Here’s how antitrust regulation could help resurrect local businesses

For Americans who were born in the 1970s, 80s, and 90s, corporate market consolidation might feel like the natural order of things. We grew up in a country where Walmarts and other big box stores dotted rural and suburban landscapes, and the surge in Amazon’s prominence over the last two…

If the wealthiest Americans stopped trying to clean up their reputations with splashy donations and paid their taxes instead, we’d all be way better off.

In a recent episode of “ Pitchfork Economics,” the journalist Anand Giridharadas, author of the excellent book “Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World,” explains how billionaires use philanthropic giving to whitewash their reputations — and avoid taxation.

“We’re living in this time in which you cannot…

The second American snack-food strike in 3 months has a lot to teach us about the shifting battle lines in labor

In July, a successful worker strike at a Topeka Frito-Lay factory captured the nation’s attention. On a recent episode of the “ Pitchfork Economics” podcast, Kansas State Representative Jason Probst said the strike showed workers “have had their fill. …

Only in America is filing taxes such a complicated mess. Here’s how other countries do it better.

“Everybody I know wants a simpler tax process,” a caller to a recent episode of “Pitchfork Economics” asked. “So why isn’t it happening?”

It’s a great question. Filing taxes in the United States is so incredibly complex that many people feel compelled to hire highly-trained experts to complete and file…

A real estate CEO appraises the home ownership inequality problem in the US — and how to fix it

It’s impossible to discuss the size and scope of income inequality in America without including housing in the conversation. In the same way that corporate profiteers line their pockets while their workers fall below the poverty line, wealthy homeowners have rigged the system so their properties surge in wealth at…

A poverty policy expert explains how Biden’s Child Tax Credit could change America’s broken relationship with welfare.

“The United States is unique in that it really has three benefit systems that break down almost precisely by income level,” Professor Wendy Bach explained in a recent episode of “Pitchfork Economics.”

“We have what I like to call welfare for the wealthy at the top, delivered mostly through tax…

If the minimum wage continued to grow alongside worker productivity, as it did for the first 30 years, the federal minimum would be $24 per hour right now.

Saturday, July 24, was the 12th anniversary of the last time the federal minimum wage increased, to $7.25 an hour. This is, by far, the longest the nation has gone without an increase to the federal minimum wage since the labor law was first instituted in 1938. While many states…

Kroger closed grocery stores rather than give workers a $4 raise. Now it’s padding shareholders’ pockets with a $1 billion stock-buyback scheme.

Back in February, I wrote about the national grocery chain Kroger’s announcement that it was closing low-performing stores in Seattle and Long Beach, California, after the two cities passed laws requiring grocery stores to pay their front-line workers additional $4-per-hour “hero pay” during the pandemic.

“Giant corporations love to use…

Paul Constant

Political writer at Civic Ventures. Co-founder of the Seattle Review of Books. Author of comics including PLANET OF THE NERDS.

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