Stories by Mark Weisbrot

Mark Weisbrot is Co-Director and co-founder of the Center for Economic and Policy Research. He received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Michigan. He is co-author, with Dean Baker, of Social Security: The Phony Crisis (University of Chicago Press, 2000), and has written numerous research papers on economic policy. He is also president of Just Foreign Policy. subscribe to Mark Weisbrot's feed

Posted on: Sep 23, 2001, Source: AlterNet

America has a terrible history of imposing its will through force and violence, throughout the globe. This must change to prevent further terrorism against Americans.

Posted on: Aug 26, 2001, Source: AlterNet

Both parties need to rethink the shaky economics of using the mythical Social Security "lockbox" to pay off the national debt.

Posted on: Aug 14, 2001, Source: AlterNet

Over the last 20 years, income per person grew by a mere 7 percent in Latin America. This compares to 75 percent for the previous two decades (1960-1980), when national governments exercised much more control over their economic policies.

Posted on: Jun 11, 2001, Source: AlterNet

A defining feature of the alleged new economy -- "the productivity revolution" -- may have been as much a mirage as the dot-com bubble.

Posted on: Jun 4, 2001, Source: AlterNet

The recent "Economic Human Rights Bus Tour" pointed out that basic needs such as food, shelter and health care are fundamental rights that should not be swept aside with shifts in the political winds.

Posted on: May 21, 2001, Source: AlterNet

Looking at Bush's ridiculous new energy proposal, it's never been easier to "follow the money" of kickbacks to campaign contributions.

Posted on: Apr 16, 2001, Source: AlterNet

Though American leaders remain wedded to the idea of the US ruling the world, lucrative business deals are much tastier than a new Cold War with China.

Posted on: Feb 12, 2001, Source: AlterNet

43% of George Bush's $1.6 trillion tax cut would wind up in the hands of the richest 1% of taxpayers. Most Americans, no matter how much they hate paying taxes, do not believe that the richest people should be first in line when it comes to getting tax relief.

Posted on: Jan 1, 2001, Source: AlterNet

As the new millennium opens for real this time, here are some New Year's resolutions for Congress that would actually help the people of the United States and the world.

Posted on: Nov 27, 2000, Source: AlterNet

Seattle showed that effective grassroots activism can shake even mighty financial institutions like the WTO. One year later, they still haven't recovered from the shock.

Posted on: Oct 15, 2000, Source: AlterNet

The emptiness of American presidential politics is perhaps nowhere more evident than in the politics of poverty. The two major party candidates couldn't agree more that the destruction of AFDC, which absorbed all of one penny from each dollar of federal spending, has been good for all concerned.

Posted on: Aug 17, 2000, Source: AlterNet

Strikers at Verizon Communications are blazing a trail just as important as any Internet related technological advance. They are organizing the first wireless union.

Posted on: Aug 14, 2000, Source: AlterNet

"When protest becomes effective, governments become repressive," Tom Hayden said while describing his own trial on conspiracy charges for organizing protests against the Vietnam War. That explains why demonstrators have faced increasingly hostile government response since last December's Seattle protests.

Posted on: Jul 4, 2000, Source: AlterNet

In an attempt to stall liberal reform of Medicare's drug benefit program, a drug industry front group calling itself Citizens for Better Medicare is distributing free long distance calling cards to young voters. Their website,, encourages the youngsters to oppose the recently proposed legislation.

Posted on: Jun 19, 2000, Source: AlterNet

"With all the future-babble of the Presidential candidates it's easy to think that the only threats to our economy are decades away. And at first glance, with unemployment near 30-year lows, and inflation under control, it does seem that way. But the health of the national economy has some shaky underpinnings."

Posted on: Jun 19, 2000, Source: AlterNet

The Supreme Court's unanimous decision to strike down the Massachusetts Burma law says more about the pro-business bias of the present Court than it does about legal principles.

Posted on: May 11, 2000, Source: AlterNet

A trade bill that public interest groups are desperately fighting against is now being whisked through Congress.

Posted on: Apr 25, 2000, Source: AlterNet

If the bombing cannot achieve its avowed humanitarian objective of stopping the Serbian repression in Kososvo, what then can it do? It can help to establish the principle that the United States (and NATO) stand above international law, and can attack sovereign nations with impunity. Within the U.S., these military actions (like the bombing of Sudan, Afghanistan, and Iraq) are also solidifying the imperial Presidency, against our own Constitution and domestic law.

