Skip to main content

Why are the billionaires always laughing?

Because they know the corporate media will never call bullshit on their bullshit.

Why are the billionaires laughing?

It’s easy to laugh when the corporate press treats you as a glorious success instead of the epitome of a broken social order. Billionaires laugh because they know the corporate media prefers to fawn over them rather than hold them to account.

Today, we ask you to support our nonprofit, independent journalism because we are not impressed by billionaires flying into space, their corporations despoiling our health and planet, or their vast fortunes safely concealed in tax havens across the globe. We are not laughing.

We are hard at work producing journalism for the common good. With our Fall Campaign underway, please support this mission today. We cannot do it without you.

Support Our Work -- Join the small group of generous readers who donate, keeping Common Dreams free for millions of people each year. Every donation—large or small—helps us bring you the news that matters.

Bill Blum

Bill Blum

Bill Blum is a former administrative law judge and death penalty defense attorney. He is the author of three legal thrillers published by Penguin/Putnam and a contributing writer for California Lawyer Magazine. His non-fiction work has appeared in a wide variety of publications, ranging from The Nation and The Progressive to the Los Angeles Times, the L.A. Weekly and Los Angeles Magazine.

Articles by this author


The US Supreme Court's Crisis of Legitimacy

New opinion polling shows that public approval of the court has plunged to record lows—and for good reason.

Bill Blum ·

DOJ Pushback on Texas Abortion Ban Is a Welcome Sign

Garland explained in a press conference that the department is fully committed to defending abortion rights.

Bill Blum ·

What We Can Learn from the Derek Chauvin Trial

After a long and shameful history of police violence against Black people, the George Floyd murder case might finally bring about some justice.

Bill Blum ·

25th Amendment or Impeachment? The Answer: Both

The punishment would fit the crime, and he’d be stripped of unwarranted perks.

Bill Blum ·

Unequal Justice: The Treachery of Samuel Alito

His record of arch-conservatism makes him more closely akin to a Fox News host than a Supreme Court Justice.

Bill Blum ·

Confirmation Hearings Exposed Barrett as a Hardcore Rightwing Activist

Her goal on the court will be to drive America back to the days before the New Deal and the civil rights movement.

Bill Blum ·

Trump: Will We Ever Lock Him Up?

Trump’s misconduct in office could lead to criminal prosecution.

Bill Blum ·

Unequal Justice: Trump's Supreme Takeover

If the president gets to appoint another SCOTUS judge, we'll be paying the price for decades to come.

Bill Blum ·

Sign up for our newsletter.

Quality journalism. Progressive values. Direct to your inbox.

Support our work.

We are independent, non-profit, advertising-free and 100% reader supported.

Subscribe to our newsletter.

Quality journalism. Progressive values.
Direct to your inbox.

Subscribe to our Newsletter.

Common Dreams, Inc. Founded 1997. Registered 501(c3) Non-Profit | Privacy Policy
Common Dreams Logo