Oct 1 2015

‘We Could Have All These Drugs Available at Generic Prices’

CounterSpin interview with Dean Baker about why medicine costs so much

Dean Baker (cc photo: Keith Ivey)

“We don’t think it makes sense to have the fire department come down to your house when it’s on fire and your family is inside, then negotiate how much you should pay them. And that’s in effect what we’ve done with drugs.”

Sep 15 2015

New Yorker Calls Corbyn ‘Childlike’–but Who Are They Kidding?

Jeremy Corbyn (photo: Rob Stothard/Getty Images)

What the Labour Party’s Jeremy Corbyn is proposing is directly financing spending by printing money. If that is “childlike,” then folks like Paul Krugman have a similar affinity for childlike solutions to economic problems.

Sep 8 2015

Does Your Candidate Support Workers’ Interests? David Brooks Thinks You Have a Psychological Problem

Bernie Sanders supporters in Phoenix, Arizona (cc photo: Gage Skidmore)

The more important question ignored in Brooks’ analysis is how people are supposed to respond when the party they have supported consistently pursues policies at odds with fundamental principles of their core constituencies.

Sep 1 2015

The Washington Post and the Federal Reserve Cult

Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago (photo: TonyTheTiger/Wikimedia)

According to Federal Reserve Board cultists, the Fed sets interest rate policy solely for the good of the country. Those of us who live in the reality-based community know that the Fed is hugely responsive to the interests of the financial sector.

Aug 24 2015

The Stock Market Is Not the Economy

Shanghai Stock Exchange (cc photo: Aaron Goodman)

The stock market is not even in principle supposed to be a measure of economic activity. It is supposed to represent the present value of future profits.

Aug 3 2015

‘Puerto Rico Is an Artificial Economy’

CounterSpin interview with Ed Morales on Puerto Rican debt crisis

Ed Morales

“Economically, Puerto Rico is almost like a wholly owned subsidiary of the US economy, and various laws inhibit it from making decisions to develop their own economy.”

Jul 16 2015

The Minimum Wage–and Other Left Ideas Washington Post Might Find ‘Lame’

Scott Walker (photo: State of Wisconsin)

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker denounced the left for not having any real ideas for workers. In his Washington Post column The Fix, Philip Bump largely endorsed this perspective.

Jul 10 2015

Costas Panayotakis on Greek ‘No’ Vote, Rachel Nolan on Dominican Displacement

New York Post: Greek Tragedy

The New York Post headline “Greek Tragedy: Nation Commits Economic Suicide” was only yelling what was spoken elsewhere: that Greek voters invited ruin with their “No” vote on an austerity referendum.