The Great Debate

How Trump reflects America’s obsession with ‘winners’ and ‘losers’

By Neal Gabler
October 8, 2015
U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump listens to remarks at a campaign event in Waterloo

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at a campaign event in Waterloo, Iowa, October 7, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Young

Meet the angriest man running for president – no it’s not Trump

By Dan Hill
September 16, 2015



What better time to gauge the emotional profile of Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), an avowed Socialist, than during his Labor Day speech to the AFL-CIO in New Hampshire? After all, the independent junior senator from Vermont, who’s running for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination, has a website home page that focuses on economics and the working class. Creating jobs, raising wages, “taking on the enormous economic and political power of the billionaire class” is what Sanders says his campaign is all about.

from Breakingviews:

Hedge fund pay hauls a political-financial shame

By Edward Hadas
May 5, 2015

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

Four reasons to raise women’s pay that should make men happy

By Lynn Stuart Parramore
March 5, 2015

Martha from Mexico works at a sewing machine at the American Apparel factory in downtown Los Angeles, California, October 17, 2008. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

from Breakingviews:

Review: Brazil’s toughest tests lie off the pitch

May 16, 2014

By Dominic Elliott 

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

Why India has less inequality than U.S.

By Anja Manuel
May 8, 2014

Voters line up to cast their votes outside a polling station at Wadipora in Kupwara district

The outcome of India’s general election may have dramatic consequences for the nation’s economic health.

The other inequality is structural

By David Dante Troutt
February 3, 2014

For the second year in a row, the issue of economic inequality was featured in President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address. Even some Republican lawmakers have now dared to speak the “i-word.”

Swiss outrage over executive pay sparks a movement in Europe

By Peter Gumbel
November 15, 2013

Here’s an idea for how to end corporate greed and reverse the trend of growing income inequality worldwide: impose a new rule that would limit the pay of top executives to just 12 times that of the lowest-paid employees at the same firm. In other words, prevent CEOs from earning more in one month than the lowliest shop-floor worker earns in a year.

Obama on King, but in a passive voice

By Jeff Shesol
August 29, 2013

It was a sermon — of sorts.

President Barack Obama’s address at the Lincoln Memorial on Wednesday only rarely echoed the cadence — the preacher’s rhythm — of the speech he was there to commemorate, and could not match its moral force. But this was a sermon all the same.

Trying to raise a family on a fast-food salary

By Christine Owens
August 29, 2013

Fast-food workers in more than 50 cities Thursday are striking for fair pay and the right to form a union — the biggest walkout to hit the industry. This latest round of labor unrest comes 50 years after hundreds of thousands of Americans, led by Martin Luther King Jr., joined the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, demanding not only civil rights, but also good jobs and economic equality.