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Is Trump A Populist Or A Plutocrat?

William S. Becker | Posted 01.17.2017 | Politics
William S. Becker

Plutocracy: A country or society governed by the wealthy. Populism: A political style of action that mobilizes a large alienated element of populatio...


Martin Lobel | Posted 01.13.2017 | Politics
Martin Lobel

Martin Lobel is Chairman of the Board of Tax Analysts, but the opinions expressed here are his and are not necessarily those of Tax Analysts Believe ...

Can Seattle Afford to Pay a Premium Minimum Wage?

Timothy J. Barnett | Posted 12.03.2014 | Politics
Timothy J. Barnett

With so many business-hub communities surrounding Seattle (more than a dozen not counting bedroom communities), residents desiring low-cost local services do not have to drive far to find businesses not constrained by the new minimum wage.

Envy and Jealousy? Gag Me With a Silver Spoon

Michael Winship | Posted 05.25.2014 | Business
Michael Winship

The argument goes that instead of being jealous, we all should be working in harmony together to create jobs and opportunity. Problem is, the deeply rich talk about building the economy but do almost nothing about it.

Plutocrats Despising the Poor: An American Tradition

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 04.16.2014 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

It's amazing how these people can whine in public about how they're being mistreated by people who change the sheets at the luxury hotels they stay in. But if you spend your life surrounded with sycophants who constantly tell you how brilliant you are it's possible to exist inside a bubble inside a bubble inside a bubble.

Paul Blumenthal

What This 1-Percenter's Support For Democrats Tells Us About Campaign Finance | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 02.14.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Tom Perkins, tech industry investor and the Paul Revere of the "war on the 1 percent," used to give money to and advise Democratic polit...

Perkinsonism: A Plutocrat Neurological Disorder

Dan Agin | Posted 03.29.2014 | Business
Dan Agin

Perkinsonism is a rare clinical disorder found in the minority of plutocrats in any society. As a behavioral/neurological disorder, it's characterized by a number of symptoms.

Thanks to Pope Francis, Revolt Against the Global Super-Rich Is Underway

Chrystia Freeland | Posted 11.26.2014 | World
Chrystia Freeland

The recognition by Pope Francis and others that surging income inequality is an urgent political problem marks an important shift.

Plutocrats Versus the People: Another World Is Possible

Alnoor Ladha | Posted 06.05.2013 | Politics
Alnoor Ladha

As the Victorian writer Matthew Arnold once wrote, we are "wandering between two worlds, one dead and the other powerless to be born." The establishment might reinforce that fatalism, but from the vantage point of the World Social Forum, the horizon hails a new world ready to be born.

Chrystia Freeland: On the Super Rich Persecution Complex

92nd Street Y | Posted 02.09.2013 | Politics
92nd Street Y

In the final part of our three part interview, Thomson Reuters Digital Editor Chrystia Freeland spoke with us about the super rich and their feeling o...

Chrystia Freeland: On the Self Tax and Democratic Government

92nd Street Y | Posted 02.02.2013 | Politics
92nd Street Y

Thomson Reuters Digital Editor Chrystia Freeland recently spoke with us about her new book, Plutocrats: The Rise of the New Global Super-Rich and the ...

Authority or Authoritarian

Paula Gordon | Posted 12.22.2012 | Politics
Paula Gordon

Finally! The real Mitt Romney, not the glossy PR portrait, has emerged. The look and manner is as familiar as it is offensive. It's corporate America's "I'll get you for that/you're toast" look.

The Problem of Plutocrats: What a 19th-Century Economist Can Teach Us About Today's Capitalism

Chrystia Freeland | Posted 12.21.2012 | Politics
Chrystia Freeland

America today urgently needs a 21st-century Henry George -- a thinker who embraces the wealth-creating power of capitalism, but squarely faces the inequity of its current manifestation.

Deja Vu All Over Again*

Paula Gordon | Posted 12.15.2012 | Politics
Paula Gordon

Getting -- and counting -- every single legitimate vote cast that day is the surest path to rekindling the spirit not only of '68. It's also true to the Spirit of '76. That would be 1776: principles and lessons of the past helping US to guide and create our future.

Uber-Rich Porn

Peter S. Goodman | Posted 11.24.2012 | Business
Peter S. Goodman

An emerging global elite is increasingly intent on amassing more than ever while writing the rules to ensure they hang on to as much as they can. This is the fundamental takeaway from Chrystia Freeland's important new book, Plutocrats: The Rise of the New Global Super-Rich and the Fall of Everyone Else.

Feint Praise

Paula Gordon | Posted 11.24.2012 | Politics
Paula Gordon

When the plutocrats and their minions abuse the average citizen, it is called "oppression." When the oppressed presumed to assert their rights as citizens, the Republicans call it "class warfare." We call it justice ... or, the American way. No feints in that.

Boob! Why Don't You Buck Like Thunder?

Susie Bright | Posted 11.08.2011 | Politics
Susie Bright

If I were president, I would not be making a speech about jobs. This is Superman time: Lights, Camera, Shut-up, Action. I'd do something or die trying.

Rule AND Ruin

Paula Gordon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paula Gordon

We're fighting off a killer infestation. Two, actually. The first is in our solarium and threatens the life of a long-suffering plant. The second is...