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David Sirota
David Sirota

David Sirota is the bestselling author of “Hostile Takeover” (Crown, 2006) and “Back to Our Future” (Ballantine, 2011) . He is a senior fellow at the...


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Getting Off the Grid

Today’s technology revolutions have been rightfully celebrated for improving everything from education to medicine to commerce, but we don’t often consider the psychological and societal consequences of always being connected and available.

Posted on Jun 25, 2009 READ MORE


Daring to Dream

Most of the great American advances, from the airplane to the Constitution, were born from reinvention, not tinkering. For all the positive, even admirable steps Obama’s America seems poised to take, the aspirations still seem too small, too unimaginative, too confined by old conceptions of how things must work.

Posted on Jun 18, 2009 READ MORE


All Politics, and Change, Is Still Local

The worship of the White House that led Colorado’s governor to renege on a health-care promise is one more pass-the-buck cop-out in a nation whose federalist system imagined states as “laboratories of democracy.”

Posted on Jun 11, 2009 READ MORE



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Whither the Sacred Campaign Promise?

Historically, Americans generally held campaign promises sacred. Just ask the first President Bush. But now behavior by President Obama suggests a systemic assault on the campaign promise is under way.

Posted on Jun 4, 2009 READ MORE


Fessing Up Has Lost Its Shock Value

It seems government and investors are now engaging in damning honesty. With these outbursts of candor so brazen and self-explanatory, the press is being bypassed.

Posted on May 28, 2009 READ MORE


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The House That Taxpayers Built

Somewhere, likely in a basement, the next great documentarian is scavenging YouTube for clips of congressional inquisitions, Wall Street perp walks, and CNBC rants for a future Oscar-winning film about the times we’re living through. I’m hoping this future star calls her film “Wall Street II: Cataclysmic Boogaloo,” and more importantly, I’m hoping she gets footage of New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, preferably wearing a top hat and monocle.

Posted on May 22, 2009 READ MORE



Health Care’s Enigma in Chief

The most stunning and least reported news about President Obama’s press conference with health industry executives this week wasn’t those executives’ willingness to negotiate with a Democrat. It was that Democrat’s eagerness to involve those executives in a discussion about health care reform even as they revealed their previous plans to pilfer $2 trillion from Americans.

Posted on May 15, 2009 READ MORE

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David Sirota
David Sirota

David Sirota is the bestselling author of “Hostile Takeover” (Crown, 2006) and “Back to Our Future” (Ballantine, 2011) . He is a senior fellow at the Campaign for America’s Future and a board member of the Progressive States Network—both nonpartisan research organizations- and is the Senior Editor for Investigations at The International Business Times. Sirota has wriiten for The New York Times Magazine, Politico Magazine, Harper’s, Wired, Vice, The Nation and and has appeared on “The Colbert Report” and NBC’s “Last Call with Carson Daly.” . More information on David Sirota can be found on

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