Posts tagged “huffington post”
Sam Pizzigati argues in a Huffington Post op-ed that the middle class beat back the rich once and can do it again
November 30, 2012
Sam Pizzigati, a veteran labor journalist and the editor of Too Much, an online weekly on excess and inequality, has a new book that tells the story of how the middle class fought against the overwhelming power of the rich in the first half of the twentieth century-and won! The Rich Don’t Always Win offers inspiring ideas for today’s unbalanced society, here are a few “Plutocracy-Busting Ideas” that Pizzigati wrote about in the Huffington Post.
Two: Leverage the power of the public purse against excessive corporate executive pay. Congress can’t set direct limits on private corporate executive pay, yesterday’s progressives understood. But Congress could impose limits indirectly by denying federal government contracts and subsidies to corporations that lavished rewards on top executives.
In 1933, then-senator and later Supreme Court justice Hugo Black won congressional approval for legislation that denied federal air- and ocean-mail contracts to companies that paid their execs over $17,500, about $300,000 in today’s dollars.
September 24, 2012
The upcoming memoir, by Laurie Rubin, takes a look at her life as an international opera singer who happens to be blind. From her loneliness and isolation as a middle schooler to her experiences skiing, Rubin offers her young readers a life-story rich in detail and inspiration drawn from everyday challenges. Colors, Laurie Rubin tells us, affect everyone through sound, smell, taste, and a vast array of emotions and atmospheres. She explains that although she has been blind since birth, she has experienced color all her life.
Alan Elsner, of The Huffington Post, says about the book:
“Entrancing memoir…Rubin is a fizzy and effervescent presence whose unquenchable lust for life is utterly charming and persuasive.”
To read the entire article, click here.
Look out for Laurie Rubin’s Do You Dream in Color?, out this October.
July 27, 2012
“The U.S. is one of four countries in the world with a rising maternal death rate. California reported a tripling in the maternal death rate between 1996 and 2006. This problem, in my opinion, should occupy more of our attention than the tizzy over the home birth rate, which affects such a small portion of our population.”
Ina May Gaskin, author of Birth Matters: A Midwife’s Manifesta, is a fierce force in the choice for women to conduct home-birthing. In America, only a very small portion of women choose to conduct home births. Yet the US’s maternal death rate is, as Gaskin puts it, ”not enviable.” Though home-birthing isn’t a massive phenomena, some countries use police force to pressure women away from midwife-assisted birth. Why so staunchy on women’s choices? The answer isn’t clear.
Read Gaskin’s Huffpost article here.
June 8, 2012
“What do Arctic drilling and drone killing have in common? They are both being decided by Barack Obama without public debate. A May 24 front-page article in the New York Times made clear that Obama got personally involved and fast-tracked Shell’s drilling permits”
Check out the rest of Subhankar’s article on the Huffington Post.
April 2, 2012
“Ralph Nader recently published the most improbable of books, a novel titled Only the Super-Rich Can Save Us. Nader, looking at the grotesque economic and political power imbalance in the U.S., imagined that a cabal of billionaires led by Warren Buffet and Ted Turner have an outbreak of conscience and become crusaders for progressive reform. It’s Nader’s way of both laying out a reform agenda and spotlighting where the real power lies.”
March 20, 2012
“Video games used to be an outlet for the next-level artist (before they started selling more than movies, that is). Anthropy is calling for a return to the medium’s wacky heyday. Not content with letting video games fall by the wayside of artistic potential, Anthropy creates games that touch upon larger issues than just the destruction of some cliched alien race.”
February 16, 2012
“..my favourite transgender book for any age group. 10,000 Dresses is a simple, powerful book and when I show it to my students or at talks I give, people inevitably respond very well to it and find it moving.”
January 18, 2012
“49 million people in the U.S.—one in four children—don’t know where their next meal is coming from, despite our having the means to provide nutritious, affordable food for all Americans.”
October 20, 2011
“[T]he internal logic of the double standard that designed Mistressdom is rooted in the ideal of empowering men by disempowering women, making it impossible to create Misterdom as a parallel”
July 12, 2011
“For the first time in history, young people are growing up in the presence of legally sanctioned gay marriage (and divorce), an experience that will influence how they shape their lives in a world that is marching away from homophobia and allowing gays and lesbians to unite in marriage, to raise their children, and to expect to receive the same rights and to be subject to the same obligations as heterosexual spouses. As more gay men and women decide to marry, they will shore up the very institution whose decline the wider society mourns.” — Elizabeth Abbott