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Anarchists Didn’t Start the Fire

Anarchists Didn’t Start the Fire

    By Joel Schlosberg When Joe Biden declared that “arsonists and anarchists should be prosecuted” at a campaign speech in Wilmington, Delaware on July 28, he echoed his archrival Donald Trump. The Democratic candidate’s words could have come from a recent tweet by the  incumbent, who conflated “arsonists, looters, criminals, and anarchists” on June 4. […]

Time to Drop Hamilton’s Economics

Time to Drop Hamilton’s Economics

    By Joel Schlosberg The June 3 premiere of Hamilton on streaming service Disney+ marked the end of a five-year wait for audiences who hadn’t seen the hit musical on stage. Alexander Hamilton’s rivals in Hamilton concede that he “doesn’t get enough credit for all the credit he gave us.” To the contrary, as […]

War is Not Good for the Economy or Living Things

War is Not Good for the Economy or Living Things

    By Joel Schlosberg Has New York Times columnist Paul Krugman become an advocate of laissez-faire? Probably not. But if he carried his observations “On the Economics of Not Dying” (May 28) to their logical conclusion, he just might. Krugman notes that economic growth is “just a means to an end, namely, improving the […]

Kent State, Jackson State, and the State

Kent State, Jackson State, and the State

    by Joel Schlosberg On two days in May fifty years ago, American police and National Guard troops fired their weapons into crowds of anti-Vietnam-War protesters, killing six American students at two American state universities. On May 4, 1970 Ohio National Guard troops fatally wounded Allison Krause, Jeffrey Miller, Sandra Scheuer, and William Schroeder […]

Small Business Versus the State

Small Business Versus the State

    by Joel Schlosberg On April 18, the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program lent out the last of $349 billion it had on hand in emergency funds. Efforts are underway to ensure that those billions will not be the Program’s last. Meanwhile, others question whether small business should be saved. Paris Marx […]

Protectionist Presidents are the Parents of Our Country’s Trusts

Protectionist Presidents are the Parents of Our Country’s Trusts

    by Joel Schlosberg Roger Simmermaker takes the The Wall Street Journal’s editors to task for warning that Donald Trump will “lose” a “war with the laws of economics” if he wages a trade war with China (“Washington and Lincoln Were Also Tariff Men,” December 13). Simmermaker admits that Trump’s tariffs will reduce the […]

Can’t Stop the Bookstore

Can’t Stop the Bookstore

  by Joel Schlosberg Amazon.com’s plans to establish  a pay minimum of $15 an hour for all its domestic workers (Day One: The Amazon Blog, October 2) come across as the real-life version of Mr. Burns from The Simpsons turning his nuclear power plant into a community garden. The Internet sales Goliath is by far […]

The Madness of the Academy

The Madness of the Academy

  by Joel Schlosberg The Academy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Popular Film isn’t winning many popularity contests itself. The announcement on August 8 of the newest “Oscar” has been received with far less enthusiasm than this year’s megahit movies like “Black Panther” and “Mission: Impossible — Fallout” that will vie for the statuette. The […]

The Race is On: Uber versus the Real Sharing Economy

The Race is On: Uber versus the Real Sharing Economy

.   By Joel Schlosberg A new kind of ride has arrived just in time. Early in February, hundreds of Uber drivers converged on the company’s office in Long Island City, Queens to object to sweeping fare reductions. Drivers must charge 15 percent less — while still paying Uber the same percentage, plus the ongoing […]

The Ziegfeld’s Last Picture Show

The Ziegfeld’s Last Picture Show

    By Joel Schlosberg The Ziegfeld, New York City’s most elaborate movie theater, shut its doors after final screenings of Star Wars: The Force Awakens on January 28. Its sumptuous decor in the tradition of early-1900s movie palaces made it the go-to place for premieres. A throwback even when it opened in 1969, let […]

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