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Frankie Tisdale, a Brooklyn-based fast-food worker at home with his children. He joined the global protests for a higher minimum wage for fast-food workers in May 2014. (Neha Tara Mehta/Moyers & Company)
July 28, 2014 | Perspectives

Joshua Holland points out some conservative myths raised in this week’s interview, and debunks them. Continue reading

Paul Ryan, Chris Van Hollen, Tom Price, House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., center, presides over a markup session where House Republicans are crafting a budget-balancing plan that sharply cuts spending on transportation, health care programs for the middle class and the poor, food stamps and other domestic initiatives, Wednesday, April 2, 2014, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Ryan is flanked by Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., right, the committee's ranking member, and Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., left. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
July 27, 2014 | Perspectives

The Republican from Wisconsin has downloaded some populist rhetoric to go with his “kinder, gentler” talk about poverty. But his populism is not the real thing. Continue reading

A man counts one hundred dollar bills. (AP Photo/Tsering Topgyal)
July 27, 2014 | Blog

The “self-made” man or woman, the symbol of American meritocracy, is disappearing. Six of today’s ten wealthiest Americans are heirs to prominent fortunes. Continue reading

Claudia Pedroza, Karla Osorio
July 25, 2014 | Blog

New research has found that the language used to describe struggling Americans is turning off the very people it’s supposed to help. Continue reading

screenshot from YouTube video of Capitol Hill Briefing: Bipartisan Panel on Restoring Voting Rights
July 25, 2014 | Blog

Millions of Americans have lost the right to vote and their political voice, because of a criminal conviction in their past. Bipartisan momentum is forming on Capitol Hill to change that. Continue reading

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July 25, 2014 | Moyers & Company

After the broadcast interview ended, our cameras kept rolling. See more of Bill’s conversation with Arthur C. Brooks. Continue reading

Arthur Brooks
July 25, 2014 | Moyers & Company

The president of the American Enterprise Institute says free enterprise is good for the poor – and good for the soul. Continue reading

In this June 2, 2014 photo, Wendy Harrison, a waitress at the icon Grill in Seattle, carries food to a table as she works during lunchtime. An Associated Press comparison of the cost of living at several other major U.S. cities found that a $15 minimum wage, like Seattle adopted this week, will make a difference, but won’t buy a lavish lifestyle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
July 24, 2014 | Blog

Lawmakers and corporations are beginning to address how erratic, last-minute schedules unnecessarily complicate the lives of part-time workers. Continue reading

McDonalds sign in Chicago
July 24, 2014 | Perspectives

When I was 16 years old, I got my first job working the grill at McDonald’s. It punctured my bubble of economic privilege. Continue reading

Arthur BrooksPREVIEW
July 23, 2014 | Moyers & Company

The president of the American Enterprise Institute says free enterprise is good for the poor – and good for the soul. Watch the full show » Continue reading

Protesters rally for an increase in the minimum wage on the Great Western Staircase at the Capitol on Tuesday, June 17, 2014, in Albany, N.Y. Several hundred fast-food workers and other low-wage employees from around New York gathered to pressure lawmakers to raise the minimum wage from $8 to $10.10 an hour and let local cities raise it even higher. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
July 23, 2014 | Blog

When workers have limited social welfare benefits, they are cheap and compliant, and have no choice but to accept whatever job they are offered. Continue reading

A jet plane of VistaJet is seen on display during the Shanghai International Business Aviation Show 2014 (SIBAS 2014) and the Asian Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition 2014 (ABACE 2014) in Shanghai, China, 15 April 2014. (Imaginechina via AP Images)
July 23, 2014 | Perspectives

A new study suggests that there is and the finding justifies a maximum wage. Continue reading

In this Feb. 17, 2009 file photo, shoppers leave a Wal-Mart in Danvers, Mass. Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the world's largest retailer, on Thursday, Jan. 28, 2010 said it is realigning its U.S. operations in an effort to give more autonomy to executives in regional markets and reinvigorate U.S. growth.. (AP Photo/Lisa Poole, File)
July 21, 2014 | Blog

Workers at Target, Wal-Mart and McDonald’s need food stamps to survive. Should the companies be taxed accordingly? Continue reading

Bill de Blasio at the Puerto Rican Day Parade
July 18, 2014 | Perspectives

In order to better the economic lot of their constituency, Democrats should do something they haven’t really contemplated, and have consistently avoided, since the 1930s: taking a side, with all that entails, in a class war. Continue reading

A country road in Strawn, Texas. (Photo Credit: Nicolas Henderson / Flickr CC 2.0)
July 17, 2014 | Blog

Twenty-seven states have passed strict abortion regulations and volunteer groups are stepping in to help close the gap between the legal right to an abortion and the ability to get one.
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