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Wise: Of Broken Clocks and Conservatives
Mar 02, 2004
There's an old saying that even a broken clock is right twice a day. Although conservative think tanks can't generally boast a record nearly that impressive, the underlying premise occasionally holds for them as well, so that once in a while they too will
Weisbrot: It Pays to Get Tough with IMF
Feb 23, 2004
For the second time in less than six months, the government of Argentina stood up to the International Monetary Fund -- and the IMF backed down. Last week the Fund approved the latest installment of its lending to Argentina, after having failed in its eff
Wise: Unnatural Selection
Jan 22, 2004
For those who speak out against racism, learning to deal with people who disagree with you is a time-consuming process, and a talent that must be cultivated. This was made painfully clear this past week when I received an email claiming that people like m
Weisbrot: CAFTA Not Likely to Do Better Than NAFTA
Jan 09, 2004
NAFTA, CAFTA, do we hafta? That was one of the slogans that thousands of demonstrators brought to Miami last month, as they protested the ministerial meeting of the Free Trade Area of the Americas. After having trouble bullying some of the bigger South Am
Wise: Content of Whose Character?
Dec 23, 2003
One thing can be said for conservatives: they are nothing if not unoriginal.
Wise: ItÕs the Racism Stupid
Dec 08, 2003
Sometimes an argument gets made with such regularity that no matter how silly, it nonetheless requires an answer. Indeed the more often it gets made, the more often it calls for rebuttal, since its repetition indicates someone just isnÕt getting it.
Wise: Itâ€™s the Racism Stupid
Dec 08, 2003
Sometimes an argument gets made with such regularity that no matter how silly, it nonetheless requires an answer. Indeed the more often it gets made, the more often it calls for rebuttal, since its repetition indicates someone just isnâ€™t getting it.
Wise: Anywhere but Here
Nov 09, 2003
Imagine that in Germany, public officials and teachers decided to develop a school curriculum about the horrors of racism and intolerance.
Wise: Collateral Damage: Poor Whites and the Unintended Consequences of Racial Privilege
Oct 06, 2003
A few years ago, a young woman who was an anti-poverty organizer in rural Kentucky asked me how she could infuse her work with an anti-racist analysis.
The first word of this articleÕs title does not exist according to the spell check program on my computer and the dictionary on my desk. Underclass? Yes, both sources recognize and can define that term. Yet neither acknowledges that any word with the pref
Wilpert: Venezuela's Recall
Sep 17, 2003
With the recent passing of the three-year anniversary of Hugo Chavez' year 2000 election as president of Venezuela; several milestones have been reached more or less simultaneously in the recent history of Latin America's most controversial president.
Weisbrot: Labor Day 2003: Nothing to Celebrate
Sep 01, 2003
If ever there was a Labor Day for American workers to celebrate, this sure isn't the one. It's now thirty years since the end of the "golden era" for American labor, which by most accounting ended in 1973. Over the past thirty years the productivity of th
Aug 18, 2003
The two major political parties are crooked.
Weisbrot: False Promises on Trade
Aug 07, 2003
The New York Times editorial (7-20-03) on the developed countries' agricultural subsidies and trade barriers massively overstates the potential gains that developing countries might get from their elimination. While many of the agricultural subsidies in r
Wise: Resurrecting Mandingo
Aug 06, 2003
When it comes to creativity, you really have to hand it to racists. Indeed, I have always been truly amazed by the twisted logic such folks can muster in order to rationalize their prejudices.
In what appears an almost calculated move to demonstrate its disdain for worker health and safety, the Bush administration yesterday revoked a requirement that employers keep records on ergonomics injuries.
Weissman: Gray Panthers' Corporate Connection
Jul 03, 2003
With millions in corporate monies marinating everything from the Congress to the Smithsonian, little is left untouched.
Ask the average American to describe the typical drug user or dealer and theyÕll say heÕs a black male, even though blacks make up only thirteen percent of drug users and sixteen percent of dealers. Most dealers and 76 percent of users are white, accordin
Wise: The Mother of all Racial Preferences:
May 26, 2003
Ask a fish what water is and youÕll get no answer, and not only because fish lack the capacity to speak. Even if they were capable of vocalizing a reply they would likely have none for such a question. When water surrounds one every minute of every day, e
If Jayson Blair did not exist, white America would have to create him. The confirmed New York Times plagiarist and all-around journalistic con man, after all, is the perfect foil for those whites who have always needed to find a dark face capable of confi