Antonin Scalia made his feelings on the Voting Rights Act, which took a beating during Supreme Court oral arguments this week, pretty clear, calling it a “perpetuation of racial entitlement.” But as Roosevelt Institute Fellow Dorian Warren explained on MSNBC’s The Last Word, he’s not alone — nor is his line of thinking unique. Attacks

In the latest episode of the Roosevelt Institute’s Bloggingheads series, Fireside Chats, Fellow Mike Konczal talks to Jacobin editor Seth Ackerman about Seth’s recent article “The Red and the Black,” which asks what kind of mechanisms would replace the pursuit of profit in a socialized economy. In the clip below, they discuss Seth’s proposal for

Roosevelt Institute Fellow Susan Crawford appeared on MSNBC’s Up with Chris Hayes last weekend to discuss the problem with patents in our modern intellectual property-based economy. In the clip below, Susan explains that “the expensive, loony unreality” of many tech companies is that “all they’re doing is inventing patents, not patenting inventions. It seems backwards,

In the latest episode of the Roosevelt Institute’s Bloggingheads series, Fireside Chats, Fellow Mike Konczal talks to Yale JD/PhD candidate Jeremy Kessler about the intersection of the law and the left and about leftists who dissent from mainstream progressivism. In the clip below, they discuss whether the Occupy movement, which Mike says has “made a

What Do We Get Out of Government?

“Let us not be afraid to help each other — let us never forget that government is ourselves and not an alien power over us.” FDR said those words in Marietta, Ohio in July 1938, but it’s just as relevant today. As conservatives continue to deride every attempt to create progressive change through government as

The Recession Ends. Then What?

It may be hard to imagine, but (we all hope, anyway) some day the recession and meager recovery period will come to an end. At that point, will the debates we’re having now about the economy become completely irrelevant? What will we have to fight about? Roosevelt Institute Fellow Mike Konczal and EPI’s Josh Bivens

We’ve all heard the standard arguments about the stimulus: progressives think it should have been bigger, while conservatives think it was a pork-filled monstrosity. But in the latest episode of the Roosevelt Institute’s Bloggingheads series, Fireside Chats, Mike Konczal talks to Michael Grunwald, author of The New New Deal, about four stronger criticisms of the

In the latest episode of the Roosevelt Institute’s Bloggingheads series, Fireside Chats, NND Editor Bryce Covert talks to National Review‘s Ramesh Ponnuru about what’s behind the gender wage gap. Their discussion began with a recent Bloomberg View column in which Ramesh argued that there may be factors other than discrimination, such as career choices, that account for

Roosevelt Institute Chief Economist and Senior Fellow Joseph Stiglitz joined Jon Stewart on The Daily Show this week to talk about the U.S.’s abysmal rate of economic inequality. After clearing up what laws of supply and demand could possibly lead to a book that’s one-third footnotes, Stiglitz explained why “inequality has really become one of the major problems facing

In the latest episode of the Roosevelt Institute’s weekly Bloggingheads series, “Fireside Chats,” Senior Fellow Mark Schmitt talks to Scott Lemieux of Lawyers, Guns, and Money and The American Prospect about the machinations behind the Supreme Court’s recent health care ruling and what challenges lie ahead for the Affordable Care Act. Mark notes that while