Today, for the first time since 2007, the yield curve inverted, which traditionally signals a looming recession. “Yield curve inversion.” Practice saying this as you stand on the unemployment line. Sounds smart.
Peggy Noonan, a dusty cabinet of moldering antique patent medicine bottles, hath observations, about this time we are living in. What is happening right now, in the alternate universe occupied by Peggy Noonan?
SOMEWHERE IN IOWA—Here is what happened, right before everything began to go to hell:
For perhaps the first time in living memory, reparations for African-Americans are a topic of serious mainstream political discussion. At the same time, America’s wealth is hoarded by a small class of billionaires. Hey, that gives me an idea.
BURLINGTON, IOWA—There’s a very nice visitor’s center on the river here. Right by downtown. They’ll tell you everything about Burlington, including the fact that it’s about to flood. That visitor’s center was totally empty on Thursday, even though the national press corps was just two blocks away. We had much more…
The post-2016 American experience has been one of a political pendulum swinging slowly, then rapidly, to the left. One of the beneficiaries of this has been organized labor; unions are experiencing a popular (if not numerical) resurgence. Like politics, the union world is going to need a very democratic shakeup.…
Bill “De” Blasio, mayor of our New York City, rode the subway today. Wow!!! Break out the cameras!!! Mr. Mayor, I want to see you in the god damn tunnel for the next seven hundred days of your term or fuck off man.
Google defines NFL Draft 2019 as “Apr 25- Apr 27,” and already people are “mocking” who the Jacksonville Jaguars will select, in the NFL Draft. The following “fan-alysis,” combining history, metrics, and knowledge, reveals the fact that there is only one smart choice.
Journalism—the act of finding stuff out, then writing it down—is not hard to learn how to do. What is hard is getting someone to pay you a living wage to do it. The gatekeepers who sell industry access for a living are getting, if you can imagine it, even lazier.
Why do wealthy celebrities always decry “haters” above all other evils? Why do successful people at the top of their fields counsel those less prestigious than them to value professional comity and civility above all? For a very obvious reason.
Shortly after Donald Trump was elected, we made a prediction: CNN staffers should watch out, because Trump would certainly try to use the government’s approval process of the $85 billion AT&T/ Time Warner merger as a way to punish the news network he despised. And that’s exactly what happened!
It can feel like the 2016 campaign season was decades ago, in a different world. In fact, it has only been a few years. And the armies that were built then have been waiting, restlessly, to begin marching once again.
Last week, we asked what it was like to work at Sweetgreen, the slick, pricey salad bowl chain of choice for affluent urbanites. Read on to learn the exquisite pleasures of serving lunch to the rich.
New York City Councilman Brad Lander recently introduced a landmark bill—the first of its kind in the country—that would require fast food employers to show “just cause” in order to fire employees. We spoke to Lander about using politic to help labor, and Amazon’s ignominious retreat from New York City.
As our nation stares down the threat of full fascism, we look to the Democratic party to save us as only they can: by bitching at each other about some bullshit from two years ago until Donald Trump wins again by default.
Peggy Noonan, a virtual reality headset that allows the user to see the world through the view of Ronald Reagan’s corpse, has some thoughts about Amazon’s New York City fiasco. The thoughts to not fit together in any coherent way, but that’s okay—we live in a confusing world, do we not?
You would think it wouldn’t be so hard to make a good plastic spoon. Not so, if you are the corporate behemoth “Pret A Manger.” Maybe stop speaking French and focus on utensil design—for once?
Bourgeois “food platform” Sweetgreen feels, always, like what would happen if lunch became an app. What is it like to be one of the employees of this weird techie food bowl factory?
Why all the talk about socialism? Why all the talk about inequality, and the 99% vs. the 1%? Because for the past forty years, the rich have been scraping off more of our economy, leaving less for everyone else. See here: