Samuel Walker

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Why We Must End Upward Pre-Distributions to the Rich

You often hear inequality has widened because globalization and technological change have made most people less competitive, while making the best educated more competitive.<p>There's some truth to this. The tasks most people used to do can now be done more cheaply by lower-paid workers abroad or by …

Why So Many Americans Feel So Powerless

A security guard recently told me he didn't know how much he'd be earning from week to week because his firm kept changing his schedule and his pay. "They just don't care," he said.<p>A traveler I met in the Dallas Fort-Worth Airport last week said she'd been there eight hours but the airline …

GOP science deniers’ shameless new low: A Tom Cotton-style effort to undercut global climate talks

Sen. James Inhofe, a global warming truther, has learned a lot from Tom Cotton’s “educational” letter to Iran<p>Remember when Republicans' biggest argument against the U.S. pursuing any type of action on climate change was that, without us being able to trust other countries to do the same, anything …

What's Behind the Hostility Toward Government?

As ever more Republican politicians show interest in capturing their party's nomination for the presidency, they spar to outdo each other in depicting government as incompetent, corrupt, or even as the enemy. In doing so, they tap into what more and more Americans have been led to believe. Whereas …

Our government is a dysfunctional mess. Here are 4 ways to fix it

D.C. is a disaster, but former journalist and campaign pro Michael Golden tells Salon there’s reason for hope<p>One of the more important realities of American government is so prosaic that its discovery can be something of an anticlimax. Because the truth is that while it’s a serious error to treat …