NAFTA’s 20 Years of Unfulfilled Promises

NAFTA’s 20 Years of Unfulfilled Promises

Twenty years after it took effect, NAFTA has failed the vast majority of Mexicans. Of course, hundreds of thousands of U.S. jobs have vanished since automotive and tech companies moved their production across the border in search of much lower wages. This was supposed...
Upgrading Our Clunker Economy

Upgrading Our Clunker Economy

Pondering America’s economic system is a bit like going to the mechanic with your old heap and being told there’s nothing more he can do. It’s time for a new economy, but we’re going to keep our clunker economy that persists only because so...
The Dark Side of Internships

The Dark Side of Internships

This is my fifth unpaid internship. I’ve worked for non-profit organizations that couldn’t have afforded to pay me and a fancy magazine that could. Some were worth it, others weren’t. But I accepted each one with the same sense of desperation and...
5 Million Missing American Workers

5 Million Missing American Workers

Wall Street analysts, corporate lobbyists, and front groups like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce form an exuberant cheering squad for maintaining the status quo of America’s do-nothing jobs policy. “Hooray!” they shout to our lawmakers, “The...
Another View of the Capitol

Another View of the Capitol

Four and a half miles due East of the U.S. Capitol is a neighborhood called Capitol View. It sits on a hill that offers that iconic view of the Capitol and the Washington Monument that symbolizes official Washington. But the view feels less than majestic for the...