- The Koch Bros. & Their Billionaire Web
- Bernie Sanders Explained Plus Sue Grafton’s X
- Eric Laursen, THE PEOPLE’S PENSION & Greg Palast, BILLIONAIRES AND BALLOT BANDITS.
- Doug Henwood, MY TURN: Hillary Clinton Targets the Presidency
- Gerald Friedman: A Bernie Sanders Presidency Boosts Incomes & Jobs
- Comix as Art and Politics: Art Spiegelman and Greg Palast
- Paul Theroux, DEEP SOUTH & Ted Rall, BERNIE
- DISPATCHES FROM THE RELIGIOUS LEFT
- Ron Suskind, THE WAY OF THE WORLD and ELIZABETH WINTHROP, COUNTING ON GRACE
- David Cay Johnston, FREE LUNCH
- The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power
- Margot Livesey, HOUSE ON FORTUNE STREET
- John Nichols on Billionaire Candidacies & Lucy Hughes-Hallet, FABULOUS
- Call for Independent Exit Polling
- Web Extra: 9-11 Press for Truth video
- The Vote Count Protection Project
- URGENT: Stealth bill threatens democracy
- Voting Problems?
- Danielle Allen, OUR DECLARATION & Katy Simpson Smith, THE STORY OF LAND AND SEA
- Bill de Blasio’s Civic Experiment – Is It Working?
- Linda Coleman: Radical Descent & Greg Guma on Bernie
- Greg Guma on Bernie Sanders’ “Insurgent” Run
- Cicero’s End, Dust Up over Sanders’ Plan, & Remembering Quentin Young
- Is Hillary Clinton Good For Women?
- Historian Donna Murch on The Clintons’ War On Drugs, Mass Incarceration & The Black Vote
We talk with John Nichols about his recent article for the Nation magazine, “Democrats Must Reject Not Just a Billionaire but the Billionaire Class“.
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Mike Bloomberg has an awful lot of money. By several calculations, he’s either the 9th, 12th or 14th richest person in the entire world.
That kind of money has the gravitational pull of the sun. Journalists have reported that he is spending so much money on political consultants that there aren’t enough of them left to work for down ballot Democrats. In the February 25th CBS debate, he caught himself while seeming to say that he had “bought” Democratic candidates in the 2018 election.
Whatever he may have meant by that, it resonated across the social media universe because it confirmed what everybody knows: when you have that kind of money, the playing field is tilted your way. In the sixth Democratic debate, the ads that played in the breaks between debate segments were for Bloomberg, just part of the now nearly half a billion dollars of pocket change he’s spent on his campaign so far.
But John Nichols says we have to look beyond the candidate to examine the class he comes from. In his February 20 article for the Nation, for whom he’s been covering the 2020 Democratic campaign, he says, as per the article’s title, “Democrats Must Reject Not Just a Billionaire but the Billionaire Class,” and quotes Sanders in saying the party cannot surrender to “a corrupt political system bought by billionaires like Mr. Bloomberg.”
Writers Voice called up John Nichols to find out more about why he thinks allowing billionaires to run for national office is such a threat.
It’s in the nature of myths and fable to be infinitely adaptable. That principle has given literary license to author Lucy Hughes-Hallet in her new collection of short stories, Fabulous. Based on ancient myth, folk fables and bible stories, the tales in her book extract surprising meanings from the originals to make keen observations about our time.
Their characters include a people-trafficking gang-master and a prostitute, a migrant worker and an arrogant realtor, an elderly musician befuddled by dementia and the death of his wife, and more.
These witty fables are set in modern London but are also visionary explorations of the mysteries and passions of their originals.