Commentary

Senior Program Director of Public Works: the Demos Center for the Public Sector Michael Lipsky outlines how Starbucks, the automakers, and others, as signaled by their complaints about healthcare as a cost of production, are becoming allies in the decades-long struggle for national health insurance.

Everyone knows that America`s healthcare bills are rising. Since 2000 they have been increasing at about three times the rate of inflation.

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Senior Fellow Rich Benjamin discusses how assassins killed Martin Luther King Jr. as he began his most challenging campaign of all: the fight against inequality of capital and opportunity. Benjamin writes how racial segregation, while endemic to our history, is indeed un-American. Economic inequality is pretty much apple pie; it's taken less seriously by elected leaders, and it has grown more pronounced since King's assassination.

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Senior Fellow George Packer explains what it really takes to promote democracy abroad — multilateralism and patience.

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Americans owe $800 billion in credit card debt, more than triple the amount from 1989, and a 31 percent increase from five years ago, according to a recent report, "The Plastic Safety Net," by the Center for Responsible Lending, and Demos, a research group based in New York.
 
The study found that a third of low- and middle-income American households used credit cards for basic expenses - rent, groceries and utilities - in any 4 of the last 12 months.
 

Those with the worst credit card debt were people ages 50 to 64, who owed $9,124

Senior Fellow Jennifer Wheary comments on the latest strategy by Wal-Mart, demonstrating that if Wal-Mart stays wrapped up in the media spin and ignores the full range of evidence offered by the independent researchers, the company will fall far short of the ideals it espouses.

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Senior Fellow Sasha Abramsky tackles how taser guns have become a favored control device for local law-enforcement officers, but something's gone wrong with this "nonlethal" weapon. In Sacramento, the dead bodies are mounting and news reports from around the country, as well as a growing number of lawsuits, suggest it is often precisely the people most at risk of fatal complications who get Tasered.

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Senior Fellow Nomi Prins tackles the House Committee on Education and the Workforce in revisiting a bill from the summer that cut $8.7 billion from higher education financial assistance programs. Prins outlines how slicing programs hits hardest those who most require aid, contributing to the growing chasm in opportunity for millions of Americans.

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Tamara Draut, Director of the Economic Opportunity Program, exposes the truth behind the new Bankruptcy Bill. A new national household survey, sponsored by Demos and the Center for Responsible Lending, found that households are using credit cards when the car breaks down, when they lose a job or to pay for medical care — not for careless spending. Rather than cracking down on average hardworking Americans, Congress needs to stop the abusive practices of the credit card industry.

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Kudos to Sasha Abramsky for proving that western empire has not caused Islamic empire seekers to murder us at random.
 
Progressives, however, should go further than being saddened "by how utterly incapable were those same arguments of generating responses to the fanaticism of our time."

Senior Fellow Sasha Abramsky outlines how the stakes are too high for progressives to underestimate the threats posed by groups such as Al Qaeda. Abramsky discusses how the left needs to grapple with the challenges facing the Open Society, and not risk sapping the will of liberal countries to stand up to totalitarian-think.

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