Harold Meyerson

Harold Meyerson is executive editor of The American Prospect. His email is hmeyerson@prospect.org.

Recent Articles

A Groundbreaking New Enterprise: Buybax!

This article is a preview of the Spring 2019 issue of The American Prospect magazine. Subscribe here . AN EXCLUSIVE OFFER FOR AMERICAN PROSPECT READERS, A ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME OPPORTUNITY TO INVEST IN A GROUNDBREAKING NEW ENTERPRISE: BUYBAX! BUYBAX represents a radical break with the temporizing practices of most present-day American corporations, which still pay lip service to such hoary purposes as making, selling, or improving a product or a service—practices that require them to divert resources to such revenue sinkholes as research and development, production, marketing, employment, and the occasional cultivation of goodwill. NOT SO BUYBAX! The business plan of BUYBAX is elegantly simple: WE WILL ISSUE STOCK—AND BUY IT BACK . THAT’S IT. THAT’S ALL. SHARES OUT, SHARES IN, SHARES UP. AND YOU SHARE IN THE WEALTH! How, you may wonder, does this differ from the current practices of American big business? All right, we acknowledge that U.S. corporations spent more...

Regulate Boeing? Naah. Assert Congressional Authority? Naah.

The do-nothings: McConnell and Chao, a Washington love story

Europe and Asia have stopped flying the Boeing 737 MAX 8, but it still soars overhead in the good old USA, rattling the confidence of air passengers from Maine to California. And what has the Federal Aviation Administration, which is part of the Department of Transportation, done in response? Nothing. That’s par for the course at the DOT, headed by Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, the longtime wife of one Mitch McConnell. According to an article in today’s Wall Street Journal: Thirty-five congressional mandates sit unanswered, on everything from minimum seat space to secondary barriers protecting cockpits. The top job at the Federal Aviation Administration has been open for 14 months. Enforcement fines against major U.S. airlines have dropped 88 percent in the past two years, even as three-hour tarmac delays have more than doubled. The Transportation Department under Secretary Elaine Chao has seemingly been delayed on a number of issues important to travelers. Even...

Donald and Bibi’s Tin-Pot International

It’s been a busy international relations week for the Western World’s two leading wannabe autocrats, U.S. President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Trump’s Veep, Mike Pence, met with stony silence when he told a gathering of Western European officials in Munich that they should join the U.S. in repudiating the multi-national agreement with Iran, which lifted trade sanctions with that nation in return for its ceasing to develop nuclear weapons. Our traditional European allies haven’t abandoned that agreement, since Iran appears to be living up to its end of the bargain. That silence wasn’t just due to Trump’s pulling out of that accord unilaterally, but was also the product of Trump’s broader repudiation of maintaining alliances with democracies, and of the conduct of such Trump-appointed diplomats as our ambassador to Germany, who all but endorsed that nation’s far-right AfD Party—not that we’ve...

Kinder, Gentler, Savage, Vicious Donald

Word is, Donald Trump’s speechwriters have never met one another or Trump himself, which is why his State of the Union addresses resemble nothing so much as the proverbial blind men describing an elephant. In one room (clearly much the biggest, for his section of the speech is the longest, requiring the tallest tales), a writer pens invective against immigrants at the border. In a smaller chamber, another writer comes up with an attack on abortion, putting in the president’s mouth the words that America must always be “a culture that cherishes innocent life.” You might think that this doesn’t quite describe Trump’s policy of snatching small children away from their parents at the border, but no effort is made in assembling Trump’s SOTU to square its various points or look for its gaping pitfalls. Ms. Abortion Deplorer and Mr. Immigration Vilifier have never met, haven’t even heard that the other is at work. Or take the guy who wrote the...

The Air Traffic Controllers Even the Score

On January 14, the Prospect ran a piece by Georgetown’s Joe McCartin, one of the nation’s leading labor historians, recommending that federal workers start staging sickouts as, perhaps, the one way to compel our deranged president to end the government shutdown. McCartin was uniquely qualified to offer such advice: As the author of Collision Course, he had written the definitive history of the air traffic controller strike of 1981, which ended calamitously when President Ronald Reagan abruptly fired the strikers, busted their union (PATCO), and hired permanent replacements, thereby encouraging many American corporations to lock out their workers and fire them as a way to bust their own unions. Since strikes by federal workers are forbidden by law, Joe suggested that sickouts from strategically situated federal workers who were compelled to work without pay would be a way to force President Trump to end the shutdown. And lo and behold, it was air traffic controllers at...

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