Crony Capitalism

The Communities Amazon Turned Down Should Rejoice

HQ2 might seem sexy, but cities are better off investing in resilient economies than the Next Big Thing.

No Good Deed Goes Unpunished

Bradley Birkenfeld exposed massive tax evasion in offshore banks, and was jailed for his efforts.

Cronyism in Action: Government’s Cozy Ties to Big Tech & Big War (WATCH)

How have defense contractors and technology firms benefitted from the government tilting the market in their favor? Watch the full discussion here!

Beltway Bandits, Cronyism and the DoD’s Exclusive Contracts

Amazon’s bid for $10 billion cloud computing deal has competitors crying foul.

How D.C. Lobbyists Got China’s ZTE Off the Hook

No surprise that a foreign influence operation is lurking behind Trump’s abrupt policy shift.

The Postal Service & Amazon: Crony Capitalism Delivered to Your Door

About this, at least, Donald Trump is right.

Welcome to the Welfare-Warfare State

And beware the three-headed hydra of militarism, constitutional flaccidity and profligate domestic spending.

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How the Cult of the Colossal Imperils American Agriculture

Stressed-out farmers today only grow food for global consumption, and that is leading to a crisis at home.

Elon Musk: Government-Subsidized Pied Piper

The captain of cheesy stunts, his trendy space debris is destined to orbit the sun for an estimated billion years.

The Navy Wants $1.5 Billion in Additional Goodies. We Want an Audit.

And this is after a record-spending budget agreement was already signed.

What Has $49 Billion in Foreign Military Aid Bought Us? Not Much

Without clear purpose and oversight, it’s become just another expensive welfare program.

Davos is Crony Capitalism on Steroids

“Where the elite, meet”—and reaffirm their mutual interests on either side of the revolving door.

Trump’s National Defense Strategy Has the Pentagon Popping Champagne

Along with the entire the military-industrial complex.

Cutting Through the Fed’s Orwellian Doublethink

They keep accommodating the Treasury Department’s excesses. Will the new chairman continue to say one thing and do another?

How the Military-Industrial Complex Hurts Service Member Safety

The Pentagon’s spending priorities are upside-down, and it’s putting our national security at risk.

Washington’s Gutless Approach to Our Addiction Crisis

While other countries decriminalize, Trump is keeping Big Pharma and Big Prisons happy.

How We Subsidize Suburbia

Federal intervention—not the free market—made sprawl the way we live today.