Tocqueville taught that restless private obsessions would degrade civic commitments close to home.
The American Conservative, By Patrick J. Deneen, September 12
If there are two things that one is likely to hear from college faculty today, they are that 1. Students are too careerist, and 2. We need a more democratic society. They worry [...]
A trove of secret documents details the US government’s global push for shale gas.
Mother Jones, By Mariah Blake, September/October ’14
One icy morning in February 2012, Hillary Clinton’s plane touched down in the Bulgarian capital, Sofia, which was just digging out from a fierce blizzard. Wrapped in a thick coat, the secretary of state [...]
Esquire, By Charlie Pierce, August 6
To paraphrase from my grandmother, the former shepherd lass from the hills and hollows of north Kerry, who the fck is Campbell Brown when she’s at home?
Well, on the basics, she’s from Ferriday, Louisiana, the hometown of Jerry Lee Lewis, and she graduated from Regis University in Denver [...]
…I would have laughed in your face. But it did:
Why abandon K-Street, and acknowledge, then reject, the Big Business perception of the GOP? They’ve had the Republican Party’s back for some time, right? In the past, the largest companies favored one party over the other because they understood a pro-capitalist, low-regulation government benefits [...]
The Bitter Truth Behind the Gospel of Productivity
VQR, By Esther Kaplan, Summer 2014
When Lisa Norris was a kid in Cookeville, Tennessee, her father worked at Acme Boots, and that plant and her childhood were intertwined. One of her earliest memories is of wandering around the factory among bins of leather, breathing in the [...]
And remember how they supported unions, the (informed) workers supported unions, and hell, most of America wanted to see those plants opening up here because, jobs? And it was only a small handful of conservative morons who were all Socialism!!!!!, which of course neglects the fact that the same “socialism” was expanding production into [...]
Naked Capitalism, By Yves Smith, July 7
The mortgage beat has been quiet of late, but I must confess to being remiss in writing up two recent losses suffered by MERS. One of the big reasons that MERS has taken comparatively few losses in court is that it has often settled cases where it looked [...]
Naked Capitalism, By Lambert Strether, June 29
I cruised by Scotusblog today and saw this note:
At 9:30 a.m. on Monday we expect orders from the June 27 Conference, followed by the opinions at 10:00 a.m. We will begin live-blogging at this link at approximately 9:15. The only remaining undecided cases of the Term [...]
CNN, By Josh MacIntosh, June 9
Your mother and I are so proud that in less than a week you’ll be graduating college, and from my alma mater, no less! So this seems an opportune moment to share some thoughts about what you might look for in a career. And as luck would have [...]
Check Out Sasol’s Energy Complex in Lake Charles, La.
The Wall Street Journal, By Dennis Berman, May 27
Start with exotic Nazi technology, take a detour with South African apartheidists, and add a bit role for Iranian imams. What you have is—what else? —one of the most improbable and important American business stories of the [...]
TruthOut/PRWatch, By Jay Riestenberg & Mary Bottari, June 5
As the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2014 session comes to a close, one of the major cases left for a decision is Harris vs. Quinn,which could effect millions of public sector workers in the United States.
The case originates in Illinois, where home health care workers have [...]
I guess I can’t embed the video…, so here is a link to it:
Bill Moyers with Joseph Stiglitz
I don’t usually miss Bill Moyers on Friday night…, but I was watching one of the all-time great teams clicking on all twelve cylinders…, and couldn’t tear myself away. Even though the game was a blowout. [...]
This is going to be an interesting and intriguing visit to Cooperstown by President Obama today:
WASHINGTON (AP) – Promoting travel to the U.S. as a job creator, President Barack Obama is planning new steps to make it easier for people from other countries to visit the 50 states and spend money [...]
(Reuters)- Joseph and Neidin Henard thought they had finally fixed the mortgage that was crushing them.
In January, the couple reached a settlement with every company that had a stake in the mortgage on their house in Santa Cruz, California, a deal that would have slashed their monthly payment by almost 40 percent to $3,337. [...]
Reuters, By Jonathan Spicer & Svea Herbst-Bayliss, May 16
New York / Boston – In a series of quarter-million-dollar dinners with wealthy private investors, Ben Bernanke has been clearer than he ever was as chairman of the Federal Reserve on his expectations that easy-money policies and below-normal interest rates are here for a long time [...]