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Gross. What’s more, the new nouveau riche are openly comparing today’s Singapore to the Gilded Age: But Ault, who moved to Singapore three years ago, says he “no longer feels the magic” in Gotham, which still bears the scars of a financial crisis that knocked the wind out of much of its most extravagant party […]

Worst Chavez Obit

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On March 7, 2013

The coverage of Hugo Chavez’s death has been almost universally terrible. But this piece from Associated Press business reporter Pamela Simpson takes the cake: Chavez invested Venezuela’s

Horse for All!!

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On February 25, 2013
As a historian of the Gilded Age, the sequester is very exciting to me. With each passing day, a big leap back to the halcyon days of the 1890s seems more likely. Here’s an old rundown I did at Alternet. Doesn’t it sound great? And maybe we can just lay off all of our meat […]

Failing Upward

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On September 2, 2012

I’m really glad the Times is publishing puff pieces detailing how our plutocrats land on their feet, no matter what horrible things they do. Like the first Gilded Age, failure is rewarded handso

Arizona Congressman Jeff Flake moves the mainstreaming of overturning the 17th Amendment another step forward. Yes, an increasing number of right-wingers want to repeal the constitutional amendment allowing for the direct election of senators by the people. Why? Because it’s much easier for corporations to cut checks to individual state legislators than trying to buy […]

Flashpoints

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On July 9, 2012
I was interviewed today on Flashpoints, talking about the return of the Gilded Age in the early 21st century. At the end, I even got to talk about how I don’t think positive change can come without people openly rejecting corporate capitalism. Not sure how articulate I sound, but I said it and it’s out […]

The New Gilded Age

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On July 3, 2012

I have a piece up at Alternet today comparing the Gilded Age to the present, showing 8 ways that Republicans are trying to recreate the late 19th century, buy elections, exploit labor, limit people of

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