Stories by Evan Falchuk
THERE WAS A TIME when the idea of government serving the public good meant something in our country. Government was the means by which people who wanted to pursue transcendent, historic, collective goals could channel their ambition. It’s how Americans took on visionary projects like building the interstate highway system, or fighting for civil rights,(...)
Forget tax breaks, think about your obligation to the country
IT’S A STORY TYPICAL of 21st century America. Amazon, a $150 billion company with $12 billion a year in profit and more than $20 billion in the bank, tells governments across North America they should drop what they’re doing and compete, with just a few weeks notice, for the promise of thousands of new workers(...)
The party needs a 21st Century New Deal
AMERICAN POLITICS has changed. The driving force today is class – working people versus the wealthy, connected elite – and working people feel angry and left behind. They feel they’re missing out on the American Dream, and wonder what happened to that dream. They’re fighting wars that, after a decade and a half, still leave(...)
Class is key; third parties are a dead end
WE’RE ALL TRYING to figure out how it came to pass that Donald Trump is now our President-elect. Here are three key takeaways from last night’s vote. American politics has realigned around class, not cultural values. Race was an important factor in the election, but it doesn’t explain how states that voted for Obama went(...)
Why is secretary of state bashing United Independent Party?
William Galvin, the secretary of state, has made no secret of his open hostility to the United Independent Party. In a recent interview with the Boston Globe, he made a series of claims about the UIP that are totally out of line and inappropriate for someone in his position as the state’s top elections official.(...)
Should we be committing public dollars to lure big companies?
GENERAL ELECTRIC’S DECISION to move its corporate headquarters to Boston says a lot of great things about our state. According to GE’s chairman and CEO, Jeff Immelt, the company picked Boston because it is a “dynamic and creative city,” with a “diverse, technologically-fluent workforce” that aspires to be a leader in “the digital transformation of(...)
Falchuk criticizes withdrawal of Worcester invitation
I’ve heard of debates where the sponsoring news outlets just don’t invite any candidates if they don’t belong to the Democratic or Republican parties – such as the Boston Globe-WGBH upcoming debate on October 21. I’ve also heard of debates where the major-party candidates bow out or cancel at the last minute, citing a “scheduling(...)