Stewart Acuff

Sep 16

American Nobel Laureate on the Failure of Capitalism

It is so heartening to see the growing discussion of inequality focusing on the failure of capitalism or the class war instead some kind of economic anomaly that will somehow “correct” itself. American Nobel economist

Sep 11

The Economic Non-Recovery

The jobs recovered since the Wall Street blow-up and the Great Recession are much, much lower paying than the jobs destroyed by the Wall Street blow-up. Until and unless we address the roots of the

Sep 9

Higher Wages Are Good for Business

If you’re reading this blog, chances are that you know basement level wages are bad for workers, bad for business, and ultimately bad for America. Low wages don’t just starve people, they starve both

Sep 5

Courage

I have been so happy to see a Labor Day article on Jared Bernstein’s blog that cuts right to the heart of what is wrong with the American economy, and by extension, the lives

Sep 3

Forge-like heat

In the daily intensity of forge-like heat The daily triage of meetings and buses and trains And yes I hate them, planes And the million what-ifs doubt Sometimes I think now in older years It is the delicious reset

Aug 15

Changing Lives, Changing America

We need a huge movement in America to reclaim democracy and make our economy work for everyone. But building movements means changing minds, hearts, and lives. As a way to do that, the Tennessee labor movement

Aug 11

The Minimum Wage Does Not Kill Jobs

The evidence continues to roll in that increasing the minimum wage does not kill jobs. In fact, raising the minimum wage creates jobs. Both Goldman Sachs and the Center for Economic Policy have done similar

Aug 6

Delaying Action on Greenhouse Gases Will Hurt the US Economy

Delaying action on greenhouse gases will have a very negative effect on the US economy in the near future. The White House Council of Economic Advisers predicts that every decade of delay to cut greenhouse

Jun 3

Fighting Inequality

Two well known economists have recently written about the terrible income and wealth inequality. This inequality builds on itself, taking the wealth we create to only the very top of our society while our

Feb 19

Raising the Minimum Wage, Raising America

The Congressional Budget Office released it’s report yesterday on the anticipated effects of an increase in the minimum wage. 16.5 million people would get a much needed raise. “CBO also found that raising the

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