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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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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, December 16, 2013
Presenting America's Ten Greediest of 2013 Abstractions -- like inequality -- can only take us so far. To really understand the ills that ail us, we usually need to put some human faces upon them. Here's a year-end list to identify those faces of avarice that can help tell inequality's story.
wiss 1:12 activists Cédric Wermuth and Mattea Meyer - See more at:, From ImagesAttr
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, November 18, 2013
A Daring Bid to Stomp Out CEO Pay Excess Young activists in Switzerland have plutocrats hyperventilating -- and spending a fortune to beat back a ballot initiative that would establish a legal limit on the pay gap between top execs and their workers.
Ted Cruz, From ImagesAttr
(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, November 4, 2013
Are Heartless People Simply Born That Way? People who cut food stamps -- and gut child labor laws -- most all had empathy when they came into the world. So what squeezed the empathy out? Analysts are pointing to inequality.
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."
From ImagesAttr
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, November 11, 2013
Counting Dollars the Rich Want Uncounted Americans are gaining, ever so slowly, a more accurate picture of just how wide the gap has stretched between the nation's most fabulously privileged and everyone else.
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.
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.
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."
Wealth Inequality In America, From YouTubeVideos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, May 4, 2018
How Inequality Concentrates Talent, Not Just Money Black holes in space may be too powerful to stop. But that doesn't hold for black holes in human affairs. We have the power to stop wealth's concentration before grand fortune -- and the chase after it -- devours us all.
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.
Comcast center, From ImagesAttr
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, February 24, 2014
The Mess on Our 'Information Superhighway' The Comcast merger: Why should moving data around be any different from moving people? No private party ought to be getting rich off a basic public trust. The first step toward turning this situation around? Stop the Comcast and Time Warner merger. The more fundamental task: Give our private corporate Internet access giants some public competition.
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.
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, June 4, 2018
For Minimum Decency, A Maximum Wage Many millions of American households have essentially almost nothing in the way of savings. And not much in the way of income either. Two out of every five Americans, the new Federal Reserve study details, have annual household incomes less than $40,000.
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.
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.
Toys R Us, From FlickrPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, April 27, 2018
What "Toys R Us" Teaches Us About Taxes Conservative pundits and politicians have been insisting for a generation now that entrepreneurs only start exciting new businesses when governments "back off." So governments have backed off. At every level, they've deep-sixed regulations and cut taxes on rich people. No one is going to start a business, conservatives argue, if Uncle Sam is just going to tax away the rewards.
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.
From Economic Inequality, From Images
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, July 13, 2018
How "Janus" Will Boost Income Inequality in America A level of income and wealth inequality not seen since the 1920s, another era of minimal union influence. The history of America's past century paints a vividly clear picture: Inequality in America has increased in the years when unions have been at their weakest and decreased in the years when unions have been at their strongest.
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.
Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, January 5, 2015
Two Irrepressible Egalitarian Spirits British epidemiologists Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett have changed how the world thinks about inequality -- and they have plenty more insights to share.
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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.
From The Problem with CEO Pay, From YouTubeVideos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, May 30, 2018
U.S. CEOs Are World's Best -- For Themselves CEOs in the United States top the Bloomberg global CEO charts. U.S. CEOs average over quadruple the global major corporate CEO average, with $14.25 million in annual pay and a 401 index value. U.S. workers labor under the world's highest-paid bosses. These workers turn out to have smaller paychecks than wage-earners in 11 other major nations. Average workers in Switzerland made $70,835 in 2017.
From ImagesAttr
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, June 4, 2012
Behind Super-Sized Sodas, a Deeper Danger Nature did not design our metabolisms to process the amount & varieties of sweeteners, salt & fats available to us. The stresses of poverty make it all so much worse.
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.
Stolen Wages - Fault Lines Across the U.S., From YouTubeVideos
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, June 16, 2018
Wage Theft: To Fight the Crime, Address the Motive Those who run our corporations aren't going to abandon their thieving ways so long as that thievery can pay so well for them personally. Wage theft didn't start soaring in the United States until the late 1970s, the same years that eye-popping CEO pay packages became a standard fixture on the corporate scene.
Act of Charity, From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, October 13, 2014
Our Empathetic Rich: The Rarest of Birds A landmark new study has laid bare the dirty little secret of modern American philanthropy: America's wealthy don't particularly care all that much about the rest of us.
Joseph Stiglitz, From FlickrPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, October 30, 2015
Have We Finally Moved Beyond GDP? To help overcome inequality, the latest global gathering of economic statisticians agrees, we need to do more than total up an economy's goods and services.
96-Year-Old Secretary Sylvia Bloom Quietly Amasses Fortune, Then Donates $8.2 Million to Charity., From YouTubeVideos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, May 14, 2018
Convenient Tales About Riches Within Reach The caring, upright life of Sylvia Bloom, and the remarkable -- and hidden -- fortune she quietly accumulated over the course of her 67-year career as a Manhattan legal secretary. That fortune totaled, in the end, over $9 million. The bulk of that wealth, is going -- per Bloom's wishes -- to help students from poor families advance their educations.
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.
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."
Pope Francis, From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, December 2, 2013
From Rome, Five Essential Inequality Truths In plain yet powerful language, Pope Francis is challenging the givens of our deeply unequal world -- and helping inspire resistance to it.
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.
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.
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.
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.
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, January 8, 2014
Could 2014 Be Year One of the Pay Ratio Era? In the year ahead, nurses and college students just might jump-start the struggle against chronic -- and growing -- income inequality.
Relatively even distributions of income, acute observers of our social scene agree, make socializing easier, From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, December 9, 2013
Inequality: A Sure Way to Kill a Good Time What makes a society a fun place to be? Really nice weather and exciting nightlife options certainly help. So does avoiding a starkly skewed distribution of income and wealth.
Mark Zuckerberg in Prague, From FlickrPhotos
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, January 4, 2016
Does Big Giving Justify Big Fortunes? Handy rejoinders to the apologists for our top-heavy status quo
Corporate profits will (not) prevent recession, From YouTubeVideos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, April 4, 2019
A "Buyback" for Our Future? The White House promised that corporations would use their savings from this corporate tax cut to create jobs and promote prosperity. Corporations did create prosperity via buybacks for the people who run corporations. The rest of the economy, the latest stats seem to indicate, is sinking into a new recession.
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, May 12, 2014
In High Finance, Humming a Happy Tune The latest annual hedge fund industry pay stats have suits smiling -- and ordinary mortals worrying about public education's future.
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.
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, June 27, 2012
The Tea Party Shtick The Tea Party, low information right wing activiists, have lost their connection to this country's founding values.
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, May 14, 2012
No Country for Rich Men From Manhattan to Monaco, the world's wealthiest people are disconnecting into a class of stateless transients. Those who care about their country are left to pick up the tab.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, August 31, 2006
Beyond the Living Wage: A New Challenge for Progressives Over the past dozen years, probably no grassroots campaign has excited progressives more and generated more real victories than the living wage movement.

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