Economic inequality will make you a pessimist

Why It Matters Income Inequality

4 Charts that Show How Rising Income Inequality Increases Pessimism

SOURCE: AP/Evan Vucci

Occupy DC protesters watch morning commuters walk through McPherson Square in Washington on Monday, December 5, 2011. The income gap between the rich and everyone else is large and getting larger, while middle-class incomes stagnate. This has raised concerns that the nation’s middle class isn’t sharing in economic growth as it has in the past, and [...]

Jon Stewart and ‘The Daily Show’ Take on Mitt Romney and the 47 Percent… Of Course


Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Laurel Brown Senior Writer, BuddyTV


There are only a few things in this world we can depend on. Death. Taxes. Jon Stewart skewering a presidential candidate who makes a potentially career-ending statement on camera.So obviously Jon Stewart had to talk about Mitt Romney’s 47-percent statement on The Daily Show. What other choice did he have? And what other hilarious, insightful [...]

Van Jones on America’s Uprising: It’s Going To Be an Epic Battle

middle class fights back

Jones talked to AlterNet about the growing social movements for change, running real progressives in 2012, and how we can train a million new leaders. || October 4, 2011 ||

As the grassroots sit-ins and marches that originated as Occupy Wall Street spread to other cities, Van Jones, lead evangelist for the American Dream movement, took the stage Monday at a Washington, DC hotel where organizers of the [...]

A New American Revolution Class Warfare Accelerating, Democracy Losing Grip


By Paul B. Farrell ||

October 04, 2011 “MarketWatch” – SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Memo to the Super Rich, your high-paid lobbyists and your no-compromise political puppets whose sole mission is destroying the presidency: Yes, you are succeeding. You’re also killing the economy.

Thanks to your self-destructive ideology, America is [...]

‘Occupy Wall Street’ Harassed While Bankers Go Free


By David Weidner ||

October 03, 2011 – NEW YORK (MarketWatch) — It had to be a case of mistaken identity.

Protesters had been swarming Wall Street and Lower Manhattan for a week. There were at least six arrests the first day Occupy Wall Street camped out and chanted near the New York [...]

Class Warfare Indeed!



By Michael Parenti |

October 02, 2011 “Information Clearing House

– Over the last two decades or more, Republicans have been denouncing as “class warfare” any attempt at criticizing and restraining their mean one-sided system of capitalist financial expropriation.

The [...]

Class Warfare: Bring It On!


By Richard Reeves ||

LOS ANGELES—President Obama came out here last Tuesday to proclaim himself a “warrior for the middle class.” Would that it were true.

In a similar situation to what we have today—that is the rich get richer and the poor (and middle class) get poorer—President Franklin Roosevelt said of what used to be called plutocrats: “I welcome their hatred.”

I’m not sure that Obama, the rationalist [...]

Real Class War Is Working to Keep Those Below You Down

Tax cut bully

by: Joshua Holland, AlterNet | Op-Ed |

Contrary to popular belief, the United States is not a meritocracy, and amid cries of class warfare, Americans are getting the worst of both worlds.

That conservatives are greeting the deficit reduction package Barack Obama presented on Monday – one that includes a new minimum tax on millionaires – with howls of ‘class warfare’ is as predictable as the sun rising in the [...]

80 arrested at ‘Occupy Wall Street’ protest


| staff and news service reports updated 9/24/2011 10:12:53 PM ET  |    

Police corral marchers near stock exchange; demonstration enters 2nd week

Police arrested about 80 demonstrators near the New York Stock Exchange on Saturday as they marched through lower Manhattan.

The “Occupy Wall Street” protest is entering its second week. Several hundred protesters have been camped out at New York’s private Zucotti Park, blocks [...]

When Will Wall Street Call For More Federal Spending?


|| — By Robert Reich — September 22, 2011 ||

The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped another 3 percent today as Wall Street metabolized the truth most Americans already know: We’re in a recession. The “double dip” has arrived.

Most Americans never really emerged from the Great Recession anyway.

We can get out of this recession but not via the Fed’s “quantitative easing” alone. When consumers can’t spend and [...]