Harold Meyerson

For Harold Meyerson's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Aug 30, 2012

U.S. presidential election needs another Teddy

What America feared above all was the growing concentration of wealth and political power. A Republican alliance with big business had flooded election campaigns with torrents of money, and it threatened to reduce — if not eliminate — whatever influence ordinary Americans had with ...

Jul 10, 2012

Thomas Jefferson's view of equality under siege

A week after the 236th anniversary of the birth of the United States — which was squalling to the world in its very first utterance that all men were created equal and endowed with unalienable rights — the essence of our politics is still ...

Jun 23, 2012

U.S. middle-class fortunes fade as unions decline

Are American unions history? In the wake of labor’s recently defeated effort to recall Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker, both pro- and anti-union pundits have opined that unions are in an all-but-irreversible decline. Privately, a number of my friends and acquaintances in the labor ...

Mar 28, 2012

Choosing sides once again in Europe

Even as many European nations recoil from the obligations of economic union (because neither borrowers nor lenders are very happy these days), a radical cross-border European politics is being born. Ironically, the founding document of a genuinely pan-European politics isn’t one that unites the ...

Feb 1, 2012

The dawning of a new American industrial era?

So much for postindustrial America. After decades of our leaders and sages assuring us that the United States would thrive as we moved beyond manufacturing, President Barack Obama used his State of the Union address to officially declare post-industrial America an unqualified bust. Ours ...