Tagged: Globalization

The America-First Fallacy

The America-First Fallacy

The right-wing propaganda machine has suddenly discovered the evils of globalization, and the Republicans are closing ranks around the isolationist promises that helped win Trump the presidency. The concept is nonsensical, of course. America’s wealth...

Who is to Blame for the Bangladesh Tragedy?

Who is to Blame for the Bangladesh Tragedy?

When you crowd 1,500 workers into a sweatshop with too few exits, setting them up behind jerry-rigged sewing machines amid a cloud of fabric dust (photo above, right), you shouldn’t be surprised if a...

The Rich Won’t Need us Much Longer, Dr. Stiglitz

The Rich Won’t Need us Much Longer, Dr. Stiglitz

I read a scholarly article recently by an economist I respect, Nobel winner Joseph Stiglitz. He made a compelling case for the rich helping the rest of us for “selfish” reasons. The argument was well...

Lightbulb! I Figured out What’s Going on – I Think

Lightbulb! I Figured out What’s Going on – I Think

You’ve probably figured it out for yourself. I have a tendency to reinvent the wheel. But just in case you’ve been too busy to think about the global revolution that’s taking place, here’s my...

Bye, Bye, Miss American Pie. The Day the Music Died

Bye, Bye, Miss American Pie. The Day the Music Died

It may be the fact that I am in my own twilight that makes me see America’s decline so clearly. The robust land that I read about while growing up in Jamaica is no...

The Puzzling Logic of America’s Debate on Taxes

The Puzzling Logic of America’s Debate on Taxes

I don’t hear anyone claiming that there is no need for taxes. Everyone agrees that countries must have revenue. Someone has to pay for the roads and schools and so on. But nobody likes...

In Any Gambling Den, the House Gets a Share

In Any Gambling Den, the House Gets a Share

I’ve been thinking about the Wall Street gamblers and their reluctance to share their winnings with the rest of us. Perhaps President Obama should put it to them this way: Look guys, you used...

Whatever Happened to the Labor in Labor Day?

Whatever Happened to the Labor in Labor Day?

It’s the first Monday in September, and for decades the date was marked by parades celebrating the contribution of working men and women to the American and Canadian societies.  Today, it’s just another holiday....

Neither Party is Leading the U.S. to Prosperity

Neither Party is Leading the U.S. to Prosperity

I voted for Barack Obama in 2008. And I’ll vote for him again in 2012. But that doesn’t mean I agree with everything he does. Far from it. I am an Independent who usually...

President Obama Walks a Re-election Tightrope

President Obama Walks a Re-election Tightrope

I suppose it was naive of me to believe that Barack Obama would – make that could – keep his promise of Hope and Change. But I wanted so much for it to be...