Sam Pizzigati

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President Donald Trump looks on next to Anthony Fauci, director of the NIH National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, during a meeting at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland on March 3, 2020. Views
Sunday, March 22, 2020
How to Wage War, FDR-Style, on Our Pandemic
The United States, President Donald Trump is now proclaiming , stands at "war." We are facing, in the novel coronavirus, "an invisible enemy" that could claim the lives of more Americans than every shooting war America has ever fought. But that sort of terrible toll, public health people have been...
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In deeply unequal societies like our own, a wealthy few can exploit such catastrophes to make themselves even wealthier. (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Wednesday, March 18, 2020
Coronavirus and the 'Shock Doctrine'
We all have to come together. We need to help each other. We don’t have time for politics as usual. In times of crisis like the current coronavirus pandemic, these sorts of calls for cooperation become the drumbeat of our daily lives. Unfortunately, no drumbeat ever gets everybody marching in sync...
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The Wall Street giants whose reckless and even criminal behavior ushered in the 2008 crisis ended up, after the dust settled, even bigger and more powerful than before the crisis began. Views
Saturday, March 14, 2020
Does the Coronavirus Crisis Have to End with a Wealthier Wealthy?
We all have to come together. We need to help each other. We don’t have time for politics as usual. In times of crisis — the current coronavirus pandemic, for instance — these sorts of calls for cooperation become the drumbeat of our daily lives. And most all of us march to that drumbeat because we...
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Saturday, February 22, 2020
What Billionaires Really Love About Hard Work
Billionaire White House hopeful Michael Bloomberg must have known the question was coming. At the February 19 Democratic presidential debate in Las Vegas, the question did come — from NBC’s Chuck Todd. Should billionaires, Todd wanted to know, exist? “Have you earned too much — has it been an...
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Saturday, February 08, 2020
Living in Inequality, Dying in Despair
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released some welcome news late last month: Americans are living a tiny bit longer. In 2018, the federal health agency reported, U.S. life expectancy at birth inched up about a month, from 78.6 to 78.7 years. The Trump administration, predictably...
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Last May, the United Steelworkers union noted that the newly merged DowDupont was paying its CEO 249 times more than the company’s median worker. (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Monday, January 27, 2020
Trump’s EPA Is a Huge Cancer Risk
This January, President Trump claimed credit for new figures from the American Cancer Society showing “the sharpest one-year drop in cancer death rate ever recorded” between 2016 and 2017. The society politely pointed out that the Trump administration had nothing to do with this encouraging decline...
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President Donald Trump at the 2020 World Economic Forum summit in Davos, Switzerland Views
Sunday, January 26, 2020
The Evolution of ‘Davos Man’ into . . . Trump Fan!
he biggest surprise up in the Swiss Alps this week at the Davos World Economic Forum? Reporters who cover this annual global bacchanal of billionaires are marveling at the warm and friendly reception that has greeted Donald Trump. The world’s deepest pockets have wined and dined with the U.S...
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 Bloomberg is currently sitting on a personal fortune worth $52 billion. He could easily afford to invest $6.3 billion in a presidential campaign—or even less on a primary. (Photo: Gage Skidmore/flickr/cc) Views
Wednesday, November 27, 2019
For Billionaire Bloomberg, Trying to Buy the Presidency Is Just a Sound Investment
Gracie Mansion, the official residence of New York’s mayors since 1942, hosted billionaire Michael Bloomberg for three terms. The first of these terms began after Bloomberg, then the Republican candidate for mayor, spent an incredible $74 million to get himself elected in 2001. He spent, in effect...
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Sunday, November 10, 2019
Inequality and the Iron Law of Decaying Public Services
Fires are raging everywhere in California these days, and firefighters are having enormous trouble keeping up. Chronically understaffed local fire departments simply don’t have the resources to handle act one of what climate change has in store for us. California’s wealthy aren’t particularly...
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William the Conqueror pillaged and plundered to become one of the 20 wealthiest human beings in history. In modern times, bonus-chasing CEOs have followed suit. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons) Views
Tuesday, November 05, 2019
William the Conqueror and CEO pay
The next time you go to the movies, remember the Norman conquest of 1066. That’s when William the Conqueror crossed over the English Channel from Normandy and defeated the last Anglo-Saxon king, changing the course of world history. Back then, the feudal system was in full swing, with medieval...
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