Our Mad Aristos

Our Mad Aristos

Usually ruling classes like to protect the system that secured their coveted positions. But today a large portion of the wealthiest and most privileged parts of our society—are key funders of an increasingly anti-capitalist left.

Could a Universal Basic Income Alleviate Inequality or Destroy Aspiration?

There’s Nothing Progressive About a Universal Basic Income

Will a universal basic income alleviate inequality or will the aspirational side of capitalism be squelched by the rollout of ever more benefits?

'The Champion of Despotism',cdrawn by John L. Magee, part of the American cartoon print filing series (Library of Congress)

Three Paths to Despotism

Worrying developments on the political Right reflect only one expression of the new authoritarianism. The Western Left, once advocates of free speech and tolerant of markets, now embrace a massive expansion of state power, complete with expansive curbs on expression and speech.

With the rise of remote work, and rising crime - do cities have a future?

Do Cities Have a Future?

Today the world’s great cities, such as New York or London, face dramatically changed conditions, notably the rise of remote work, fears from the pandemic, and rising crime. In light of these realities, do cities have a future?

What Really Divides America

What really divides America is economic class — basic concerns such as living wages and affordable housing, rather than political ideology.

Material goods being delivered by cargo ship

The Revenge of the Material Economy

Material economy workers are realizing the real economic power they wield delivering vital goods such as fuel, food and manufactured goods, and are leveraging that power to demand a better future.

Environmentalism is the new fundamentalist religion

Environmentalism is a Fundamentalist Religion

Today’s climate activists resemble nothing so much as a fundamentalist religious movement, with carbon the new devil’s spawn. But dogmatic environmental is likely reduce living standards in the West and around the world.

The fall of Los Angeles, with companies and their workers leaving.

The Fall of Los Angeles

Ineffective public policy, soaring costs of living, and a declining quality of life amid rising crime are resulting in the fall of Los Angeles as major employers leave the city and take jobs with them.

Precarious economy for the middle class is a threat to our democracy

Class Homicide

Among the most serious threats to democracy we face is political violence that is largely the result of changing class dynamics, most notably the increasingly perilous state of the yeoman middle class.

Jewish wedding

There Are Dark Days Ahead for the Jewish Diaspora

There are dark days ahead for the Jewish diaspora as anti-semitism and racial animus gains influence politically, not just on the far right but also on the ‘progressive’ left.