Stories by Sean McElwee

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Posted on: Apr 4, 2015, Source: Salon

A new study sheds light on just how large an impact money has on political affiliation.

Posted on: Mar 7, 2015, Source:

Research suggests that the American Dream is based on lies.

Posted on: Feb 16, 2015, Source: Salon

On a number of economic indicators, the country fares far better when a Democrat is in office.

Posted on: Feb 8, 2015, Source:

Pols on both sides of the aisle obsess over the importance of "family structure." Here's why they miss the point.

Posted on: Jan 25, 2015, Source: Salon

Five years ago, conservatives on the high bench changed American elections forever. Here's what happened next.

Posted on: Dec 17, 2014, Source: Salon

The next Great Generation may not be a liberal one.

Posted on: Dec 3, 2014, Source: The American Prospect

Big Box retailers are seeing big gains in political influence as they pour endless amounts of money into the process.

Posted on: Oct 25, 2014, Source:

The explosion and enforcement of restrictive voter ID laws make this one thing very clear.

Posted on: Oct 11, 2014, Source: Salon

Nobody's perfect. But only the rich get away with thinking that their luck and their flaws are actually strengths.

Posted on: Oct 7, 2014, Source: Salon

Conservatives are going bonkers over "unpatriotic" history tests. Time for a little tutorial.

Posted on: Aug 18, 2014, Source: Huffington Post

"Just-in-time scheduling" is the latest corporate plan to screw employees.

Posted on: Jul 1, 2014, Source: Salon

Piketty protégé Gabriel Zucman explains how the world's wealthiest are scamming governments for trillions.

Posted on: Jun 10, 2014, Source: Salon

"Capital in the 21st Century" has sent conservatives into a rage. Here's how to debunk their favorite attacks.

Posted on: May 26, 2014, Source: Salon

The real reason conservatives are freaking out about Neil deGrasse Tyson: He's laying bare their worst hypocrisies.

Posted on: Feb 5, 2014, Source: Salon

The debate between Bill Nye and Creationist Ken Ham reveals the absurdity of Christians who ascribe to a literal interpretation of the Bible.

Posted on: Jan 17, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Evidence shows that economic hardship is causing working-class Americans to abandon marriage, rather than the other way around.

Posted on: Dec 9, 2013, Source: Salon

Christopher Hitchens believed atheism would end world conflict. But the world's wars are about politics, not religion.

Posted on: Dec 1, 2013, Source:

A new study shows low wages are really caused by low minimum wage, weakened unions and the effects of globalization.

Posted on: Nov 16, 2013, Source:

Sorry, but making a profit off something that's useless to society is not morally superior to helping others.

Posted on: Jul 30, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Here are some verses liberal Christians wish they would get “fundamentalist” about.

Posted on: Jul 12, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Stricter regulation of Internet speech will not be popular with the entire public, but it’s necessary.

Posted on: Jul 4, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Annoyed by the absurdities swirling around the inequality debate? Here is a citizen's guide to debating a one percenter.

Posted on: Jul 4, 2013, Source: Salon

Arguing with ignorant relatives about inequality: Dirty work, but someone's gotta do it.

Posted on: Jun 11, 2013, Source: AlterNet

A closer look at ALEC's "Rich State, Poor State" report shows it uses partisan metrics to encourage anti-worker laws aimed at destroying unions.

Posted on: May 31, 2013, Source: AlterNet

A dirty history of discrimination, abuse, intimidation, neglect and illegal strike suppression: that's Walmart.

Posted on: May 22, 2013, Source: AlterNet

What happened in Guatemala deserves significant contemplation and discussion.

Posted on: May 15, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Why “more guns, less crime?” is the wrong question to ask.

Posted on: May 8, 2013, Source: AlterNet

With the Supreme Court considering taking up affirmative action, The Economist’s cover story last week erroneously argues that it's time for an end to the policy.

Posted on: May 1, 2013, Source: AlterNet

The Hollywood-industrial complex strikes again.