Sam Pizzigati

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Sunday, November 22, 2020
The Rain on Our Yes-We-Now-Have-a-Vaccine! Parade
Who doesn’t like a race? A grand global race, like the competition to run the first mile under four minutes. Or the race to scale the world’s highest mountain. Or be the first to walk on the moon. Now we find ourselves in a race of much greater import: the dash to develop an effective vaccine for...
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Former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg attends his rally held at The Rustic on February 27, 2020 in Houston. Views
Saturday, November 14, 2020
Why Can’t Inner-Ring Democrats Just Say ‘No’ to Billionaires?
ave you heard the latest about the strategic political genius of billionaire Michael Bloomberg? The political brilliance, you might skeptically ask, of Michael Bloomberg ? The same Michael Bloomberg who had to spend a record $99 per vote to get himself elected mayor of New York in 2001, another $...
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U.S. President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden participate in the final presidential debate at Belmont University on October 22, 2020 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo: Jim Bourg-Pool/Getty Images) Views
Sunday, November 08, 2020
The 2020 Election as a Triumph for Democracy? Hold the Hosannas
In real horse races — races that actual horses run — the winners go on to run other races. Racehorses do races. They have no other responsibility. In our political horse races, winners do have another responsibility. We expect them to go on and govern, to make and execute policy decisions. Horse...
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Sunday, October 25, 2020
Out of the UK, a Bold Pay Prescription for a Post-Trump America
On November 9, 1932, the day after Election Day, progressively minded Americans woke up feeling a sense of relief — and a sense they might finally have an opportunity to forge real social change. At that moment, in the depth of the Great Depression, progressives could sense a new beginning...
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In one world, the world of the vast majority, people struggle day in and day out for economic security. (Photo: Len Tsou/Flickr/cc) Views
Friday, September 25, 2020
Let’s Start Debating What Dooms Democracy: Concentrated Wealth
White House that muses openly about not counting votes. A Senate rushing to cement in place a fiercely conservative Supreme Court. We have plenty of reasons these days to despair for our democracy. The Commission on Presidential Debates has just added another. This independent blue-ribbon panel has...
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The new Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial, designed by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry, encapsulates Eisenhower's legacy in a four-acre urban park at the base of Capitol Hill featuring a stainless steel tapestry depicting beaches of D-Day, heroic-sized bronze sculptures, and stone bas reliefs. (Photo: Evelyn Hockstein/For The Washington Post via Getty Images) Views
Friday, September 18, 2020
Remembering Ike, Our Unexpected Egalitarian
In normal times, the dedication of a new presidential memorial right in the heart of Washington, D.C. would be much more than fairly big news. Pundits the nation over would find the dedication an irresistible opportunity for pontification about the legacy of the newly honored national leader. But...
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Sunday, September 13, 2020
Why Don't People Call You a Genius? You Don't Have a Billion Dollars
If you have a lot of money, one potent strain within American political folklore avows, you must have a lot of smarts. Or, as the classic putdown puts it, “if you’re so smart, why ain’t you rich?” By this folkloric yardstick, America’s really rich — the wealthy, for instance, who fill the just-...
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Oklahoma State Cowboys stadium empty on November 2, 2019 at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Oklahoma. (Photo by William Purnell/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) Views
Monday, August 17, 2020
A Moment of Reckoning for Greed on the Gridiron
This hasn’t been a great week for America’s college football coaches. The prospect of losing the entire 2020 college football season to the coronavirus has a ton of them fuming. Canceling the fall football season, Nebraska coach Scott Frost bluntly asserted before the 14 universities that make up...
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Members of National Nurses United, the largest nurses union in the United States, protest in front of the White House April 21, 2020 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images) Views
Monday, August 10, 2020
Within Healthcare USA, Risk and Reward Have Never Been More Out of Kilter
How’s pandemic life been going for you? If you work in America’s healthcare industry, that depends. That totally depends. If you happen to provide healthcare services to actual Covid-19 patients—as a nurse or a doctor, an orderly or a physician’s assistant—this has been the year from hell. Amid the...
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Sunday, June 21, 2020
For a Racism-Free 22nd Century, We Need a Billionaire-Free 21st
The novel coronavirus just keeps coming — and so do the billions for America’s top billionaires. The nation’s five richest — Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Warren Buffett, and Larry Ellison — have added a combined $101.7 billion to their net worth since the virus hit hard nationally in...
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