Articles and Op-Eds
I have written for a variety of publications over the past decade. Here is an incomplete list:
We are entering what I’m calling the Era of Large Numbers: massive spending, giant deficits, a high debt-to-GDP ratio. It is important to understand why this is necessary and why we must defend it from opportunistic opposition.
The former vice president’s bold scheme provides a useful reference for where the tax discourse among progressives should go next.
Finding a way to provide economic security to our fractured labor force is one of the central goals of our time.
The stimulus bill doesn’t come anywhere near to meeting the challenge that we face.
Our long-term goal must go well beyond the Senate bill to build a more resilient economy.
There are three essential aspects to the stimulus plan we urgently need right now: It should be bold and equitable, it should automatically renew, and its temporary programs should be able to evolve into more permanent ones.
In short, not only is a child allowance achievable, but it could be implemented quickly, would build support for the Democratic Party, and would provide security for our most vulnerable. What’s not to like?
Talking Points Memo
But at its core these are a diagnosis of what’s gone wrong with our notion of our freedom, and how we can begin to recover it. (with Nellie Abernathy)
The April jobs report adds to the debate about whether a “natural” rate of unemployment exists.
New York Times
But that view is mistaken: This bill goes far beyond the health of community banks and credit unions.
It was one of the two weekly canvassing meetings for the new Stomp Out Slumlords campaign (SOS), which encourages people facing eviction to get their day in court.
Any successful political project binds together ideas, actors, and power. “Neoliberalism” helps us understand how these fit together.
They’re rewarding capital, punishing labor — and dismantling the tax code welfare state.
Austerity, both as a practice and as a metaphor, defined the landscape, culture, and politics of the Obama era.
The Great Recession and its aftermath shattered the policy consensus on economics. What would come next? It’s taken a while, but we’re witnessing the emergence of an important new vision.
Whether they realize it or not, millions of Bernie Sanders supporters across the country have embraced a version of socialism developed by political economist Karl Polanyi in his 1944 classic, The Great Transformation.
Bernie Sanders gave a major speech last week outlining his definition of democratic socialism and how it relates to both his candidacy and American history. In doing so, he also put forth an expansive vision of economic security and fairness.
Education is a human right. Anyone willing and able should be able to attend an institution of higher education irrespective of their ability to pay for it. (Arguments on the Left series, contending with Matt Bruenig and Tressie McMillan Cottom.)
Dodd-Frank was part of an international, clear plan to reform the most obvious financial sector flaws that contributed to the crisis. Results, though often stalled, are overall positive and substantial — and in each case there's a clear path forward building on the bill.
But they tell a similar story: There’s no set of institutions capable of or interested in providing quality, affordable higher education for a large population outside public schools.
If you want to know what happened to economic equality in this country, one word will explain a lot of it: financialization.
There are at least seven reasons voters, if not politicians, in both parties favor a higher minimum wage. They involve concerns about inequality and poverty, about responses to poor wage growth, and about the status of work as well as community.
Conservatives dream of returning to a world where private charity fulfilled all public needs. But that world never existed, and we’re better for it.
Conservatives and neoliberals envision a government that provides a comparable range of benefits to the one advocated by earlier American liberals. But rather than designing and delivering services directly, the neoliberal government provides coupons for citizens.
Debt relief is fair. It would also be good for the economy. Why isn’t it happening? Politics.
The following guest post is a complete description of America's jobs crisis and the failure of monetary policy policy to address it. Author Mike Konczal helpfully uses animated .gifs to simply break down the most critical theoretical debate of our time.
If we want to tell a different story than the decline of public education—and especially if we want to see it rise again—it behooves us to move past Reagan and the backlash, and to think more clearly about what they destroyed, and what we’ve lost.
To see how mass incarceration has reworked our expectations about governance, we need to understand the relationship of policing to the two major political ideologies of the past thirty years and the governance project that came out of it.
The real battle is not about eliminating rents but instead determining who will benefit from them.
From schools to prisons, outsourcing government's works typically ends with cronyism, waste and unaccountability.
Specific demands that speak to the long-term end goal of a better, more just economy.