United States

Re-Capturing the American Dream: How to Restore Middle Class America

For most middle class Americans, the dream of a stable, well-paying job is a fiction of a past long-departed. With the arrival of the modern system of flexible labor, working class America has waved goodbye to the economic prosperity championed by its forefathers—and begrudgingly welcomed an economy marked by stagnant income levels, dismal prospects of […]

We Need a New Way of Thinking About Inequality

When Paul Douglas and Charles Cobb developed their famous production function, they had the right instinct: keep it simple. Output, according to Cobb and Douglas, could be modeled by capital and labor inputs multiplied by an adjustment variable—the “total factor of productivity”—which accounted mainly for changes in technology. For simplicity’s sake (recall that there were […]

Republicans: See Something? Say Something.

The Department of Homeland Security has a motto: “If you see something, say something.” Well, we’ve seen quite a bit over the last month and Republicans in Congress have said next to nothing. The Russian government has interfered with our election. There is evidence that President Trump’s campaign team had unsavory discussions with Russian officials […]

Water: The Underlying Infrastructure Crisis

The first things that come to mind at the word “infrastructure” are roads and bridges. But access to clean water is one of the most important infrastructural resources needed to sustain human life and develop large population centers. However, many voters don’t consider clean water access or other related environmental issues, with the exception of […]

The Next DNC Chair Won’t Save the Democratic Party

Most Democrats have yet to learn the central lesson of the 2016 election: grassroots organizing only works for candidates who have real grassroots support.

The Fight for D.C. Statehood Enters the Trump Era

  “Taxation without representation is tyranny” is perhaps one of the most iconic phrases of the American Revolution. It artfully combined indignation towards the oppressive British government and the patriot belief in representative democracy. Today, over 200 years later, the phrase is proudly displayed on license plates in Washington, D.C., the center of political power […]