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Here We Go Again: Why the Trans-Pacific Partnership Won’t Fix Anything

Current trade agreements are great at creating more billionaires, not so much at protecting the interests of workers. 

(This commentary was originally published by YES! Magazine on April 13, 2018.)

On Thursday, President Trump flipped his position on the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement, suggesting the U.S. might want to rejoin the pact. His announcement […]

2018-04-17T12:07:49+00:00 April 13th, 2018|Categories: Global Economy, Trade, YES! Column|

Taking MLK’s Message Global

The civil rights icon saw economic issues to be intertwined with racial justice. Today’s globalized economy makes justice that much harder to achieve. 

(This commentary was originally published by YES! Magazine on April 6, 2018)

On April 3, 1968, the day before his assassination, Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech. He […]

2018-04-06T18:20:04+00:00 April 6th, 2018|Categories: Global Economy, Justice, YES! Column|

Tariffs Aren’t a Terrible Idea – If They’re About Well-Being of People, Not Corporations

Tariffs on imports could be part of reorienting the global economy. Now is a good time to talk about it.

(This commentary was originally published by YES! Magazine on March 19, 2018.)

Those who pay attention to trade and economics saw President Trump’s imposition of new tariffs—25 percent on steel and 10 percent on aluminum—as just […]

2018-03-19T14:40:54+00:00 March 19th, 2018|Categories: Corporate Rule, Trade, YES! Column|

Why There Is (Some) Hope for Wall Street

Some CEOs are getting the message that even though the economy is growing, they need to serve their communities, too.

(This commentary was originally published by YES! Magazine on February 20, 2018.)

Laurence D. Fink, founder and chief executive of BlackRock, the world’s largest institutional investor, recently set the financial world abuzz with a 

2018-02-21T17:19:42+00:00 February 21st, 2018|Categories: Community, Corporate Rule, Global Economy, Wall Street, YES! Column|

When Economic Growth Indicates Failure

For the well-being of most everyone – including the rich – equality is more important than growth. 

(This commentary was originally published by YES! Magazine, January 19, 2018)

Nothing can be duller than listening to an economist or other policy expert pontificate endlessly on such metrics as gross domestic product, stock market prices, employment, […]

2018-05-03T03:59:10+00:00 January 19th, 2018|Categories: Inequality, YES! Column|

The Democracy Imperative

There is one cause that can and must unite us all. 

(Originally published by YES! Magazine, October 11, 2017)

The Las Vegas massacre focused national attention once again on the National Rifle Association’s ability to thwart democracy and the desire of an overwhelming majority of Americans, […]

2017-10-11T17:23:03+00:00 October 11th, 2017|Categories: Democracy, YES! Column|

Let’s Talk About What We Really Want From Tax Reform

The Trump/Republican tax cut proposal is an opportunity to discuss how to redistribute wealth and power. 

(Originally published by YES! Magazine, October 4, 2017)

As Donald Trump and the Republicans turn national attention to their tax reform agenda, we confront a debate defined by familiar questions. Will the proposed tax code […]

2017-10-05T13:50:15+00:00 October 5th, 2017|Categories: YES! Column|

For the Love of Earth

The Earth mother that birthed and nurtures us may now need us as much as we need her. 

(Originally published by YES! Magazine, August 23, 2017)

On July 9, New York magazine published “The Uninhabitable Earth,” a worst-case climate change scenario suggesting that our current human course may produce an unlivable future for Earth. A […]

2017-08-24T13:06:41+00:00 August 23rd, 2017|Categories: YES! Column|