James Cypher: Military Spending in the Swampland

By James Cypher, On September 11, 1941, the U.S. War Department commenced construction of its new headquarters, the Pentagon: With each of its five sides running the length of three football fields, encompassing 4 million square feet of work space, it remains even today the world’s largest office building. Placing it where President Roosevelt wanted … More James Cypher: Military Spending in the Swampland

What Trump Can and Can’t Do to Immigrants

By David Bacon, Over the terms of the last three presidents, the most visible and threatening aspect of immigration policy has been the drastic increase in enforcement. President Bill Clinton presented anti-immigrant bills as compromises, and presided over the first big increase in border enforcement. George W. Bush used soft rhetoric, but sent immigration agents … More What Trump Can and Can’t Do to Immigrants

It Can Happen Here: The rise of a right-wing nationalist regime in the United States

By David Kotz, On November 8 the rise of a right-wing nationalist regime in the United States became a realistic possibility, if not now then in the coming years. Such regimes stress nationalist and patriotic themes, play upon and intensify fear of minority ethnicities and/or religions and/or other long-oppressed groups, promise to resolve festering economic … More It Can Happen Here: The rise of a right-wing nationalist regime in the United States

Top Eleven Dollars&Sense Charts and Graphs of 2016

D&S has compiled graphs & charts from the past year. Several draw on the series of “Economy in Numbers” columns that UMass-Amherst professor and D&S columnist Gerald Friedman wrote on the economic effects of implementation of Bernie Sanders’ proposed policies (here, here, and here). As many readers may know, Jerry’s projections were harshly criticized by … More Top Eleven Dollars&Sense Charts and Graphs of 2016

New Editions from Dollars&Sense!

Real World Globalization, 15th edition. ISBN: 978-1-939402-28-8. Current Economic Issues, 20th edition. ISBN: 978-1-939402-27-1. Real World Globalization (15th ed.) is an essential guide to rapidly changing trends in global trade, investment, labor relations, and economic development. Its well-researched, clearly written articles are drawn from the pages of Dollars & Sense, the leading magazine of popular … More New Editions from Dollars&Sense!

Trump and National Neoliberalism

by Sasha Breger Bush, Trump’s election represents a triumph of neoliberal thinking and values. Perhaps most importantly, we should all keep in mind the fact that Americans just elected a businessman to the presidency. In spite of his Wall Street background and billionaire status, Trump successfully cast himself as the “anti-establishment” candidate. This configuration—in which … More Trump and National Neoliberalism