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A sweeping new history of U.S. capitalism finds that economic gains have always been driven by the state.
Justin H. Vassallo
Boston Review talks with Nobel Prize-winning economist Angus Deaton about COVID-19, the relationship between culture, financial hardship, and health, and why capitalism’s flaws are proving fatal for America’s working class.
Joshua Cohen, Angus Deaton
A new geoeconomic order is creating opportunities for organizing along supply chains.
Conservatives have long been sounding the alarm about “undeserving” people receiving public assistance. These fears have deep ties to racism and the policing of black women’s bodies.
Scott W. Stern
Mortality rates typically fall during economic downturns. But the unprecedented features of the COVID-19 shutdown suggest that trend might not hold this time.
Sarah Burgard, Lucie Kalousova
Germany's low death rate and quick payout of relief to workers makes a case for social democracy as preparedness.
Despite President Bolsonaro's COVID-19 denialism, a small Brazilian city has one of the most ambitious responses in the world.
Paul R. Katz, Leandro Ferreira
For the sake of justice and democracy, we need a progressive wealth tax.
Emmanuel Saez, Gabriel Zucman
COVID-19 is having a disproportionate effect among vulnerable populations.
COVID-19 has exposed the fragility of our labor markets just as much as the fragility of our public health and welfare systems. As we take the economy out of its induced coma, we should ask what kinds of jobs we want and need.
While the government and some banks have announced mortgage moratoriums, they have not insisted that rent relief be passed on to tenants. Many renters don’t know what they will do come April 1, let alone May 1.
The battle over the bailout—set to be delivered through a once-obscure Treasury Department mechanism called the Exchange Stabilization Fund—has only just begun.
Andrew Elrod, Mark Engler
We face an economic crisis not least because the rules of corporate governance slight workers and preclude economic resiliency. We must reform them now.
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