Economy

Bernie Can Pay For His Agenda by Cutting Defense

Bernie Can Pay For His Agenda by Cutting Defense

Skewed News — Late last year, I interviewed Bernie Sanders while working on my biography “Bernie.” I asked him if he planned to reduce the defense budget if elected president. “We will take a hard look at that,” he told me, agreeing that there’s an awful lot of bloat in America’s military spending that ought to be cut. Why doesn’t […]

by · February 8, 2016 · 0 comments · Economy, Politics, War
I Am So Damn Anxious I Feel Like I Am Going To Have a Heart Attack

I Am So Damn Anxious I Feel Like I Am Going To Have a Heart Attack

Skewed News — I never thought I’d live to be this old (52). I never thought that, if I lived to be this old, I’d still be so scared. I’m white, male, able-bodied, educated, tall. Got a solid resume. I’m relatively adaptable. I started out as one of hundreds of professional political cartoonists. Now there are fewer than 20. Yet […]

by · January 5, 2016 · 0 comments · Cartoons, Economy, Health, Politics
Donald Trumpism Explained: It’s Free Trade, Stupid

Donald Trumpism Explained: It’s Free Trade, Stupid

Skewed News — Donald Trump is a nativist asshole. Why is he leading in the polls, and what does this say about Americans and/or Republicans? Analysts and pundits are obsessing over these questions even more now that the real estate developer billionaire candidate seemed to have jumped the political shark with his statement that he wants to ban Muslims from […]

by · December 10, 2015 · 0 comments · Economy, Media, Politics
Hillary Clinton Came Off as Presidential, Unrepentant and Cheap at Last Night’s Democratic Presidential Debate

Hillary Clinton Came Off as Presidential, Unrepentant and Cheap at Last Night’s Democratic Presidential Debate

Skewed News — Yesterday I tweeted that last night’s Democratic debate — inexplicably held on a Saturday when few Americans could be expected to watch it — would be a “do or die” moment for Bernie Sanders. Bernie did. But he couldn’t have done it without a major assist by former Maryland Martin O’Malley, aka That Other Guy. Bernie, who […]

by · November 15, 2015 · 2 comments · Economy, Media, Politics, War
What Is Socialism? Neither Grim Hellhole nor Rainbow Utopia

What Is Socialism? Neither Grim Hellhole nor Rainbow Utopia

Skewed News — There are many contending claims of what socialism is. Let’s take a whirlwind tour: There’s the Cold War propaganda version that paints it as gray block housing, billowing smokestacks and soot-smeared faces, ragged (gray) clothes, and an autocrat wielding a sharp-toothed Secret Police that comes for anyone who complains and shoots them in a basement. And it’s […]

by · November 10, 2015 · 3 comments · Cartoons, Economy, Editorial, Politics
What is Surplus Value, and Why Should Anti-Capitalists Care?

What is Surplus Value, and Why Should Anti-Capitalists Care?

Skewed News — Capitalism is an ever-expanding, extremely destructive mode of production that has come to dominate the world; pretty much all social production has been integrated into its framework. The ways capitalism presents itself to most of us is through its many wretched effects: ecocide, oppression, imperialism, poverty and so on. Any or all of these may motivate us […]

by · November 4, 2015 · 1 comment · Cartoons, Economy, Politics
Why NGOs and Leftish Nonprofits Suck (4 Reasons)

Why NGOs and Leftish Nonprofits Suck (4 Reasons)

Skewed News —About 20 years ago, in a conversation with a Bangladeshi organizer, the topic of NGOs* came up. He spat in disgust: “I hate NGOs.” At the time, I didn’t really get why he was so vehement about it. I knew NGOs had negative aspects, like siphoning off some revolutionary energy from the masses, but I also still half-believed […]

Hillary Was Against TPP Trade Agreement Before She Was (Just Now) Against It

Hillary Was Against TPP Trade Agreement Before She Was (Just Now) Against It

Skewed News — “Looking forward, it seems far better to co-opt the spirit of Bernie’s message than to attack him,” David Axelrod, Obama’s old political strategist, counseled Hillary Clinton recently. “Better to be a champion for fairness and opportunity, and tackle the issue of how to raise wages in a country where they have effectively flatlined for decades, than to […]

by · October 7, 2015 · 0 comments · Economy, Politics
Does Elon Musk Care if We All Die?

Does Elon Musk Care if We All Die?

Elon Musk is big news. Pick a random day and one of his companies’ press releases probably made its way throughout Facebook. For instance, a few days ago he launched a speedy new SUV called the Tesla Model X that can drive 250 miles on a single charge. Not only that, it’s probably the safest car ever made, ranking off […]

by · October 7, 2015 · 0 comments · Cartoons, Economy, Editorial, Science
A Little Story About You, the Capitalist. (Capitalism Can’t Be “Less Greedy” – The Greed is Baked In)

A Little Story About You, the Capitalist. (Capitalism Can’t Be “Less Greedy” – The Greed is Baked In)

Skewed News — More people lately are identifying capitalism as the underlying cause of our current global troubles and crises. That’s certainly positive: the first step toward cure is a proper diagnosis. But most of the approaches being offered to treat the problem are placebos, an endless supply of ineffective remedies to “fix” or reform it, to make it “less […]

by · September 30, 2015 · 2 comments · Cartoons, Economy, Editorial