This weekend we have articles on the Moral Mondays movement in North Carolina, how judicial elections corrupt state courts, the impact of tax policy on income inequality, a debate on online college courses, and FBI abuses against student movements in the 1960s. (More)

Moral Monday North Carolina

North Carolina’s Tug-of-War – the story of the growing battle between an increasingly progressive populace in North Carolina, and the conservative legislators and multimillionaires who are trying to cement in a reactionary agenda at the state level. For a profile of Art Pope, the leading conservative multimillionaire behind the conservative movement in North Carolina, see this article. And if you live in North Carolina, please get involved in the Moral Monday movement that is fighting back against the conservative onslaught.

Justice At Risk – a report documenting how state judicial elections, and the obscene amounts of money being raised in them, are corrupting state judicial systems.

Rising Income Inequality and the Role of Shifting Market-Income Distribution, Tax Burdens, and Tax Rates – a report documenting how the rise in income inequality over the past 30 years has been accelerated by an increasingly less progressive tax system.

Are MOOCs Good for Students? – a series of articles debating massive open online courses (MOOCs), which supporters claim will increase access to educational opportunities and which critics contend will undermine public university systems and the most important value of education, which is learning the ability to think.

Berkeley: What We Didn’t Know – a review of the book Subversives: The FBI’s War on Student Radicals and Reagan’s Rise to Power, which documents how the FBI abused its authority in targeting radical student groups the 1960s as a way to gain political power.