Today thousands of empty suburban malls dot the American landscape.
Commentators tend to agree on two main reasons for the rise and presidential victory of Donald Trump.
This is the real-world economy for a living Earth that we must learn to structure and manage to provide a safe space for humanity.
With the passage of the Republicans’ health care act, the House of Representatives seems to be saying that coming up with a plan to insure Americans really wasn’t all that hard after all.
Inequality in America is on the rise. Income gains since the 1980s have been concentrated at the top.
It was not always a crime to enter the United States without authorization.
In 2001, Texas-based energy giant Enron shocked the world by declaring bankruptcy. Thousands of employees lost their jobs, and investors lost billions.
President Donald Trump has directed the United States Department of Education to evaluate whether the federal government has “overstepped its legal authority” in the field of education. This is not a new issue in American politics.
Coca-Cola and Nestlé have recently closed facilities, and Starbucks is bracing for a global shortage of coffee – all due to effects from climate change.
Research shows that the human brain is biased in favour of making safe choices. This is part of the drive behind “securitisation”, where the financial sector turns risky debt into “safe” debt by pooling assets together or carving out the safe bits.
'Declines in absolute mobility have been a systematic, widespread phenomenon throughout the United States since 1940,' the authors of the new study write.
Inequality is the defining social, political and economic phenomenon of our time. Just 1% of the world’s population now holds over 35% of all private wealth
Ruling against 'zero-rating' prevents 'Big Telecom from exploiting data caps to pick and choose winners and losers online'
As a neonatologist, I worry about patients with pulmonary hypertension. This unforgiving disease, sometimes seen after premature birth, can end with sudden death from constricting blood vessels in the lungs.
Donald Trump is proposing a 14.1 percent cut in the I.R.S.’s budget next year. This is incredibly dumb, for four reasons...
Persistently high rates of income or wealth inequality are bad for social cohesion, political inclusion and crime. The evidence for this is overwhelming.
We can be forgiven, especially this time of year, for questioning a decision our predecessors made just over a century ago. In the 1910s, Americans decided to make personal and corporate income taxes a permanent feature of the US economy.
Social scientists have long known that the rich are not exactly model citizens.
Teachers don’t just leave their jobs because of low pay and retirement, new research shows. Their perceptions of a broken education system also contribute.
When my father-in-law struggled in school in a mill town along the Ohio River, his parents suggested that he head across the bridge and work in the steel mill. It was a path that once created stable lives for many Pittsburghers.
You may not be aware that in the NHS there are people with roles that are like doctors and nurses, but they are neither. Depending on your view, these people can be either “super nurses” or “sub-doctors”. But do they work?
Tax day is here once more, and tens of millions of Americans will rush to file their income taxes by this year’s deadline of April 18 (rather than April 15 for a variety of reasons).
Recent rhetoric from President Donald Trump and the focus of U.S. immigration policies suggest that Mexicans entering the U.S. without authorization are the principal challenge facing policymakers.
What if every citizen had a guaranteed income, regardless of whether they are at work? In an age of austerity and the rolling back of social policies, this idea may sound radical – but it is gaining momentum.
Whether house prices have been inflated by limited supply, or because of transfers to investors and homeowners, government policy is now trapped in a vicious cycle.
'We have got to end the international disgrace of being the only major country on earth not to guarantee healthcare to all people as a right not a privilege.'
America’s manufacturing heyday is gone, and so are millions of jobs, lost to modernization.
Rapid rise of Australian house prices have created disagreement between economists on whether a housing bubble currently exists.
In these pestilent, perilous times, when the very idea of distinction between truth and falsehood is under siege, it’s more critical than ever to keep a sharp lookout for destructive false analogies.
US President Donald Trump has followed through on his promise to undo Barack Obama’s climate policies, signing an executive order to review his predecessor’s Clean Power Plan
All along the Pacific Coast, environmentalists are gearing up for an epic fight.
Operating a small business, the backbone of the U.S. economy, has always been tough. But small businesses have also been disproportionately hurt
Republicans have tirelessly campaigned to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) with a conservative, market-based approach to health care.
