Sam Pizzigati

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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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Sunday, November 11, 2018
The House Has Gone Democratic. Can the House Now Go Bold?
Tony Maxwell, a retired African-American naval officer, was trying — without much success — to get his Jacksonville, Florida neighbor to go with him to the mid-term election polls and vote. The young neighbor, a high-school-dropout, had no interest in taking the ride. “Voting,” the young man...
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A caricature of billionaire Sheldon Adelson attacks the White House. Views
Sunday, November 04, 2018
Mouthy Moguls: Our Latest Disappearing Species
Can American democracy survive the grand — and growing — personal fortunes of America’s billionaires? A just-released Institute for Policy Studies report, Billionaire Bonanza 2018 , offers ample cause for worry. The families of America’s top billionaires, the study shows, are becoming multi-...
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Monday, October 15, 2018
Confronting Climate Change in a Deeply Unequal World
wo meticulously sourced — and deeply disturbing — warnings about our shared global future have appeared over the past week. One has terrified much of the world. The other hasn’t, not yet at least, but most certainly should. You’ve most likely already encountered the first of these warnings, a grim...
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These corporate giants create grand fortunes for those who run them. And those who run them create chronic economic insecurity for those they employ and the communities where they live. (Photo: a.mina/flickr/cc) Views
Tuesday, October 02, 2018
Share the Wealth? We Can Start Now – Here’s How
In the United States, back during the Great Depression, three simple words animated a grassroots upsurge that would help make this nation the world’s first mass middle-class society: Share the wealth! And the nation did. By the end of the 1960s, the top one percent’s share of America’s national...
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We have no sign that the luck of that top 0.01 percent will be turning anytime soon. (Photo: Philipp/cc/flickr) Views
Wednesday, September 05, 2018
How to Recognize a Plutocracy: The Dead Giveaway
How can we tell when a democracy, or rule by the people, evolves into a plutocracy, the reign of the rich? Easy. We have a democracy when a political system can and does make a good-faith effort to address the problems average people face. In a plutocracy, on the other hand, the political system...
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Saturday, September 01, 2018
Taxpayers Are Footing the Bill for Sky-High CEO Salaries
Politicians often gab about the “private sector” and the “public sector,” as if these two categories of economic activity operated as two completely separate worlds. In reality, these two sectors have always been deeply intertwined. "Without the tax dollars we provide, almost every major...
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