Commentary

Senior Fellow Sasha Abramsky explores what happens to already economically depressed, deindustrialized rural communities when gas prices suddenly skyrocket and workers struggle to get by on $7 or $8 an hour jobs. In these areas, driving isn't a choice, it's a necessity — people are now spending a huge percentage of their small incomes or borrowing money to get to work.

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Last month, we marked the 40th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act. The act was a victory for the civil rights movement and added momentum to the War on Poverty. Together, these efforts initiated decades of progress.

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Senior Fellow Sasha Abramsky discusses how America's small-town psychology is changing post-9/11. Effort to create illusory appearances of security through public actions such as the Border Patrol are really generating a Potemkin Village-like facade, a simulacra of anti-terrorism activity that nets a large number of visa-overstays from countries not linked to terrorism.

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Director of Research and Senior Fellow David Callahan and John E. Schwarz write about abortion and how there are no absolutes on the abortion question for liberals or conservatives.

When it comes to abortion and the law, we're all relativists. The only question-especially with public opinion so divided-is which relativists can acquire more power.

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Forty years ago this month President Lyndon Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act into law. The act was a great victory for the civil rights movement, signaling change and adding momentum to the drive for equality.

But while we celebrate the anniversary of this victory, we cannot lose sight of the fact that change still is not complete and opportunity still isn't equal. And we need to be looking ahead.

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Newsday

Director of Democracy Program, Steven Carbó, highlights in TomPaine.com how conservative ideologues and their partisan allies have harnessed voter fraud allegations as a powerful "new" weapon against the American people and our ability to have a political voice.

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Senior Fellow David Callahan explains the linkage between steroids in baseball and rising inequality in our winner-take-all society.

But Waxman and other Democrats are squandering a much-needed opportunity to tell a progressive story on values — specifically one about the way that winner-take-all competition is corrupting America's morals.

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The politics of fear has long since overtaken the threats raised by disease and terrorism. Under these hysterical circumstances, two recent books prudently offer contexts for the anxious atmosphere in which we live.

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Senior Fellow Sasha Abramsky writes a special commentary for TomPaine.com on fair, universal access to the ballot box.

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Distinguished Senior Fellow Robert Frank explains in The New York Times why honesty is often a winning strategy in business.

Beliefs matter. If people believe cheating is inevitable, there will be more of it. So if honesty in business is not a losing strategy, it would be good for people to realize that.

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