Category Archives: Free market ideology

Fineman responds to the Porsche argument against maternity coverage

Lest you think free market economists give no thought to fairness — or have little compassion for underinsured Americans — Harvard Economist Greg Mankiw recently worried that purchasers of individual health insurance can no longer choose to forgo the luxury … Continue reading

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Distinguishing science from “market” power? Field notes on the political economy of academia

It’s become common wisdom in the U.S. that non-transparent big money largely drives elections, legislatures, regulatory agencies, and much of the judicial system, eroding the public trust and reinforcing perceptions that law and politics, as well as economics, operates largely … Continue reading

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Call for Papers and Participation in ClassCrits V: From Madison to Zuccotti Park: Confronting Class and Reclaiming the American Dream

This workshop, the fifth meeting of ClassCrits, takes on class and the American dream as its theme. The most quintessentially American trait may be our capacity to look past current misfortune and imagine a brighter future.  Americans love a “rags … Continue reading

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Photoessay: Occupy Oakland, 11/2/2011

A couple of snapshots of the “general strike” day. The mood in the crowd was peaceful and mellow and the smell of pot was everywhere (this is Oaksterdam, after all). In contrast to what the New York Times has reported … Continue reading

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Class Warfare Comes out of the Closet

By Lisa R. Pruitt David Stockman, Ronald Reagan’s former budget director, published an op-ed in the New York Times last month, “The Bipartisan March to Fiscal Madness.” Stockman begins: It is obvious that the nation’s desperate fiscal condition requires higher … Continue reading

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Market Success Means Market Failure

Martha McCluskey A revealing fact about class in the contemporary picture and example of the striking contradictions of dominant economic theory and policy comes from an excellent piece in today’s Truthout.  In a piece titled Arrogance and Authority, Financial policy … Continue reading

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The Identity Politics of Poverty

The financial markets may be up, but the experts all warn that for ordinary non-elites in the United States, the economic situation is likely to get worse before it gets better. Joblessness lingers, while states and municipalities cut their services … Continue reading

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