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Ruth Rosen: What Kind of Economic Stimulus Do American Women Want?

The test of Barack Obama's economic-recovery plan will be the degree to which women workers' interests and needs are put at its heart, says Ruth Rosen.

Fred Block: After the Stimulus: Now What?

Fred Block argues that the future of the U.S. economy might actually rest on the seemingly obscure issue of how Federal budget accounting is done. He argues that we need a Federal capital budget to make possible the continuing expenditures needed for economic recovery.

Carole Joffe: The Economic Crisis: A Generation of Reproductive Health "Horror Stories"

How the economic crisis will impact women's reproductive decisions.

Fred Block: Innovating the Way to Economic Recovery

Block writes for the Breakthrough Institute blog that "We need not just stimulus, but 'stim-novation.'"

Block and Keller Call for Stim-Novation in D.C.

In Washington, D.C. last week, Longview's Fred Block, writing with Matthew Keller, proposed that President Obama's economic recovery plan should place particular emphasis on strengthening the economy's capacity for innovation. They argue for "stim-novation"--policies that combine economic stimulus with prioritizing innovation.

Carole Joffe: Averting Their Eyes from an Assault on Women’s Health

Joffe exposes the cruelty behind an Oklahoma law that mandates ultrasounds for women seeking abortions.

Ruth Rosen: What about Josephine the waitress?

Ruth Rosen points out a troubling silence on women's issues in the presidential race. She calls on the candidates to "Woo us with things that really matter; don't insult us."

Fred Block and Matthew Keller: Where Do Innovations Come From? Transformations in the U.S. National Innovation System, 1970-2006

In this report published by the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation, Fred Block and Matthew Keller show how the nature of the U.S. innovation system has changed dramatically over the course of the last 40 years. The authors analyze a sample of innovations recognized by R&D Magazine as being among the top 100 innovations of the year over the last four decades.

Book Review: Ruth Rosen on Charles Postel's The Populist Vision

Do the socially progressive ideals that jump-started 20th-century reform movements have lessons relevant to the concerns of 21st-century America? A new book makes a strong case that they do.

No Such Thing as a Free Market

The New York Sun recently published a critical "reconsideration" of Karl Polanyi's mid-20th Century text, The Great Transformation. Fred Block shows that the issues are not academic but are critically relevant for today's political and economic debates.

Ruth Rosen: Tales From Inside the Editorial Board Room

In this TPM Cafe piece, Ruth Rosen reflects on the pressure she and other members of the media felt to suppress their skepticism about the Bush administration's rationale to go to war.

Fred Block: America's Stealth Industrial Policy

Fred Block writes in Miller-McCune that free marketers want the government off business's back, but may not realize how much of the spine is government funded.

Talking Inequality

How can progressives be effective in framing issues of social and economic inequality? This two-part document from the Social Equity and Opportunity Forum at Portland State University documents and addresses the fact that when activists and advocates say one thing, their audiences often hear a very different message.

Market Myth Four: Financial Markets Thrive when Regulation is Kept to a Minimum

John Maynard Keynes reminded us during the Great Depression, “When the capital development of a country becomes the by-product of a casino, the job is likely to be ill done.” The role of hedge funds in the recent meltdown of the home mortgage market is a powerful reminder of his wisdom.
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