What doth it profit religious demagogues to gain direct mail millions and lose their souls?

Jane Mayer’s New Yorker profile of culture warrior Bryan Fischer — the American Family Association’s professional hate-dispenser — is worth reading in full for it’s portrait of this frighteningly influential bigot. But I want to highlight this brief tangent, in which Mayer cites religious right strategist Paul Weyrich’s explanation of why the anti-gay agenda has [Read More...]

Banks Behaving Badly

Banks are large and powerful. And many politicians want banks to be subject to less regulation, oversight and democratic accountability. Megan O’Matz & John Maines: “Neighborhoods crumble as thousands of homes sit in legal limbo” Banks that made reckless home loans have been tiptoeing away from foreclosures in a tactic designed to cut their losses. [Read More...]

Resenting the poor (cont'd.)

Ed Kilgore notes that a vicious resentment of the working poor is fast becoming the central organizing principle for America’s right wing: The transformation is widely observable across the conservative landscape, with Republican fiscal proposals in the states and in Washington going after a host of other key support systems for the working poor with [Read More...]

'Who is the rich man that is being saved?'

Men who offer laudatory speeches as presents to the rich may be rightly classed, in my opinion, not only as flatterers and servile, since in the hope of a large return they make a show of granting favors that are really no favors, but also as impious and insidious. They are impious because, while neglecting [Read More...]

The productive class

People who suck up to the wealthy should be called what they are — brown-nosers and lap-dogs willing to say anything in hopes of getting a piece of that money. But they’re even worse than that. They’re also blasphemers and poisoners. They’re blasphemers because instead of praising God as the only true source of and [Read More...]

To my ultra-rich readers (in the unlikely event I have any)

Let’s talk utility, efficiency and bang-for-the-buck. Let’s just be tough-minded and clear-headed and consider how to maximize our returns in times like these. Stocks? Maybe, but it’s a gamble. Likely to get worse before it gets better. Plus there’s the whole volatility aspect — up 300 one day, down 600 the next. Who needs the [Read More...]

Brian Moynihan and Empress Eudoxia

Where does Brian Moynihan go to church? And how is it that he still feels comfortable there? Moynihan, the CEO of Bank of America, “plans to cut at least 3,500 jobs in the upcoming months, with the possibility that thousands of additional positions could also be eliminated.” In a memo to the bank’s senior management [Read More...]

'Stop kicking people when they're down'

If we want to reduce poverty, we have to stop doing the things that make people poor and keep them that way. Stop underpaying people for the jobs they do. Stop treating working people as potential criminals and let them have the right to organize for better wages and working conditions. Stop the institutional harassment [Read More...]