Sam Pizzigati

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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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US Representative Frank Pallone, Democrat of New Jersey, puts on a mask during a press conference about COVID-19 testing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, May 27, 2020. (Photo: Saul Loeb/ AFP/ via Getty Images) Views
Saturday, May 30, 2020
America Bravely Marches Towards 'Failed State' Status
mericans have at various times in our past battled horrific bouts with infectious disease. And Americans have lived through times of sheer economic desperation. But we’ve never — until this corona spring — experienced both at once. The stats out this week have made this grim landmark “official.”...
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Musk forced Tesla workers into the same lose-lose bind that faces meatpacking workers in states like Nebraska. Views
Saturday, May 16, 2020
Civil Disobedience, Billionaire-Style
Earlier this week, billionaire Elon Musk defied local public health officials and reopened his flagship Tesla auto assembly plant in Fremont, California. Public safety officials had ordered that plant shut down—over Musk's fierce opposition—almost two months earlier. "Dumb" concern about the...
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Saturday, May 02, 2020
Our Slaughterhouses Not Just for Cattle, Hogs, and Poultry Anymore. Add People.
Some businesses make us feel all warm and cuddly. Like bakeries. Who can resist smiling just thinking about the smell of newly baked bread? But other businesses — like meatpacking — we do our best to ignore. Who wants to think about blood and guts and squealing pigs? But think we must. Unsavory...
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Saturday, April 11, 2020
If the Rich Trust in Hydroxychloroquine, Should We?
Donald Trump the president last Saturday became Donald Trump the pitchman. He didn’t pitch any policy. He pitched instead what some are calling a “game changer” in the war against coronavirus, an 85-year-old anti-malaria medicine known as hydroxychloroquine. Exhorted Trump at his April 4 daily...
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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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