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Published:July 21st, 2013 14:41 EST
Judyth Piazza interviews Author Steve Malanga about The Manhattan Institute

Judyth Piazza interviews Author Steve Malanga about The Manhattan Institute

By Judyth Piazza CEO (Editor)

Steven Malanga is City Journal`s senior editor, a Manhattan Institute senior fellow, and a columnist. He is author of the recently published Shakedown: The Continuing Conspiracy Against the American Taxpayer, about the bankrupting of state and local governments by a new political powerhouse led by public-sector unions. He writes about the intersection of urban economies, business communities, and public policy. He was recently cited as one of Governor Chris Christie`s intellectual influences (BusinessWeek, August 2010).

Prior to joining City Journal, Malanga was executive editor of Crain`s New York Business for seven years, serving on the publication`s editorial board and writing a weekly column. He also supervised special projects, including investigative stories. Before that, Malanga served for seven years as managing editor of Crain`s. During his tenure at the publication, it twice won the General Excellence award from the Association of Area Business Publications.

In 1995, Malanga was a finalist for a Gerald Loeb Award for Excellence in Financial Journalism for the series "Nonprofits: New York`s new Tammany Hall," which he co-authored. In 1998, a series he co-authored, "Tort-ured State," about the influence of trial lawyers in New York State, was voted best investigative story of the year by the AABP. The previous year, a computer-assisted project that Malanga designed, reported, and wrote on Small Business Administration loans in New York City was voted one of the year`s best investigative stories by AABP.

Malanga has also written articles on various topics for The Wall Street Journal, the New York Daily News, the New York Post, and other publications. Malanga is the author of The New New Left (Ivan R. Dee, 2005) andThe Immigration Solution: A Better Plan Than Today`s (Ivan R. Dee, 2007), co-authored with Heather Mac Donald and Victor Davis Hanson.

For more information:

Shakedown: The Continuing Conspiracy Against the American Taxpayer

As their infatuation with President Obama fades, millions of Americans anxiously ask, Is this the change we were waiting for? The current administration represents change, for sure, Steven Malanga argues - a momentous transformation of the fundamental structure of American politics. A self-interested coalition of public-sector unions and government-financed community activists (like the young Barack Obama) has become our era`s characteristic political machine. 

In Shakedown, Mr. Malanga shows how this machine`s single-minded goal is always bigger government and more public spending. The bill, he says, is now coming due for the relentless rise of this new political powerhouse. He chronicles how public-sector unions and the corrupt political hacks beholden to them have all but bankrupted once-rich states like California and New Jersey. He details the campaigns to undermine the successful and popular 1990s welfare reform and to revitalize the failed, wasteful War on Poverty programs that funnel taxpayer money to the advocacy groups that are integral cogs in the new political machine. And he provides a comprehensive summary of how these same advocacy groups spent decades helping undermine mortgage standards in the name of helping the poor - in the process enriching themselves and enabling the housing meltdown. As Americans anxiously ponder the future direction of their government and their economy, Shakedown explores the questions of who got us in this mess and why we need change - constructive change - more than ever.