archon Fung
More restrictive immigration policies won’t solve declining wages and living standards.
Unions are just one element of a broader push to transform the company. Coalitions forged during the pandemic point the way forward—with a radical vision of worker and community control.
Why the left’s turn from higher education has coincided with a newfound conservative appreciation for it.
Noam Chomsky on his new book, the Capitol coup attempt, 2020 unrest, and the prospects for progress under Biden.
Noam Chomsky, David Barsamian
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Andrew L. Croxford
Samuel Miller McDonald
Jonathan M. Metzl
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