Fate has been unkind to the United States. The nation is grappling simultaneously with a pandemic that has claimed the lives of more than 136,000; the most severe economic downturn since the Great Depression; and mind-numbing police brutality, which has generated the largest outpouring of grief and anger against systemic racism in memory.
Donald Trump said last week’s jobs report, which showed an uptick in June, proves the economy is “roaring back.”
Rubbish. The Labor Department gathered the data during the week of June 12, when America was reporting 25,000 new cases of Covid-19 per day. By the time the report was issued last week, that figure was 55,000.
The economy isn�...Read more
Donald Trump will do anything to be re-elected. His opponents are limited because they believe in democracy. Trump has no limits because he doesn’t.
Here’s Trump’s re-election playbook, in 25 simple steps:
1. Declare yourself above the law.
2. Use racist fearmongering. Demand “law and order” and describe protesters as “thugs,” �...Read more
Some societies center on social control, others on social investment.
Social-control societies put substantial resources into police, prisons, surveillance, immigration enforcement and the military. Their purpose is to utilize fear, punishment and violence to maintain what they consider order.
Social-investment societies put more resources ...Read more
Jamie Dimon, chief executive of JPMorgan Chase, took a knee last week before cameras at a branch of his bank. Larry Fink, CEO of giant investment fund BlackRock, politics/fromtheleft/robertbreich/s-2374071">Read more
History teaches that mass protests against oppression can lead either to liberation or brutal repression.
This past week, Donald Trump bet his political future on repression. Much of the rest of America, on the other hand, wants to liberate black people from police brutality and centuries of systemic racism.
As of this writing, it looks like ...Read more
You’d be forgiven if you hadn’t noticed. His verbal bombshells are louder than ever, but Donald J. Trump is no longer president of the United States.
By having no constructive response to any of the monumental crises now convulsing America, Trump has abdicated his office.
He is not governing. He’s golfing, watching cable TV and tweeting....Read more
Most of Europe and all 50 of America’s states are in various stages of “reopening.” But why, exactly?
The pandemic is still with us. After the first tentative steps to ease the lockdown in Germany — the most successful large European country in halting the spread of the virus thanks to massive testing — the disease has shown signs of ...Read more
As America reopens for business, you might expect Jeff Bezos, the richest man in America, and his Amazon corporation, one of the most profitable corporations in America, to set the corporate standard for how to protect the health of American workers.
Amazon’s warehouses have become COVID-19 hotspots, yet Amazon has repeatedly ...Read more
No other nation has endured as much death from COVID-19 nor nearly as a high a death rate as has the United States.
With 4.25 percent of the world population, America has the tragic distinction of accounting for nearly 30 percent of pandemic deaths so far.
And it is the only advanced nation where the death rate is still climbing. Three ...Read more