Jan. 17, 2011 The New Yorker’s James Surowiecki wrote “State Of The Unions” about how the unions of the Great Depression helped create the American middle class after World War Two. People who do not belong to unions do not realize they benefit from their effect on corporations and government programs.
Jill Lepore wrote “The Commandments” about people who worship the US Constitution.
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Oct. 11, 2010 The New Yorker’s James Surowiecki wrote “The Business Movie Business” about movies like Oliver Stone’s Wall Street. Corporations are again villains in movies like The Constant Gardener and Michael Clayton like they were during the Great Depression (recommend Baby Face).
Jake Halpern wrote “Pay Up” about bill collectors who cannot pay their bills.
On Aug. 16, 2010 The New Yorker’s James Surowiecki wrote “Soak The Very, Very Rich” about ending the Bush tax cut. Only three percent of Americans make over $250,000 and they would barely notice a slight tax increase. During the Bush Administration, the top one percent saw income grow ten percent versus the bottom ninety-nine percent who only saw income grow only 1.3 percent. French economist Thomas Pinketty says the very rich are becoming the very very rich. This disparity was last seen just before the Stock Market Crash of 1929 that led to the Great Depression. Taxing higher brackets would help governments help more people. The upper ten percent has to realize that if they do not act, they may become the 99 percent and not the one percent.
Joan Acocella wrote “Queen Of Crime” about British mystery writer Agatha Christie.
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