FDL Book Salon Welcomes Sam Pizzigati, The Rich Don’t Always Win: The Forgotten Triumph over Plutocracy that Created the American Middle Class

By: Sunday February 10, 2013 1:59 pm

I can think of few books about a slice of American history that have more relevance to the vital debates of today than Sam Pizzigati’s “The Rich Don’t Always Win.” Sam’s book tells the story of how the United States, one of the world’s most unequal societies in the early 1900s, became by the middle of the 20th century one of the most equal nations on earth. He shows how average Americans, organized in the labor and other movements, mobilized and vanquished a plutocracy even more powerful than ours today.

Why is this relevant to today? Well, starting with the election of Ronald Reagan in 1980, the U.S. government — fueled by a far right ideology — passed “free market” taxes and other policies that left the nation once again as one of the most unequal on earth by the beginning of this century.

 

FDL Movie Night: GasHole

By: Monday April 25, 2011 5:00 pm

In GasHole, using interviews and witty archival footage, directors Scott D. Roberts and Jeremy Wagene, take us on a rollicking and insightful ride through the history of oil prices and the manipulations involved to keep prices high and profits flowing.

Driven to Destruction – The Streetcar Conspiracy

By: Sunday April 18, 2010 6:30 am

Our love affair with our cars has also been fueled by the devious actions of a few major corporations. The once ubiquitous electric streetcar was driven into the ground by colloboration of Big Oil and Big Auto. It wasn’t a fair fight.

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