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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 […]

The GOP, the Boxes, and the Uber

The GOP, the Boxes, and the Uber

    By Joel Schlosberg On August 4, Vikas Bajaj devoted a New York Times op-ed to the politics of Uber. The headline contends that “Republicans Are Trying to Turn Uber Into a Partisan Issue,” and that companies like Uber and Airbnb based in the “gig economy” rather than the 9-to-5 realm “hardly fit into […]