wealth inequality

Size Matters

Professional politicians, especially in debate or for sound bites, and commentary pundits often employ the adage One Size Does Not Fit All (or its converse, One Size Fits All) as a folksy, puckish jab referring to some proposition, issue, or… Read More ›

Suisse Cheese: Bait for Tax Cheats

Editors’ Note: Reposted from The New York Times, March 13, 2021. Tax avoiders, complicit international banks, expensive lawyers work together.  By Katie Benner and Michael Forsythe Seven years after Credit Suisse promised federal prosecutors that it would stop helping rich Americans hide their… Read More ›

Colloquy: Reparations

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

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 ›