|Both Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren are campaigning for the Democratic presidential nomination with a key policy plank: a new federal wealth tax. The details of the two plans differ, but they share an intellectual heritage: both campaigns consulted with and based their plans largely on the work of two UC Berkeley economics professors, Emmanuel Saez and Gabriel Zucman.At our next Uncharted Evening Ideas Fest on Jan. 30, we have Saez (left) in conversation with Tasneem Raja, Editor-in-Chief of our new Oakland newsroom, on “Why the rich are different to you and me: they pay fewer taxes.” It’s a chance for you to hear directly from Saez on the history of rising inequality in the United States, why a wealth tax will make a difference, and his answers to the criticisms the idea has received from centrist and right-wing economists.
On the same evening, I’ll be in conversation with Allison Arieff, editorial director at SPUR, on “Why cars continue to make our cities hellscapes.” Think that problem will be solved by self-driving vehicles? Arieff will make you think again.
Oh, and don’t miss enjoying a glass of wine with everyone before we kick off the program. We’ll have some convivial time from 6 p.m. in the gallery space at the Brower Center before we dive into the evening conversations.