When Tim Berners-Lee invented the world wide web, he surely didn’t anticipate that children would end up becoming some of its main users.
The American tax system, in which those with the least pay the most.
Although many people in these struggling regions voted for the new president, his cynical answers will not bring them prosperity. But I saw what could.
The Bank of England’s chief economist, Andy Haldane, recently criticized his very own profession.
The largest economy on the planet is quickly moving to a protectionist stance in its international trade.
The United States is home to some of the most creative people and businesses on the planet. Our filmmakers, artists, software engineers and scientists entertain the world and expand the boundaries of human knowledge.
Our economy and society ultimately depend on natural resources: land, water, material (such as metals) and energy.
Proponents of “school choice” say that voucher programs—which allow parents to use state education funds to enroll their children in private schools
Imagine if you could gas up your GM car only at GM gas stations. Or if you had to find a gas station servicing cars made from 2005 to 2012 to fill up your 2011 vehicle.
As House Republicans labor to define a new plan to replace the Affordable Care Act, often called “Obamacare,” public support for the 2010 legislation is at an all-time high, according to a national survey taken in January.
Surveys of the key skills employers seek in graduates continue to place so-called “soft skills” – like verbal and written communication skills, the ability to work collaboratively in teams and to influence others
President Donald Trump has pledged to deport several million undocumented immigrants and recently set a plan in motion targeting those with criminal records (of any kind).
It’s often thought that it is better to start learning a second language at a young age. But research shows that this is not necessarily true.
US President Donald Trump wants to build a wall along the US-Mexican border. Britain wants to retreat into its shell to become an isolated island state.
President Trump on Tuesday night made what he told a meeting of governors on Monday would be “a big statement” on infrastructure spending.
The wealthy will not be able to build a wall high enough or a silo deep enough. The only solution is to bring your wealth home and invest in community resilience to ensure the survival of all.
Republicans in the US have axed Obama-era anti-corruption rules for energy and mining companies.
Immigrants have long been a scapegoat when economies are sputtering, jobs are being lost or security is a concern.
Plans put forth by House Speaker Paul Ryan and HHS Secretary Tom Price are 'unlikely' to fulfill President Donald Trump's campaign promises—'but single payer could'
“Will I lose my job in the near future?” For most people this is an unpleasant scenario to ponder, and for many it is a real and pressing concern.
In 2014, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), a federal program to address food insecurity in the United States, provided $70 billion in nutrition support to 46.5 million families and children living in 22.7 million American households.
Americans could save $1 trillion over 10 years by financing infrastructure through publicly-owned banks like the one that has long been operating in North Dakota.
Watch your wallets. Republicans are pushing a new corporate tax plan that will end up costing most of you a bundle. Here’s what you should know about the so-called “border adjustment tax."
Walls have a strong political connotation in post-war Europe. The most tragically famous was the Berlin wall built in 1961 to prevent citizens of the DDR (otherwise known as East Germany) from seeking refuge in the West.
A survey of about 1,500 extremely disadvantaged families in Boston, Chicago, and San Antonio shows teenagers go without food twice as often as their younger brothers and sisters.
The election of Donald Trump may have come as a cold shower, but it was to be expected in a world that’s increasingly frustrated with a profit obsessed globalised economy.
President Trump has made it clear he intends to dismantle the Obama administration’s policies for reducing U.S. greenhouse gas emissions.
Older Americans with less money and education are much more like to suffer from chronic pain than wealthier adults with more education.
Like most Republicans, President Donald Trump has made it clear he intends to “fix” the federal government by “draining the swamp.”
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco on Feb. 9 upheld the restraining order on President Trump’s immigration ban.
Quality teaching is one of the largest influences on student learning. Yet, not all students have access to a great teacher.
Donald Trump proclaimed during his inaugural address, “When you open your heart to patriotism, there is no room for prejudice.”
There is a major flaw in the way we currently assess school students. By labelling them as either “good” or “poor” learners based on their overall grades at the end of each year, students have no clear idea whether they are making progress over extended periods of time.
