Uline, Where the Boss Wishes Employees Watched More Fox News

Hamilton Nolan · 06/15/16 12:15PM

People who work for privately owned companies—even very big ones—are often subject to their bosses’ political whims. For employees of a major Midwestern industrial company, that means regularly being preached to by owners known as the Illinois version of the Koch brothers.

Lobbying Is a Good Investment

Hamilton Nolan · 06/13/16 09:58AM

In our American oligarchy, political influence is, broadly speaking, for sale. A new study confirms a straightforward relationship between corporate lobbying and higher profits.

Warren Buffett Is the Best Argument for Capitalism. Is It Good Enough? 

Hamilton Nolan · 05/05/16 10:55AM

As the “Empire State of Mind” beat filled the packed CenturyLink Arena in Omaha, the chorus slid in: “At Berkshire, financial strength is what dreams are made of, there’s nothing you can’t dooooo….” The white, middle-aged crowd of investors jammed. Is this is the humble setting from which champions arise?

Hamilton Nolan · 04/19/16 04:14PM

Target is reportedly raising its minimum wage to $10 an hour, following a similar announcement by Walmart last year. This will not satisfy the “$15 an hour” movement, but it’s nice to see Target forced to do something (minimally) nice for its long-suffering workers.

Hamilton Nolan · 01/22/16 09:15AM

A judge has ruled that Walmart must offer to rehire 16 workers that the company illegally fired in 2013 after they participated in a strike at Walmart headquarters. Stop acting like Walmart, Walmart.