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Inequality Is Much Worse Than You Think

Inequality Is Much Worse Than You Think
Inequality in America grows more extreme each day. The richest 400 Americans, for example, increased their wealth by 54 percent between 2005 and 2010, while the median middle-class family saw its wealth decline by 35 percent.
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How Corporations Have Betrayed American Workers

How Corporations Have Betrayed American Workers
Free market idealists argue that capitalism works for anyone with a little initiative and a willingness to work hard. That might be true if job opportunities were available to everyone.
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Scaredy-Cat Conservatives Can’t Handle Beyonce’s Power

Scaredy-Cat Conservatives Can’t Handle Beyonce’s Power
Beyoncé Knowles has won 16 Grammy Awards, sold 88 million albums and has spent 36 weeks on top of the charts, but it wasn’t until the lights went out after her incendiary Super Bowl halftime show that the Houston native transitioned from pop icon to political target.
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Can Scientific Illiteracy Be Protected as Religious Freedom?

Can Scientific Illiteracy Be Protected as Religious Freedom?
We teach teenagers sex ed so they can make healthy choices and, we pray, not get pregnant. But when you consider the opposition to the contraceptive insurance mandate in Obamacare, maybe we need to start giving sex ed to politicians and some employers, too.
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The New American Majority Bends to Greet Obama

The New American Majority Bends to Greet Obama
There is an Obama majority in American politics, symbolized by Monday’s throng on the Mall, whose existence is both the consequence of profound changes to our nation’s composition and values and the cause of changes yet to come.
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FDR's Four Freedoms: Diminished and Defiled

FDR's Four Freedoms: Diminished and Defiled
For every $100 owned by a white family, a black family has $2. For every $100 owned by a single white woman, a single black or Hispanic woman has 25 cents.
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Why are Guns Constitutionally Protected?

Why are Guns Constitutionally Protected?
A friend of mine fought in Iraq with the 101st Airborne. He says, “If people want to play with guns that badly, let them join the Army,” which, when you think about it, is one kind of a well-regulated militia.
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Jason Stanford
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The Extremist Cult of Capitalism

The Extremist Cult of Capitalism
Capitalism is a cult. It is devoted to the ideals of privatization over the common good, profit over social needs, and control by a small group of people who defy the public's will.
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Paul Buchheit
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Martin Luther King Was a Radical, Not a Saint

Martin Luther King Was a Radical, Not a Saint
Today Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. is viewed as something of an American saint. His birthday is a national holiday. His name adorns schools and street signs. Americans from across the political spectrum invoke King’s name to justify their beliefs and actions, as President Barack Obama will no doubt do...
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NRA Cares More About Selling Guns to Teachers Than Protecting Their Safety

NRA Cares More About Selling Guns to Teachers Than Protecting Their Safety
In the weeks since the Newtown, Connecticut massacre, we’ve learned about what it will mean for America, if the NRA gets its wishes and school teachers, students and visitors to schools can carry concealed guns. We’ve learned how contemptuous of the rights of other citizens the gun nutters are.
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