Equality

American taxes are unusually progressive. Government spending is not

AMERICANS are not known for their love of income redistribution. Asked to rank, on a scale of one to ten, how important it is for democracies to …

Social Justice

GOP Women in Alabama Turn against Roy Moore

Sheila Gilbert, the chair of the Calhoun County Democratic Party, said she’s heard from a number of unhappy Republican women since the allegations …

Liberal View

Labor rejects Coalition conservatives' changes to same-sex marriage bill

Mark Dreyfus says bill already a compromise while Louise Pratt tells both sides to respect postal survey result<p>Labor has rejected demands for amendments to the cross-party same-sex marriage bill, with Mark Dreyfus saying the bill is already a compromise and Louise Pratt warning MPs on both sides to …

Social Justice

Australia has voted for gay marriage – and religious freedom is already in peril

Social conservatives have found they are very much in the minority - and their freedoms may now be vanishing as well<p>Last week, in what prime minister …

Social Justice

The Times used an article about more gay parents to discuss a gay murder

There are more same-sex couples adopting than ever before.<p>New figures reveal that one in seven adopted children last year were taken in by a gay …

Social Justice

US Supreme Court to rule on wedding cake that split America

File: Two men could not for a moment imagine that their cake-shopping excursion would wind up before the US Supreme Court five years later and spark …

News (South Africa)

Jack Mintz: Heads up, Canada! America’s about to trounce us on tax reform

Canadians will have to wait and see whether the Republicans’ tax-reform plan for the U.S. succeeds, but certainly the big push is happening with …

Canadian News

Let’s Give Thanks for Immigrants

Immigrants and diversity have powered the growth of America and its cities going back to the 19th century.<p>Thanksgiving celebrates the fundamental American ideal of diverse groups coming together as part of a singular nation. But with the Trump administration’s harsh rhetoric on immigration, that …

Southern Italy

This Thanksgiving, The GOP Tax Plan Gives The Middle Class Get The Short End Of The Wishbone

The Republican tax plan is widely perceived as being a sop to corporations and wealthy individuals. To the extent that they will receive any relief, middle-class families will receive very little benefit. And many who live in states with high state and local taxes may wind up with a tax increase. …

Entrepreneurship

Landmark court case could secure rights for gay couples across the EU

A Romanian man's legal battle could bring sweeping new rights for gay couples across the EU.

Social Justice

A hated tax but a fair one

NO TAX is popular. But one attracts particular venom. Inheritance tax is routinely seen as the least fair by Britons and Americans. This hostility …

Social Justice

Who Will Be the Winners of Tax Reform?

We don’t know what the final tax reform bill will look like, but these groups look like the clear winners.<p>The tax reform debate is far from over, …

Investing

Is nothing sacred?

A large rock deserves our respect, but traditional marriage doesn’t<p>The majority of Australians have now indicated their support for the principle of same-sex marriage and the Government has introduced legislation to Parliament to make it legal for men to marry other men. This is something which was …

Religion

A new LGBT-rights case is heading to the Supreme Court. Here's a primer on all the SCOTUS rulings on LGBT-rights

The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on December 5 in a case that could draw the line between free speech and discrimination.<p><i>Masterpiece</i> …

Social Justice

Citizenship crisis set to rain on Malcolm Turnbull's same-sex marriage parade

D-Day approaches for Malcolm Turnbull. And it is Thursday, December 7.<p>The atmospherics of that day will be an electric confluence of conflicting …

Social Justice

Trudeau targets income inequality in Canadian Confederation speech

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says paying taxes and caring for each other is part of our responsibility as Canadians.<p>In a speech on the state of the Canadian Confederation in Charlottetown, Trudeau targeted offshore tax evasion and rising income inequality.<p>Over the past three decades, he says most …

Canada

Marriage is more rewarding—but also more upmarket. That is a problem

MARRIAGE idealises permanence, and yet it is changing more rapidly than at any time in its history. Almost everywhere it is becoming freer, more …

Economics

For whom the bells toll

If you’re not on board with same-sex marriage, watch your step<p>Now that we’ve had time to digest the marriage poll and Mr Turnbull has leapt into action with uncharacteristic decisiveness to turn the result into law, we might pause to wonder what happened to all the outrage, the screaming at the …

Social Justice

Same-sex couple to appeal decision of circuit court

TALLINN - The Tallinn circuit court revoked a decision of the administrative court, according to which the Police and Border Guard Board was …

European News

Turkey, Stuffing, and a Side of Subsidies

Every year, the federal government dishes out north of $20 billion in farm subsidies. Five crops (wheat, corn, soybeans, rice and cotton) make up …

Agriculture

Mexico raises minimum wage by 10 percent to $4.71 per day

Mexico's National Human Rights Commission says it still isn't enough to meet the basic needs of a single worker or a family.

St. Louis

'If it was my daughter, I'd break his face': Republican lawmaker and former Navy SEAL unleashes on Roy Moore

• <b>Republican Rep. Scott Taylor of Virginia said he didn't "feel comfortable" with Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore's response to allegations of sexual misconduct with underage girls.</b>• <b><br>"The 14-year-old girl that was there, I can tell you right now if it was my daughter, I'd break his face,</b> …

U.S. Politics

Socialism and Capitalism Work Together

Redistribution policies have helped to lift billions of people out of extreme poverty.<p>In a recent article, I gave free markets much of the credit for the explosion of human well-being that has occurred during the past three or four decades. To some, this sounds like a story of socialism’s failure. …

Social Justice

How to Talk to Your Family About the #TrumpTaxScam This Thanksgiving

Senate Republicans are closer than ever to passing the Trump Tax Scam. It’s being sold as a “gift to the middle class”—but it actually <i>raises</i> taxes on …

Social Justice

6 alarming facts about poverty in America that you might not realize are true

Everyone knows that poverty exists, but by the very nature of economic inequality in America, if you’re not living in poverty or close to it, it’s …

Poverty

Please cut the crap about red states subsidizing blue states

The <i>New York Times</i> reports that many state governments are concerned that the Republican tax plan will hurt them:<p>Of primary concern is the Senate’s …

George Soros

People judge married couples with different last names

What’s in a name? A lot, according to researchers from the University of Nevada.<p>Whether a woman takes her husband’s name after marriage or not, …

Lifestyle

Stephen Colbert Believes Trump Is in ‘Total Denial’ Over ‘Pedophile’ Roy Moore

The ‘Late Show’ host can’t believe the president is supporting accused serial sexual predator Roy Moore.<p>Amidst the daily deluge of sexual misconduct …

Culture

New Tax Plan Contains Even More Bad News for Student Borrowers

The Republican plan to crush students further unmasks the con of the Trump campaign<p>The headline in the <i>New York Times</i> seemed sympathetic: "The House …

U.S. Politics

Higher minimum wage, other labour reforms approved by province

Ontario passed sweeping labour reform legislation Wednesday, including increasing the minimum wage to $15 an hour, which will form a key pillar of …

Social Justice