Sam Pizzigati

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Saturday, May 11, 2019
Netizens of the World, Unite!
Step into the world of the awesomely affluent and you’ll find plenty of super rich with a simple explanation for their good fortune. I’m creating wealth, the claim typically goes, with the brilliantly “disruptive” new product or service I’ve invented. Our high-tech rich have always seemed...
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Monday, April 15, 2019
How Progressives Can Fix the Progressive Income Tax
This year on Tax Day, for the first time in decades, America’s wealthiest have some genuine reason to worry: The bargain-basement tax rates they’ve enjoyed for over a generation may be on the way out. That prospect would have seemed ridiculously remote just a year ago. The recently passed GOP tax...
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The world’s wealthiest people and their corporations, left to their own devices, would for the most part rather not bear any sort of significant sacrifice.(Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Wednesday, January 30, 2019
Extreme Wealth Threatens Our Very Planet
We either keep fossil fuels in the ground, or we fry. That’s the conclusion of another new blockbuster study on climate change, this one from the National Academy of Sciences . Our fossil-fuel industrial economy, the study details, has made for the fastest climate changes our Earth has ever seen...
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Public education and plutocracy, educator activists in L.A. and nationwide increasingly understand, do not mix. Public schools do not thrive when billionaires prosper.(Photo: @magoo_tweets_2u/Twitter) Views
Wednesday, January 23, 2019
What LA Teachers Tell Us About Rising Inequality
Back during the 1960s and 1970s, in cities, suburbs, and small towns across the United States, teacher strikes made headlines on a fairly regular basis. Teachers in those years had a variety of reasons for walking out. They struck for the right to bargain. They struck for decent pay and benefits...
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UTLA on strike on on January 14, 2019 Views
Sunday, January 20, 2019
The Deep-Pocket Push to Deep-Six Public Schools
Back during the 1960s and 1970s, in cities, suburbs, and small towns across the United States, teacher strikes made headlines on a fairly regular basis. Teachers in those years had a variety of reasons for walking out. They struck for the right to bargain. They struck for decent pay and benefits...
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Certainly we have a political class that’s hostile to the idea. But we don’t have a public that’s hostile to the idea. (Photo: Reed Saxon/AP) Views
Tuesday, December 18, 2018
Jeff Bezos Has Enough! It’s Time for a Maximum Wage
For Republican members of Congress and cable news pundits, a cap on the earnings of the super rich might sound like a dystopian nightmare. Yet, as author Sam Pizzigati argues in his new book, The Case for A Maximum Wage , those who are not ardent free marketeers should give the idea some serious...
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Sunday, December 16, 2018
Can an Unequal Earth Beat Climate Change?
We either keep fossil fuels in the ground, or all of us are going to fry. So essentially posits still another new blockbuster study on climate change, this one just published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences . Our fossil-fuel industrial economy, the study details, has made for...
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“I love Bernie, but I’m not Bernie Sanders,” former Vice President Joseph Biden retorted to a Brookings Institution audience this past May. “I don’t think 500 billionaires are the reason we’re in trouble. (Photo: Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, December 12, 2018
If Democrats Fracture, This Will Be the Fault Line
Back in the closing years of the 20th century, the British Labour Party leader Tony Blair thoroughly redefined his party’s essence. Labour, Blair believed, had to shake off the past and become a political force “on the side” of the upwardly mobile, not just workers and their unions. Blair’s chief...
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An exterior view of the GM Lordstown Plant on November 26, 2018 in Lordstown, Ohio. Views
Sunday, December 02, 2018
GM, Jobs, and Corporate America’s Incentive to Exploit
On Monday morning, November 26, the auto giant General Motors announced plans to shut down production at five plants in the United States and Canada and shear off 15 percent of the company’s salaried jobs. The moves will cost 14,700 GM workers their livelihood. The communities where those workers...
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A number of leading Democrats with eyes on 2020 — and the party’s growing progressive base — have advanced proposals that could spark real change in who owns and runs America. (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Democrats Won Big. Can They Go Bold, Too?
Tony Maxwell, a retired African-American naval officer, was trying to get his Jacksonville, Florida neighbor to go vote with him. The young neighbor, a high-school-dropout, had no interest. “Voting,” the young man declared , “doesn’t change anything.” Can Democrats use their newly won House...
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