Posts tagged “economics”
May 31, 2013Book Discussion with Sam Pizzigati Friday, May 31 @ 12pm AFL-CIO 815 16th St. NW, Washington, DC
Polls now show that two-thirds of Americans believe that the nation’s enormous wealth ought to be “distributed more evenly.” But almost as many Americans—well over half—feel that protests against inequality will ultimately have “little impact.” The rich, millions of us believe, always get their way. But, as Pizzigati shows in the popular history of 1900-1970, the plutocracy can win.Sam Pizzigati, author of The Rich Don’t Always Win, will be at AFL-CIO on Friday, May 31st to discuss and sign his book. Beverages will be provided, but bring your lunch and learn about the forgotten triumph of the American middle class.
More timely than ever with the looming fiscal cliff, Pizzigati explains that there was once a time that the little guys won- and created the American middle class. In his recent LA Times article “The fiscal cliff… of 1932”, Pizzigati says “Is history simply repeating?
April 25, 2013Sam Pizzigati Book Talk Thursday, April 25 @ 7pm
First Church JP, 6 Eliot St
Sam Pizzzigati will be at the First Church of Jamaica Plain in Boston on Thursday, April 15th to discuss how a century ago, just like today, the wealthy dominated the country’s politics and economy, and how over the course of 50 years, the middle class won. Sponsored by Jamaica Plain Forum, Dollars & Sense, United for a Fair Economy, and Class Action, Sam will be discussing his bookhttp://catalog.sevenstories.com/products/rich-dont-always-win, followed by Q&A and a book signing.
hosted a super-rich even more domineering than ours today. Yet fifty years later, that super-rich had almost entirely disappeared. Their majestic mansions and estates had become museums and college campuses, and America had become a vibrant, mass middle class nation, the first and finest the world had ever seen.
Americans today ought to be taking no small inspiration from this stunning change.
September 27, 2012
Noam Chomsky, known throughout the world for his political and philosophical writings as well as for his groundbreaking linguistics work, is the Inaugural recipient being honored with at the People Before Profits! dinner, awards celebration, and fundraiser Thursday, September 27th at 5:30pm, hosted by the Center for Popular Economics. The celebratin will include Noam Chomsky as the keynote speaker, lively discussion, inspirational speakers, and a delicious dinner. Ticket prices range from $75-150. To reserve yours, visit Brown Paper Tickets.
Following the celebration dinner, Noam Chomsky will be giving a public talk, Who Owns the World? Resistance & Ways Forward, at the Fine Arts Center. You can reserve up to two seats call the Fine Arts Center Box Office at 545-2511 or 1-800-999-UMAS outside the local calling area, Monday-Friday from 10am to 6pm (suggested donation $10).
To learn more about these events, sponsored by Center for Popular Economics, visit the events page.
May 12, 2011"What are the chances of a small number of the mega-rich putting ample resources behind basic changes that benefit people but upset vested interests? Issues such as a living wage, Medicare for all, and cracking down on corporate crime were part of the agenda for the Meliorists featured in my book. The difference between justice and charity is taking on power to benefit people."
April 13, 2011To get good seats for Snooki, some students showed up seven hours early. The decision to invite her at $32,000 was made by the students themselves, so this was also democracy in action. Snooki is a Jersey girl, and the venue was in New Jersey, but the students’ identification with her goes a lot deeper, I think. They like her because she is wholly untalented and unapologetically stupid. Her vapidity gives them hope. If someone this unexceptional can cash in on fifteen glorious minutes, then maybe the good, easy life can be theirs also, unless, of course, they like to cogitate and can string three or four sentences together. If that’s the case, then fuggedaboutit. Onto the trash heap you go!
April 1, 2011Warren Buffet is involved in a situation in which he is deciding whether one of his employees, David Sokol, did something wrong and possibly illegal when he bought close to $10 million in Lubrizol stock prior to Buffet's firm, Berkshire Hathaway, making an offer to buy the company. Buffet should be careful in his defense of Sokol that it wasn't just Sokol who did something wrong here and quite possibly illegal . . . Conflicts are certain to arise when the party making the decisions to act is the party making the judgment as to whether and how to mete out punishment. Buffet cannot play both roles, even though at times he does seem to be omniscient and all powerful.
April 1, 2011If we don't come to understand the underlying reasons for the current crisis and enact real reform of Wall Street and the banks and get big corporate money out of our elections we face a future that is truly frightening.
March 11, 2011I’m not the only person who has noticed that those who are destroying the planet almost never pay any real costs themselves. What happened to Tony Hayward, CEO of British Petroleum, who among others should be held accountable for the massive Deepwater Horizon oil spill? He was released from his position with a $1.6 million severance payment, as well as an annual pension of about $1 million (he also holds several million shares of BP stock). While some daring souls have boldly asked whether it might be a teensy bit appropriate to, ahem, politely request an inquiry into whether this severance package should be reduced even the tiniest bit, I’ve not seen many public calls (though I’ve heard a lot of private calls) for Hayward’s head to be paraded around New Orleans on a pike.
January 28, 2011"There are an awful lot of people who . . . simply absorb the perspective of the newscasters who say, “Economic growth, good; economic stagnation, bad.” And of course if you care more about the economic system than life on the planet, this is true. If, however, you care more about life than the economic system, it is not quite so true"
January 19, 2011"Though it’s fiction, the book can serve as a handbook for activists to get their issues out to a wider public using fun and spectacle. . . . Fewer boring technical explanations. Less apocalyptic fear. More fun and hope. It might just be crazy enough to work." - Eric Curren at TransitionVoice.com