The Pitch from Civic Ventures

Zach Silk
A free economics newsletter about who gets what and why.
Created 02 Jun 2021
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  • The High Price of High Prices
    11 Nov 2021 • 9 min read
    Friends, At Civic Ventures, one of our most important missions is to finally dismantle the concept of trickle-down economics, which captured the hearts of lawmakers in the federal government and state...
  • Keep Your Promises
    04 Nov 2021 • 8 min read
    Friends, Two days ago, voters handed Democrats some high-profile losses in the off-year elections. To hear the chattering consultant class tell it in postmortems on cable news and online, the takeaway...
  • Trickle-Down or Treat?
    28 Oct 2021 • 9 min read
    Friends, When it comes to choosing the stories that headline the next day’s newspaper, editors employ a tried and tested axiom that seems ghoulishly appropriate for our Halloween issue: “if it bleeds,...
  • Happy #Striketober
    21 Oct 2021 • 8 min read
    Friends, It’s hard sometimes for ordinary people to follow economic issues. A big reason why economics stories are so inscrutable to laypeople is that they are oversaturated with numbers—swamped with ...
  • America Finally Demands a Raise
    14 Oct 2021 • 8 min read
    Friends, Something very exciting is happening in America right now. News just broke this week that a record 4.3 million workers quit their jobs in August, which amounts to a shocking 3 percent of the ...
  • Tax the Rich and Save the Economy
    07 Oct 2021 • 8 min read
    Friends, Civic Ventures founder Nick Hanauer has a great editorial in The New Republic titled “Biden’s Plan to Tax Rich People Like Me is the Best Way to Grow the Economy.” I encourage you to go read ...
  • Dancing on the Ceiling
    30 Sep 2021 • 9 min read
    Friends, I’ll have plenty to say about Congress’s moves this week to pass the Build Back Better plan and bipartisan infrastructure bill, but the most pressing economic issue facing the country for the...
  • Playing Chicken with the Economy
    23 Sep 2021 • 8 min read
    Friends, For most of the past century, both parties in Congress routinely came together to raise the debt ceiling, thereby allowing for continued government spending and commerce. But during the last ...
  • The Unaffordable Price Tag of Discrimination
    16 Sep 2021 • 7 min read
    Friends, Experts have accumulated a large and growing body of evidence proving that discrimination by race and gender actively harms economic growth. Earlier this year, a McKinsey report co-authored b...
  • Is America Working Again?
    09 Sep 2021 • 7 min read
    Friends, Last week we learned that August’s employment numbers didn’t meet projections, with only 235,000 jobs added to the economy. It seems that the Delta variant, in conjunction with large populati...
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