In a recent study, American participants placed Muslims and Mexican immigrants significantly closer to the ape-like ancestor than Americans as a whole.
It is unfashionable, or just embarrassing, to suggest the taken-for-granted late-modern economic order – neoliberal capitalism – may be in a terminal decline.
As rents rise and independent businesses in Minneapolis lose their leases to large national chains, a first-of-its-kind co-op found a solution.
In his inauguration speech, Donald Trump used the phrase “America first” to describe his approach to governance.
Many people feel that the capitalist economic system delivers wealth to a few and somehow cheats the rest of opportunity
There is a wide recognition by economists and policy-makers that “the large differences in income per capita observed across countries mostly reflect differences in labour productivity”.
Traders and investors cheered this historic high of the world’s most famous stock market index, which is composed of 30 of the biggest and best-performing American companies and is frequently used as a barometer of the strength of the economy.
The story of contemporary globalization is, at its heart, the story of how we created a vast and impoverished working class.
Donald Trump tweeted on Jan. 6 that “any money spent on building the Great Wall (for the sake of speed), will be paid back by Mexico later.”
Access to health insurance can help hold a community together socially, and lack of it can help fray neighborhood cohesion, report researchers.
Author George Lakey explains why Scandinavia tops world lists for equality, health, and happiness.
Our country is in dire need of massive investments in infrastructure, but what Donald Trump is proposing is nothing more than a huge tax giveaway for the rich.
The United States faces a major problem with prescription drug prices. Even as the prices of most goods and services have barely budged in recent years, the cost of drugs has surged.
As Donald J. Trump assumes the presidency and lays out his agenda for our country, he will likely proclaim himself, as he did in the campaign, the voice of "the forgotten Americans."
A new Oxfam Report has a number of startling claims about wealth inequality around the world – the world’s eight richest people control the same wealth as the poorest half of the globe’s population
The health of rural America is failing, and a repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) without adequate replacement could prove disastrous.
Fear of and misunderstanding about free trade and globalisation brought us a turbulent 2016.
After President-elect Donald Trump tapped Betsy DeVos to become the head of the United States Department of Education, her name has spurred a great deal of conversation within the K-12 education community.
There’s a joke among insurers that there are two things that health insurance companies hate to do – take risks and pay claims. But, of course, these are the essence of their business!
New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo recently pledged to make undergraduate education at the the City University of New York (CUNY) and the State University of New York (SUNY) system free for families making less than US$120,000 annually.
The first freight train from China to the UK has started its 12,000 mile journey from the industrial city of Yiwu in the east of China to London. Part of China’s “One Belt, One Road” project to link east and west, it is all geared toward strengthening its global influence.
My outlook for 2017 and beyond is that the U.S. economy will likely see another recession.
One of the greatest political challenges in the 21st century is coming up with a welfare system which is both effective and fair.
With almost half the world’s population now online, attempts to spread the internet continue unabated.
The racial health gap in the United States is well-documented. The gap starts with the infant mortality rate (11.1 blacks vs. 5.1 whites per 1,000) and extends to almost any health domain.
It’s difficult not to position the 60s in stark contrast to our modern age: it was a time of great upheaval, yes, but also a time of great optimism in which countless social freedoms were fought for and won.
Is water a basic human right or something with an inherent economic value? The answer to this question has led to decades of conflict in Chile.
Ever since 1944, Gross Domestic Product (GDP) has been a primary measure of economic growth.
'Our job is to encourage every person in this country to get all of the education they can, not to punish them for getting that education,' Sanders says in New York
After four years without an independent grocery store, the residents of Iola, Kansas, found a way to bring one back.
Imagine you received a Facebook message from a friend, for example, with news that your favorite football team is moving to another state.
In rolling back decades of social and environmental progress, will Trump also expose the Great Growth Con? The con promises that economic growth—measured by gross domestic product—will benefit everyone, rich and poor alike.
Since the late 1970s it has largely been the consensus that “big government” is detrimental to growth.
An idea gaining traction in various part of the world is that everyone in society should receive an amount of money from the state to cover their basic cost of living. People would no longer be stigmatised on benefits, argue supporters.