Stories by Steve Fraser

Steve Fraser is a historian, writer, and editor-at-large for New Labor Forum, co-founder of the American Empire Project, and TomDispatch regular. He is, most recently, the author of Wall Street: America’s Dream Palace. He teaches at Columbia University. subscribe to Steve Fraser's feed

Posted on: Apr 2, 2015, Source: TomDispatch

The plutocracy of the Gilded Age isn't that different from today's huge gulf between the rich and poor.

Posted on: Sep 11, 2014, Source: Tom Dispatch

Democracy for sale is no democracy at all.

Posted on: Apr 4, 2013, Source: Tom Dispatch

Doesn't matter if the disaster is man-made or natural, wealth always triumphs.

Posted on: Jan 29, 2013, Source: TomDispatch

From debtor’s prison to debtor nation.

Posted on: Dec 2, 2012, Source:

40 years of austerity politics have hollowed out the heartland, as financial wizards of Wall Street gobbled up ever more of the nation's resources.

Posted on: Apr 19, 2012, Source:

Nearly a million prisoners are working in call centers, working in slaughterhouses, or manufacturing textiles while getting paid somewhere between 93 cents and $4.73.

Posted on: Oct 13, 2011, Source:

Only weeks ago, an eerie unprotesting silence still blanketed the country. That's all over now.

Posted on: Sep 11, 2011, Source:

We may be witnessing the birth of a new permanent class of the marginalized.

Posted on: May 5, 2010, Source:

Today’s Tea Party movement is a bewildering network of crosscutting political emotions, ideas, and institutions -- just like its 18th century predecessors.

Posted on: Feb 11, 2010, Source:

FDR, he is not. Obama and his team read the lesson of humiliating defeat in Massachusetts and conservative hostility as an advisory to move further to the right.

Posted on: Feb 10, 2009, Source:

FDR alone didn't pull America out of the Great Depression. The passion of ordinary citizens did. Can we do it again?

Posted on: Sep 18, 2008, Source:

The relationship between Washington and Wall Street has changed fundamentally, and as a result, the road ahead is dark and unknown.

Posted on: Apr 27, 2008, Source:

Why don't Americans rise up against the kleptocracy like they did in the late nineteenth century?

Posted on: Dec 9, 2007, Source:

War, economic collapse, and the political implosion of the Republican Party will make 2008 a year to remember.

Posted on: Feb 23, 2007, Source:

We've already been swamped by 2008 presidential madness -- by Hillary, by Obama(mania), by Fox News smears and Republican pandering to religious extremists -- which suggests that a turning-point election is on the way.