Features related to gilded age

Rick Perry at the Texas GOP convention in 2014
July 22, 2014 | Perspectives

In its official 2014 platform for Texas, the GOP has gone for the chimerical bucket list of the extreme right instead of trying out real solutions to address real problems. Continue reading

"I address you, the members of the 77th Congress, at a moment unprecedented in the history of the Union," said President Franklin D. Roosevelt as he started his message to the joint session of Congress, Jan. 6, 1941. Also visible are Speaker Sam Rayburn, left, and Vice President John N. Garner. (AP Photo/George R. Skadding)
July 1, 2014 | Perspectives

We need to articulate America’s democratic purpose and remind ourselves and our fellow citizens what it means to be an American, writes Harvey Kaye. Continue reading

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Updated April 17, 2014 | Blog

Everyone seems to be talking about inequality. If you’ve got questions, we’ve (hopefully) got the answers. Continue reading

New Jersey Senate President Stephen M. Sweeney listens, left, as Senate candidate Newark Mayor Cory Booker addresses a gathering of supporters at an event in Deptford Township, N.J. Tuesday, June 18, 2013. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
August 6, 2013 | Blog

The Grey Lady calls “coziness with the moneyed class” an “asset” in an editorial supporting Cory Booker for the Senate. Continue reading

The final assembly line of this Plymouth plant in Detroit, seen on Aug. 13, 1954, is so vast that a visitor can walk about a half a mile without stepping outdoors. A division of Chrysler Corp., the Plymouth plant has twin assembly lines and is built entirely on one level covering 28 acres of floor space. It is capable of producing more automobiles in one day than any other plant in the world. (AP Photo/Chrysler Corporation)
March 26, 2013
In a note to Bill, Historian Bernard Weisberger explains why arguing for worker empowerment is "on solid historical ground."
Traders work in the Goldman Sachs booth on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. April 2010 (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
January 11, 2013 | Blog

Our economic quick-fixes do little for most of us, but continue to reward those at the top. And yet Wall Street still wants more. Continue reading

Wall Street
January 11, 2013

Bill explains how last week’s fiscal cliff deal gave tens of billions in tax breaks to Wall Street and corporations. Continue reading

Cartoon from the Southern Labor Archives at Georgia State University depicting plutocrats with piles of money.
October 19, 2012

See a breakdown of how the icons, toys, and titans of our first Gilded Age compare to this one. Continue reading

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October 19, 2012 | Book Club
The introduction to Freeland's new book examining the history of the richest of the rich, and how the gained political power
Chief justice Earl Warren addresses a national crime conference in 1967. (AP Photo)
September 13, 2012 | On Democracy

Bill Moyers and Bernard Weisberger document the Supreme Court’s history of supreme power to the present day. Continue reading

"The Robber Barons of the Middle Ages, and the Robber Barons of today." Bankers, workers, and farmers are shown paying tribute to "Trusts." From Puck, November 26, 1889.
January 30, 2012 | On Democracy

Wall Street billionaires are partying like it’s 1899. Continue reading

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February 29, 2008 | Bill Moyers Journal (2007-2010)

Bill talks with historian Nell Irvin Painter about the first Gilded Age, and why some contend the second Gilded Age is here and now. Continue reading