The Shark and the Hound
America’s long history of predatory lending.
December 1, 2017
Paying for the Past: Reparations and American History
Reparations for African-Americans has been a hot topic on the presidential campaign trail, but the debate goes back centuries.
Edward L. Ayers
May 24, 2019
To Save Democracy, We Need Class Struggle
The historical record is clear: democracy was only won when poor people waged disruptive class struggle against the rich.
May 13, 2019
The American Revolution’s Starving, Barefoot, Heroic Troops
Our young nation was very poor, the war was very expensive, and Congress and the states wanted everyone else to pay.
May 27, 2019
Contract Buying Robbed Black Families In Chicago Of Billions
A new study on the toll of contract buying in Chicago during the 1950s and 1960s: $3 billion to $4 billion in lost black wealth.
Natalie Y. Moore
May 30, 2019
Full Metal Racket
A history sheds light on venture capital’s ties to the military-industrial complex.
June 1, 2019
When America Was a Developing Country
The nostalgia of some conservatives hearkens back to a different—and irretrievable—economic time.
Addison Del Mastro
The American Conservative
December 13, 2017
Expanding the Slaveocracy
The international ambitions of the US slaveholding class and the abolitionist movement that brought them down.
March 21, 2017
When Alan Met Ayn: "Atlas Shrugged" and Our Tanked Economy
We owe at least part of the 2008 financial crisis to Ayn Rand's philosophy of Objectivism.
April 12, 2011
Fiscal Fright in NYC
A review of Kim Phillips-Fein’s "Fear City: New York’s Fiscal Crisis and the Rise of Austerity Politics."
Michael R. Glass
May 15, 2019
The Forgotten Economic Idea Democrats Need to Rediscover
A neglected theory that helps explain today’s problems.
May 17, 2019
Oil Barrels Aren't Real Anymore
Once a cask that held crude, the oil barrel is now mostly an economic concept.
September 8, 2017