The bulwark is a public that holds power accountable—demanding stronger guardrails against its abuses and voting power-mongers out of office.
The solution is not found in mere redistribution of income. It is found in redistributing power.
Donald Trump is openly justifying violence by some Americans against other Americans. This nation needs protection from him, as well as the lawless behavior he incites.
There's an old saying that "the personal is political." A threat to one's life or the lives of loved ones, or the imminent loss of a job, concentrates the mind.
The GOP can't even agree on basics like how to respond to the pandemic. The problem is policy ideas rarely make headlines; conflict does.
The market operates under laws that ban profiteering, price gouging and monopolizing, bar insider trading and tax excess profits in wartime. Where did these laws go?
After a small uptick in June, the economy is tanking again, and ending the extra unemployment benefits will only cause more unnecessary suffering.
Trump can't find federal personnel to do contact tracing for the coronavirus but has found thousands of agents for his secret police to wage war on his own citizens.
If the Senate majority leader had an ounce of concern for the nation, his priority would be to shield Americans from the ravages of COVID-19 and American democracy from the ravages of Donald Trump.
By rushing to reopen America before the virus was contained, President Donald Trump has not only caused tens of thousands of unnecessary deaths but put the economy into a stall.
Using fear, punishment and violence to maintain "order" requires more and more oppression—and contradicts our shared values.
As long as racial animosity exists, white and black Americans are less likely to look upward and see where the wealth and power really have gone.
As Donald Trump's former bagman Michael Cohen warned in 2019, "I fear that if he loses the election in 2020 that there will never be a peaceful transition of power."
The supposed "freedom" to work is a cruel joke when people are forced to choose between putting food on the table and risking their lives.
Powerful people in positions to help contain this disaster are morally bound to do so, their own ambitions be damned.
Yes, President Donald Trump's coronavirus response has been an unequivocal disaster. But this crisis has deeper roots.
The president is trying to force the economy to reopen in order to boost his electoral chances this November, and he's selling out Americans' health to seal the deal.
Three of the four groups aren't getting what they need to survive this crisis, and as long as that's the case, no one can be secure.
For a tiny amount, relative to their fortunes, billionaires are buying a convenient distraction and suggesting there's no need for the government to demand more from them, even during a crisis.
At a time when almost everyone is suffering, the use of power and privilege to turn a profit is reprehensible.
Even without Donald Trump in office, the current system would be failing, for it has no capacity to protect the nation as a whole.
Trump and his administration would rather blame the media and the Democrats, and even question whether the virus is real.
Investing in healthcare, public higher education and our woefully outdated and dilapidated infrastructure will be expensive, but the cost of not making these investments would be astronomical.
Trump has out-Nixoned Nixon. Barr has out-Nixoned Nixon's attorney general. And justice is too low a priority for the GOP to stand up to either of them.
Today, the great divide is not between left and right. It's between democracy and oligarchy. Mike Bloomberg is indubitably part of that oligarchy.