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Occupy Wall Street Perspective: Occupy movement is progressively pursuing legitimate change

Something remarkable is happening in American politics. Three years after a financial crisis that delegitimized the parochial right-wing ideology of deregulation and ‘let the rich rule’ economics, Americans are voicing outrage at the chronic infection of money in our political system. By putting its finger on this unspoken fact of American politics, Occupy Wall Street… Keep Reading

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Occupy Wall Street needs much more than occupation

On Tuesday, several labor unions joined the Occupy Wall Street protest, adding force and credibility to the two-week-old movement. But while it is easy to keep up with the protest’s participants, timeline and even its location — young protesters have camped out in Lower Manhattan’s financial district and spilled onto the Brooklyn Bridge — it… Keep Reading


Three years later: responses to the financial crisis

Once or twice a century, there is a watershed moment in American politics in which the bankruptcy of the present arrangement is laid naked, and gives way to paradigmatic transition. During the Great Depression, 25% unemployment set the stage for the New Deal. In the late 1970s, stagflation brought the New Right and its ‘government… Keep Reading

Supreme Court to reignite health care reform debate

The Affordable Care Act, one of President Obama’s signature legislative achievements, is headed to the U.S. Supreme Court. And it’s about time. The constitutionality of the law’s provision mandating Americans to purchase healthcare coverage or face a penalty is highly suspect. Can the government force Americans to buy something? On September 28, the Court decided… Keep Reading


Money letters: explanation and call for discussion

By Kanayo Onyekwuluje and Pat Walsh It’s not every day that you get free money in your mailbox! The ‘gift’ in your mailbox, as well as the letter from the bogus “Committee on Investment Profitability,” may have been confusing at first, but hopefully they were also entertaining. This week’s gift giving was organized and executed by… Keep Reading


My Name is Yon Yonson: Lessons from the Financial Crisis

Three years ago last week, Lehman Brothers collapsed amidst a wreckage of overleveraging, over-speculation and appallingly reckless risk-taking. Lehman’s collapse sparked a financial crisis that led to rapid job loss: 3.5 million jobs were shed between September 2008 and January 2009. As the nation plunged into the “Great Recession,” the bankruptcy of thirty years of… Keep Reading

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Placements deserve a place in Swarthmore curriculum

At this point in the semester, students taking Educational Studies classes are settling into their placements at a variety of nearby schools, ranging from public to private, from inner-city to suburban. They’re not the only ones getting a glimpse of how their studies relate to the real world. The Lang Center for Civic and Social… Keep Reading

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