Tax Is Not a Four-Letter Word

Light at the End of the Tunnel

Ironically it is in the anti-tax U.S. that a conversation has erupted on taxes. Warren Buffett and a few other billionaires helped open the door, if only a crack, and President Obama has, finally, made taxing the rich a key means of funding his jobs plan. In the context of all that is happening now … Continue reading

Double Movement: the resurgence of neoliberalism and inequality

Neoliberal soulmates: Reagan and Thatcher

This is the month for taking stock of the year that passed and imagining what the year before us may hold.  For me, two broad and contradictory trends have emerged which just might shape politics and policy in 2011: the extraordinary resilience of neoliberal ideology and the reemergence of inequality as a defining public issue. Recall … Continue reading

Equality

Equal, by Mustafa Celikel

What would you think if someone could show that they knew just what it would take to improve our physical and mental health, reduce crime and violence, increase civic trust and participation, reduce teenage pregnancy and drug abuse?  What if they could show you that this was also the recipe for greater upward mobility based … Continue reading

Bowling Together: An Exchange on Citizenship

The Big Lebowski: Bowling and Community?

Here is the third installment of the extended conversation with Scott Payne on democracy and citizenship. SCOTT PAYNE Now, you know that I am strongly in favour of the idea you have expressed that we need to close the gap between citizens and their government as a means of revitalizing our democracy. And I am … Continue reading

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