Posted on: Apr 25, 2000, Source: AlterNet

On legal, moral and political grounds, the case for helping the East Timorese is much stronger than that of the Kosovar Albanians. But during the past twenty-four years of occupation, the United States has armed, trained and supplied East Timor's enemies. And therein lies the real explanation for the difference between East Timor and Kosovo -- the ethnic cleansers in the Indonesian military and government are Washington's friends. Very close friends.

Posted on: Apr 25, 2000, Source: AlterNet

Ewan McGregor, who plays Obi-Wan Kenobi in "The Phantom Menace," recently threw his support behind tens of thousands of protesters calling for the G-7 nation to cancel the debt of the world's poorest countries. "It's just insane," McGregor said. "There are kids starving to death and their countries aren't able to support them because they're too busy paying us back." The rulers of the real life "Empires" are harder to dislodge than the most ruthless and calculating movie villains.

Posted on: Apr 25, 2000, Source: AlterNet

"This article is for those who really want to understand the debate that has been raging over what to do with the projected Federal budget surpluses over the next 10 years," writes Mark Weisbrot. "It's not as difficult as it seems." What follows is a crystal clear, no-frills explanation of the key issues, players and figures involved in this often-overwhelming debate.

Posted on: Apr 25, 2000, Source: AlterNet

Even if one believes that our government is motivated by humanitarian concerns in Yugoslavia -- which takes some imagination -- there is no excuse for bombing civilians. In American law, you are held criminally responsible for the likely consequences of your actions. Should NATO leaders face trial for crimes against humanity?

Posted on: Apr 25, 2000, Source: AlterNet

"It's being billed in advance as the "protest of the century." Thousands are expected to demonstrate their opposition to the World Trade Organization in Seattle beginning November 29. How did something as arid and seemingly removed from people's lives as "the Third Ministerial Meeting of the World Trade Organization" manage to attract this kind of opposition?"

Posted on: Apr 25, 2000, Source: AlterNet

The battle over tax cuts is heating up, like the stale, hazy air of late July in Washington. But we've been there before, so many times that the bill -- the most important legislation of the year -- is already old news. The result is a thoroughly disingenuous debate that puts most people to sleep -- and understandably so. Will America wake up before hundreds of billions of tax dollars get steered to those who need it the least?

Posted on: Apr 25, 2000, Source: AlterNet

"We now know that U.S. intelligence anticipated that Milosevic would respond to NATO bombing with a massive "ethnic cleansing" of Kosovo. Yet our leaders went ahead and bombed. Why? Because they do not really care about the Kosovars."

Posted on: Apr 25, 2000, Source: AlterNet

If putting Kathie Lee Gifford in charge of enforcing international labor rights sounds ridiculous, try the IMF in control of international debt relief. Today's pressing economic and social problems are being dealt with a "go slow" approach,which, by the way, is what dismissed the anti-slavery movement as being too "extremist" in America.

Posted on: Apr 25, 2000, Source: AlterNet

President Clinton's poverty tour last week was supposed to call attention to the needs of Americans at the bottom of the income ladder. But what it really highlights is our government's complete indifference to the problem of poverty in America.

Posted on: Mar 31, 2000, Source: AlterNet

The Clinton administration and its corporate allies want Congress to grant permanent NTR (normal trade relations) status to China -- promising that increased market access will lower our trade deficit with China and create jobs here. But in 1993 the same people pushed NAFTA with the same promises -- and conservative estimates today show a net loss of at least half a million jobs since NAFTA went into effect in 1994, as our trade deficit with Mexico soared to a record $22.8 billion in 1999.

Posted on: Mar 31, 2000, Source: AlterNet

"How many people know the hideous story of how we supported and financed the slaughter of tens of thousands -- innocent civilians, teachers, health care and church workers -- in Central America in the 1980s? Apparently not enough, or we wouldn't be doing the same thing, little more than a decade later in Colombia."

Posted on: Mar 31, 2000, Source: AlterNet

"The International Monetary Fund is under siege as never before in its 56-year history. A new Congressional report harshly criticizes the IMF; there is an unprecedented public dispute over the leadership of the institution; and Seattle-like demonstrations to disrupt its semi-annual meeting are planned for April in Washington, DC."