Workers Before Investors

Hamilton Nolan · 07/01/16 11:05AM

Management experts speak of every company as having “stakeholders”—all of the different people affected by what a company does. If you can rearrange the hierarchy of stakeholders, you can change the world.

Populism, Look Left

Hamilton Nolan · 06/27/16 11:15AM

For years, people have been warning that inequality is growing. Now we are beginning to see tangible political consequences. There is no reason that populist anger must devolve into right wing nationalism. The opportunity now is so much greater than that.

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.

Strikes Still Work

Hamilton Nolan · 05/31/16 09:08AM

For the vast majority of working Americans, wages have been almost flat for the past 35 years. How can regular working people get more money? Organize. And strike.

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?

Republicans Will Fall in Line

Hamilton Nolan · 03/03/16 02:10PM

Right now, the “Republican establishment” is busy wringing its hands over what can be done to stop Donald Trump. Do not be deceived. When the time comes, they will all fall in line with Donald Trump.

Give Everyone Money

Hamilton Nolan · 02/24/16 02:53PM

The economy, both at home and abroad, needs stimulating. Governments have been trying to do this since the 2008 recession, without full success. Is it time to just... give everyone some money?

Political Reporters Know Nothing

Hamilton Nolan · 02/10/16 12:35PM

I just got back from several days in New Hampshire, attending political rallies across the state and observing thousands of voters in their natural habitat. What have I learned about what will happen in the presidential race? Nothing!

Bunch of Dudes to Decide If Utah Should Tax Tampons

Allie Jones · 02/10/16 09:35AM

The relatively conservative state of Utah will introduce to committee today a bill to remove taxes on tampons and other feminine products, following five other states that have recently nixed taxes on such goods. Unfortunately, the fate of the Utah bill rests in the hands of men.

If This Terrible Primary Season Goes On Like This, People Might Actually Have to Vote

Tom Scocca · 01/19/16 06:34PM

This morning’s New York Times had two front-page stories about politics that were really one story. One was about the fact that Republicans who identify as evangelical Christians are rallying behind the aggressively impious figure of Donald Trump. The other was about how Hillary Clinton’s campaign is desperately trying to get ready for a prolonged state-by-state nominating contest against Bernie Sanders.

The Republican Party Is a Trick 

Hamilton Nolan · 12/30/15 03:27PM

Though we wish it were not so, America has a two-party political system. Both parties share many of the same bad qualities. But one is unique, in that it is a machine made of fraud.