wealth inequality

Colloquy: Promote the General Welfare

Editors’ Note: This is the third in a series feature in which VF editors may join along with volunteer contributors to discuss a contemporary topic. This “real time” installment features Jim McCarthy, Frank Blechman, Barbara Levine, and Andrew Scalise. Our… Read More ›

Water, Water, Everywhere

Our lead-in is a familiar line from Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s The Rime of the Ancient Mariner (1798) that ends with, “Nor any drop to drink,” describing the plight of a beached sailor on an island surrounded by salt water. By… Read More ›

Getting Past the Pain

By Frank Blechman “Gentlemen may cry ‘peace, peace’ but there is no peace.…” –Patrick Henry, Second Virginia Convention, St. John’s Church, Richmond, March 23, 1775 Patrick Henry was known for his powerful oratory more than for his effective leadership. The… Read More ›

Worker-Owned Businesses Compete

Editors’ Note: Excerpted from The New York Times, December 29, 2020. Worker owned businesses are by definition not socialism. Such cooperative enterprises are genetically democratic and antithetical to the corporatism that characterizes American business. The US boasts hundreds of cooperative-owned… Read More ›

Around the Novahood

FAIRFAX JUDGE RULES CASH BOND UNCONSTITUTIONAL A Fairfax County Circuit Court judge has found that keeping an indigent defendant in jail in lieu of a cash bond is unconstitutional, writing that it violates the Constitution’s Due Process Clause by forcing… Read More ›

Briefly Noted . . .

SCHOOL SEGREGATION LONG GONE, RIGHT? RIGHT? According to a new report from VCU and Penn State, school segregation is getting worse in Virginia, not better. And one driving factor is segregation within school districts. The report calls on state leaders… Read More ›

The President and the Pauper Tax Bills

Editors’ Note: Crossposted from The New York Times, October 10, 2020. By Nicholas Kristof Voters are not immune to appreciating the proportions that differentiate them from the very wealthy. American exceptionalism promises that any and all can succeed economically to… Read More ›

What Does Pro-Life Mean?

By Barbara Baum Levine Dear “Pro-Lifer”: Consider carefully what “pro-life” actually means and whether YOU actually fit its description: People who are pro-life do not support forcibly separating children from their parents and imprisoning them in unspeakable conditions, all because… Read More ›