This kind of economy stands on three legs: raw materials, cheap labor, and as little regulation from government as possible.
Unless you've spent the winter lost on the Pacific Crest Trail, you know that middle-class incomes have slipped again.
The European debt crisis goes back to the end of the roaring '90s when the banks were flush with money and looking for ways to raise their bottom lines.
Finally, most people outside the one percent at the top are realizing that the vast gulf of inequality is very dangerous for our country and the world.
Today, all of us can be ordinary citizens, using the singular eye of smartphones, blogs, and shares, to expand everyone's vision.
I have a confession to make. In the series of articles I have supposedly been writing about income inequality, I have really been writing about something else: need.
As I drive along, I notice the landscape is ever changing. Walmarts and dollar stores sprout from empty lots.
It's easy to feel you are being pressured against your instinct to accept a miserable marriage when listening to many economics pundits trying to be "upbeat" about the economy.
The recent round of sanctions aimed at Moscow over the crisis in the Ukraine could backfire by accelerating a move away from the dollar as the world's reserve currency.
An economy that works for working people is one of the challenges for the CPUSA and the entire progressive movement.