“When this November we elect the people to lead our country, maybe 40 percent or even fewer will go to vote. Is it too late to stop this disgrace?” In this piece on BloombergView, Tom Geoghegan proposes some solutions to low voter turnout.
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For one of the country’s greatest orators, Martin Luther King Jr. rarely gets his say on labor. It’s as if some keepers of his flame don’t want to hear him say that we are not free at last until labor can check capital. Yet even they must know, if only dimly, that the March on(…)
My editorial in the Akron Beacon Journal. CHICAGO: As a lawyer I work for people like you — people who lose their health insurance, or who are fired because they’re sick. Sometimes they’re people who never dreamed they’d get whacked, but the boss walks in, and poof, they’re gone. Our little law firm represents people(…)
If U.S. President Barack Obama wins re-election, let him thank his lucky stars that entitlements are out of control. If Medicare was capped and couldn’t shoot up automatically, unemployment would probably be in double digits
From the New Press… Tired of working ’til you drop and not going anywhere? Try to imagine your life in a full-blown European social democracy—especially the German version. In an idiosyncratic, entertaining travelogue written in a “chatty, anecdotal style [that’s] appealingly digressive and winning” (Publishers Weekly), Thomas Geoghegan explains the appeal of “boring” Germany, where workers sit as(…)
In the U.S., the over 43 million people living in poverty aren’t going to save. We have an inequality index that can go head to head with Egypt’s. Of course food’s cheaper here, so no one’s in the streets. As for the middle class, the collapse of unions explains the rest.