Articles by John Buell

The casket of late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is carried into the U.S. Supreme Court by pallbearers, where Scalia's body will lie in repose in the court's Great Hall in Washington, Feb. 19, 2016, a day before his funeral service. Scalia died Feb. 13, 2016, at the age of 79.

The Supreme Court’s ultimate coup: It makes the most consequential decisions

By John Buell on Feb. 21, 2016, at 9:40 a.m.
The death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia should be an occasion to re-examine one of his favorite themes: the intent of the Founding Fathers.

Trans-Pacific trade deal is the latest threat to our democracy

By John Buell on May 17, 2015, at 9:19 a.m.
Cocaine, heroin, cash and a loaded gun allegedly seized during a drug raid in Biddeford in this September 2013 file photo.

When the drug war’s casualties are the criminals

By John Buell on Dec. 29, 2014, at 8:55 a.m.

Why clean elections offer a democratic alternative to our dangerous politics

By John Buell on July 29, 2014, at 12:06 p.m.
Job fair attendees browse displays at Los Angeles City College in October. Given the economic climate, more companies are investing in software instead of adding to their payrolls.

We can get to full employment without busting the budget. Maine can set an example

By John Buell on May 21, 2014, at 1:34 p.m.
Penny Pritzker, U.S. Secretary of Commerce, gestures during an interview with Reuters in Mexico City in this February 2014 file photo.

‘Free trade’ threatens Maine New Balance jobs, helps banks block regulation

By John Buell on Feb. 09, 2014, at 1:01 p.m.

College of the Atlantic’s ambitious new goal

By John Buell on Feb. 12, 2012, at 1:43 p.m.

The personal automobile makes for a bad romance

By John Buell on Sept. 13, 2010, at 7:04 p.m.
Reading about another tragic life-altering car crash here on Mount Desert Island reminded me of an old newspaper headline. Ten years ago a newspaper in Saskatchewan, which has a population slightly …

Spirituality, economics and nature

By John Buell on Aug. 30, 2010, at 7:35 p.m.
The United States lags the world in responding to climate change. Guardian columnist George Monbiot points out …

Are we bidding farewell to advocacy journalism?

By John Buell on Aug. 16, 2010, at 6:11 p.m.
With the passing of Daniel Schorr and the forced retirement of Helen Thomas, are we bidding farewell to “advocacy journalism,” the journalist who makes news rather than reports it? I think not. …

Afternoon spent listening to talk radio

By John Buell on Aug. 02, 2010, at 6 p.m.
Recently on a dull Sunday afternoon I tuned in a local talk radio program. Talk radio generally pains me, not so much because of the content as the tone. Tone and content are not fully severable, but …

Recovering from deficit obsessions

By John Buell on July 19, 2010, at 5:46 p.m.
The politics of private and government debt provide an occasion to contest both conventional economic theory and related moral narratives. The old story is that a profligate working class and …

Spending not the cause of our problems

By John Buell on July 05, 2010, at 7:28 p.m.

Countering US deficit mania

By John Buell on June 21, 2010, at 8:30 p.m.
Many of the same folks who overlooked skyrocketing mortgage debt and an unprecedented housing bubble now demand that governments rapidly balance their budgets. Following their advice would be …

Corporate, religious terrorism

By John Buell on June 07, 2010, at 6:37 p.m.
Why won’t our leaders call BP a terrorist, a label readily applied not only to Faisal Shazhad but also to radical Muslims? Even if BP is indicted, few will question its right to the best defense …

Arizona and the politics of immigration

By John Buell on May 24, 2010, at 6:18 p.m.
Arizona, a U.S. state for only about a century, serves as microcosm of our national experience. Most of our ancestors are from away, do not share a common heritage and have seen themselves as God’s …

Give me your huddled masses — sometimes

By John Buell on May 10, 2010, at 6:53 p.m.
The president may have no appetite for immigration reform, but most commentators find it hard to avoid. Liberal columnist Paul Krugman agonizes over the topic in recent blog posts: “Democrats are …

Coal and predatory capitalism

By John Buell on April 26, 2010, at 6:47 p.m.
Just days after the worst U.S. coal mine disaster in a quarter-century, the World Bank approved a $3.75 billion loan to South Africa to build one of the world’s largest coal-fired electric power …

Humans, climate change

By John Buell on March 29, 2010, at 7:16 p.m.
Despite growing consensus among scientists regarding human-induced climate change, the U.S. remains a leader in resistance to corrective action. Some blame our recalcitrance on the small minority of …

Excess of supervisors dulls firms’ productivity

By John Buell on March 15, 2010, at 5:55 p.m.
Remember when the U.S. model of “flexible” labor markets, deregulated transportation and innovative finance was supposed to be an example to the world? Freed from the constraints of minimum …