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Past articles by Matt:

Do We Need a Universal Basic Income? A Debate.

Getting free money from the government is popular. But would it prop up capitalism? → Read More

Do We Need a Federal Jobs Guarantee? A Debate.

Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand, Cory Booker and Bernie Sanders have all proposed a job guarantee. But would it be drudgery? → Read More

Women and people of color make up the majority of the Trump coalition

In all of my years remarking on interesting stats, none has shocked people more than the one in the headline. But it’s true! In fact, it’s obviously true. It would be wild if it weren’t true. The… → Read More

Opponents of single payer are moral monsters on par with AHCA proponents

The Republican health care plan, the American Health Care Act (AHCA), was unveiled recently. Its major provisions include changing the refundable tax credits of Obamacare so that they are more… → Read More

Who Gains from Dow 20,000? – Matt Bruenig –

The Dow Jones Industrial Average reached 20,000 points today. Stock values have been rising consistently since Donald Trump was elected. → Read More

Here's how Democrats can fight back against the GOP's cynical voter purges: Pay everyone to vote

Last week, details about a horrifyingly cynical new program to purge registered voters from election rolls in 27 states came to light. Like so many other GOP-led electoral process reforms — such as installing of voter ID requirements, eliminating same-day registration, and curtailing weekend and early voting — Interstate Crosscheck will disproportionately screen out minority voters. This will… → Read More

Why the government should pay every American child an allowance

The U.S. has one of the highest child poverty rates in the developed world. It doesn't have to be this way. → Read More

Hobby Lobby will not lead us down a slippery slope of religious exemptions

Don't panic, liberals. We are not about to tumble down the slippery slope of businesses claiming religious exemptions from every law they don't like. Far from it. Inspiring the panic is this: The Supreme Court ruled on Monday that ObamaCare's employer health insurance mandate violated the religious liberty of Hobby Lobby's owners because it forced the craft store to offer employees insurance covering… → Read More

The myth of Big Government in the Redskins trademark case

This is government inaction, not government action → Read More

Even making college free wouldn't reduce America's wealth gap

It's all about intergenerational wealth transfers → Read More

The case for term-limiting Supreme Court justices

Lifetime appointments were meant to preserve judicial independence. But the high court has devolved into a political body with too much power. → Read More

Don't worry: Homeownership can still be a great investment

Official site of The Week Magazine, offering commentary and analysis of the day's breaking news and current events as well as arts, entertainment, people and gossip, and political cartoons. → Read More

Don't worry: Homeownership can still be a great investment

It's become trendy to suggest that homebuyers are dupes. That's ridiculous. → Read More

Law schools don't help the poor get rich — they help the rich stay rich

Why? Because there are very few poor people in law school. → Read More

The case for killing law school

aw professors Erwin Chemerinsky and Carrie Menkel-Meadow recently took to the pages of The New York Times to argue against proposed reductions of legal education requirements. They claim that making it easier to become a lawyer "is a terrible idea" that would result in lawyers being poorly trained, not to mention less well-rounded citizens. Having just wrapped up three years of law school, I can… → Read More

The one part of the charity vs. social welfare argument that everyone ignores

It's called the status quo bias — and it's crucial to understanding our policy debates → Read More

When pundits blamed white people for a 'culture of poverty'

For as long as there have been poor people, there have also been non-poor people standing nearby and theorizing their cultural inferiority → Read More

The big myth about income inequality that just won't die

Conservatives want you to believe other people's wealth doesn't affect you. It does. → Read More

America should jack up its top tax rate to 70 percent

The super-rich will barely even feel it. But the rest of us will benefit enormously. → Read More

America should have a public option for everything

Government-run retirement accounts and banks would be a good start. But why stop there? → Read More