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Sam Pizzigati is an  Associate Fellow, Institute for Policy Studies

Editor,  Too Much ,  an online weekly on excess and inequality

Author, The Rich Don't Always Win: 
  The Forgotten Triumph over Plutocracy that Created the American Middle Class, 1900-1970
 (November 2012)

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Diego Rivera, Self-Portrait, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, August 1, 2021
America's Billionaires: Borrowing Their Way to Ever More Fabulous Fortunes No widely acclaimed artist in the 20th century baited and battled the rich with as much gusto as Diego Rivera. The Mexican painter's Great Depression-era confrontation with Nelson Rockefeller, then the 20-something grandson of the world's single richest individual.
COVID Mask, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, February 18, 2021
Rising Inequality: the "Pre-Existing Condition" That Doomed the U.S. COVID Response In April 2017, only a few months after Donald Trump's inauguration, one of world's most prestigious medical journals, the London-based Lancet, established a special commission to keep tabs on "Public Policy and Health in the Trump Era."
Jeff Bezos, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, February 9, 2021
The Unintentional Honesty of Jeff Bezos Jeff Bezos is stepping down as CEO of Amazon. He'll stay on as the executive chairman of Amazon's board, but he'll no longer be managing the company on a daily basis.
Wall Street, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, November 28, 2020
The Rich Are Cheering Wall Street's Latest Records. Americans of Modest Means Are Draining 401(k)s. The all-time record highs that Wall Street has registered this week have given some Americans -- the nation's already rich -- considerable cause for celebration.
The Truth About Ivanka's Relationship With Donald Trump., From YouTubeVideos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, October 9, 2020
How Taxpayers Funded "Consulting Fees" For Ivanka Trump Between 2010 and 2018, Trump's hotel projects around the world cleared an income of well over $100 million. On his tax returns, Trump claimed $26 million in "consulting" expenses, about 20 percent of all the income he made on these hotel deals.
Exchange Of Ideas Debate Discussion, From Uploaded
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, September 26, 2020
Let's Start Debating What Dooms Democracy: Concentrated Wealth Tuesday's debate will almost certainly come and go without any serious discussion of how economically unequal we have become as a nation. In these days of despair over the state of our democracy, we desperately need that discussion.
Bezos Buys the Post, From FlickrPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, September 14, 2020
Why Don't People Call You a Genius? You Don't Have a Billion Dollars Nearly four decades ago, Big Oil totally dominated the upper reaches of the Forbes 400. Eight of the top 10 owed their fortunes directly to fossil fuels. In other words, America's "smartest" people in 1982 almost all centered their lives around oil. What a coincidence. How odd.
From InText
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, September 8, 2020
For the Ultra Rich, Those Short Putts Sure Can be Killers Trying to keep up with the stunningly inappropriate remarks of Donald Trump can sometimes seem a full-time job. Just this past week, for instance, we've seen the president seem to encourage voters in North Carolina to vote twice, once by mail and once by person, a felony under state law.
Elon Musk, From YouTubeVideos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, May 17, 2020
Civil Disobedience, Billionaire-Style Musk's successful bullying has vividly revealed that our duly elected leaders and the governments they lead cannot, when push comes to shove, adequately safeguard the health and well-being of average working people. Democracy cannot work particularly well or endure particularly long when those we elect cannot protect us from the wealthy and powerful who loom large so high above us.
A pig slaughterhouse, From YouTubeVideos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, May 3, 2020
Our Slaughterhouses Not Just for Cattle, Hogs, and Poultry Anymore. Add People. Our modern-day emperors of meat, pork, and poultry now have enough might to imperil the lives of their workers with a president of the United States cheering them on.
Dr. Anthony Fauci Corrects Trump's Lies About Coronavirus, From YouTubeVideos
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, March 22, 2020
How to Wage War, FDR-Style, on Our Pandemic In 1942, in the months right after Pearl Harbor, President Franklin Roosevelt faced the same basic challenge as we do today. To overcome the fascist forces aligned globally against us, FDR understood, the American people were going to have to sacrifice as never before.
Shock Doctrine 09-07-Red Rocks., From YouTubeVideos
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, March 20, 2020
Coronavirus and the "Shock Doctrine" We need, in effect, a "shock doctrine" in reverse. We need to seize the openings for change the coronavirus presents and challenge the capacity of our rich and powerful to become ever richer and more powerful at the expense of everyone else.
Donald Trump at the 2020 World Economic Forum summit in Davos, Switzerland, on Tuesday., From InText
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, January 27, 2020
The Evolution of "Davos Man" into . . . Trump Fan! Trump loves the Davos deep pockets back, at one point hailing the big-time corporate CEOs gathered around him as "the greatest businessmen in the world."
Campaign 2020: Democratic Candidates Clash Over Hot Topics Candidates sparred over immigration, health insurance, and Afghanistan. Subscribe to Fortune ..., From YouTubeVideos
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, December 7, 2019
Will The 2020 Contenders Take On Inequality? Those who seek our nation's highest office -- at least on the Democratic side -- no longer see safe harbor in the warm embrace of the ultra-rich. To be sure, our political class has not yet abandoned the billionaire class. But the political consensus that nurtured our contemporary top-heavy economy has cracked.
From InText
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, November 7, 2019
Inequality and the Iron Law of Decaying Public Services In communities where wealth is concentrating, the affluent have the clout and the numbers to go beyond grumbling. They mobilize politically to slash budgets and roll taxes back. And they succeed, because fewer people, in an unequal community, have a stake in the public services that taxes support.
From InText
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, October 12, 2019
Inequality is Literally Killing Us Over recent decades, a steady stream of studies have shown consistent links between rising inequality and shorter lifespans. The trends we see in the United States reflect similar dynamics worldwide, wherever income and wealth are concentrating. The more unequal a society becomes, the less healthy the society.
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SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, September 15, 2019
Wealth That Concentrates Kills The weight of the wealth that sits at the top of America's economic order isn't just squeezing dollars out of the wallets of average Americans. That concentrated wealth is shearing years off of American lives.
The corporation that John Hammergren ran as CEO inundated local communities in the United States with over 14.1 billion highly addictive opioid pills, nearly a fifth of the opioids distributed in those years., From InText
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, July 21, 2019
A Tale of Two Druglords Some 2,000 American cities, towns, and counties are now suing McKesson and the rest of the corporate drug distribution complex. They're charging that these corporations "conspired to flood the nation with opioids." The companies, the charge continues, didn't just fail to report suspicious orders. They "filled those orders to maximize profits."
California Homeless, From FlickrPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, June 5, 2019
In an unequal America, empathy, not just housing, has become too pricey San Francisco, recent research shows, now has more billionaires per capita than any other city in the world. By one reckoning, San Francisco also has the highest cost of living in the world, as all those billionaires and the rest of the city's ultra rich bid up prices on the most desirable local real estate.
The Rich in America: Power, Control, Wealth and the Elite Upper Class, From YouTubeVideos
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, April 29, 2019
A Plaintive Plea from America's Rich: Let's Change the Subject! The rich, after all, simply adore the mainstream "opportunity" gospel. Talking about increasing opportunity distracts attention from how rich people and the corporations they run behave, how what the rich do to become and stay rich keeps poor people poor and most of the rest of us struggling.

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