Nine Massively Depressing Charts About the Millennial Generation

On Salon today, I’ve got a long piece about the changing nature of wealth in America, where an increasing share of the richest citizens are inheriting their wealth rather than coming from more humble origins. The article includes three charts from…

According to new research from Fabian T. Pfeffer, Sheldon Danziger and Robert F. Schoeni from the University of Michigan, the inequality of wealth in America has doubled in the last decade. As the researchers note in their finding’s summary, “Through at least 2013,…

There is no "Demographic Destiny": Why Democrats must embrace economic populism

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: By supporting a litany of tone-deaf, out of touch policies intended to fire up their base and ward off Tea Party challengers, Republican politicians are alienating the very parts of the electorate that they most need…

Everything is partisan now

Splintered patriotism, the lessons of D-Day & the politicization of Bowe Bergdahl. On the 70th Anniversary of D-Day, I went down to the beach a few blocks from my apartment on Boston’s North Shore. It’s not a glamorous or popular spot, just a…

Last week, President Obama made history by announcing new plans to significantly cut U.S. carbon emissions over the next fifteen years. Like the rest of Obama’s signature achievements, this plan represents a significant improvement over the status quo while still leaving much to be desired. Or put another way, this story is…

In Salon this morning, I’ve written a piece taking New York Times op-ed writer Frank Bruni to task for his halfhearted attempt at apologizing to “millennials” on behalf of all his fellow baby boomers. In all fairness to Bruni, his…

The United States of Mass Shootings

America has a gun problem — but you don’t need to hear it from me.  Every few weeks, we are reminded of the terrifying reality that mass shootings have become commonplace in our society. There is no warning. None of…

Enjoy two and a half minutes of classic George Carlin as he lays into the baby boomer generation. I’ve also transcribed the clip below. “Now, a lot of these… hold on a second… a lot of these cultural crimes I’ve been…

Have we seen the start of a new intergenerational war? Are narcissistic, entitled millennials going to abandon their parents and grandparents, establishing Logan’s Run-style “death panels” to dodge the increasingly expensive costs associated with supporting an aging baby boomer generation?…

This guy's totally addicted to Koch

Want to prevent climate change? Get the money out of politics first.   In simpler times, social conservatives, war-hawk interventionists, pro-life Evangelicals and Second Amendment fanatics took turns battling for control over the Grand Old Party. Today, thanks to the…