Hold Fast

A Blog by Matt Browner Hamlin

Hold Fast - a blog by Matt Browner Hamlin

Entries Tagged as 'Economy'

Syriza, Podemos & Outside Organizing

January 27th, 2015 · Comments Off on Syriza, Podemos & Outside Organizing

SYRIZA’s big victory in Greece this weekend is an exciting moment for left political activism. They are an anti-austerity party that has actively campaigned on a promise of leftist reforms and a rejection of Greece’s fealty to multi-national banks and the Troika of the ECB, IMF, and the European Commission. Syriza failed two seats short […]

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Tags: #OccupyWallStreet · Economy · Elections · Progressive Infrastructure

Aiming higher

January 21st, 2015 · Comments Off on Aiming higher

From the President’s State of the Union speech: Seven years ago, Rebekah and Ben Erler of Minneapolis were newlyweds. She waited tables. He worked construction. Their first child, Jack, was on the way. They were young and in love in America, and it doesn’t get much better than that. “If only we had known,” Rebekah […]

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Tags: Barack Obama · Economy

Racism & Economic Justice

January 11th, 2015 · 1 Comment

Jesse Meyerson and Mychal Denzel Smith have an excellent piece at The Nation on the intersectionality between combating racism in America and economic justice. It offers a number of prescriptions for fighting racism via economic programs which would help Black Americans. The key for me is the acknowledgement of this intersectionality of racism and economic inequality. […]

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Tags: Economy · Racism

On the 2014 elections & ideas

November 15th, 2014 · Comments Off on On the 2014 elections & ideas

The Democrats got beat pretty badly in the midterm elections. This is not a big surprise. But the losses have generated countless pieces about why they lost, how they could have avoided losing, what messaging would work better, how Democrats can better convince the citizenry to put their faith in them and so forth. To […]

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Tags: Climate Crisis · Democrats · Economy · Elections · Progressive Infrastructure

Guest Post: What Would Carl Oglesby Say About Bob Rubin?

January 24th, 2013 · Comments Off on Guest Post: What Would Carl Oglesby Say About Bob Rubin?

My good family friend Avram Barlowe penned this thoughtful piece which I think merits wider reading. Avram is a teacher in the New York City public school system and a union shop steward. What Would Carl Oglesby Say About Bob Rubin? . . . and by extension, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama? Coming of age […]

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Tags: Barack Obama · Economy

Econ4 on housing

December 7th, 2012 · Comments Off on Econ4 on housing

Via Yves Smith at Naked Capitalism. Econ4 economists put out a statement on housing accompanying this video. It includes this passage, which I think is spot-on: We oppose treating the nation’s housing as a bundle of assets to be sliced, diced, flipped, and bailed out in pursuit of inflated profits and bonuses. We call for […]

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Tags: Economy

Neil Barofsky for SEC Chair

December 6th, 2012 · Comments Off on Neil Barofsky for SEC Chair

Matt Stoller interviews Neil Barofsky, who says he’d be happy to serve as chairman of the SEC, if the President nominates him. He and Stoller talk about what he would do as SEC Chair and the important role the SEC has to play to regulate the banking system and make sure we don’t ever go […]

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Tags: Economy · Rule of Law


December 5th, 2012 · Comments Off on Brilliant!

Alex Pareene offers up some great strategic advise for Democrats in DC: If Democrats want to get the big pundits on their side, they should pull a Boehner and just name whatever it is they’re trying to pass “The Simpson Plan.” That should be the name they use when they reintroduce card-check. And cap-and-trade. Planned […]

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Tags: Congress · Democrats · Economy

Mr. Burns explains the fiscal cliff

December 5th, 2012 · Comments Off on Mr. Burns explains the fiscal cliff

Yep, this about covers it. Also, too, class war.

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Tags: Economy

Warren Buffett rides again

November 27th, 2012 · Comments Off on Warren Buffett rides again

I’ve been quite skeptical of the value of Warren Buffett as a key advocate for Democrats around tax policy and social spending (see: here, here, and here). While Buffett is supportive of the not-bad idea that rich Americans should pay higher taxes, he’s been either vague or advocated small increases – while coupling his tax […]

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Tags: Economy