Stories by Sam Pizzigati

Sam Pizzigati edits the Institute for Policy Studies inequality weekly Too Much. His latest book, published by Seven Stories Press, is entitled "The Rich Don’t Always Win: The Forgotten Triumph over Plutocracy that Created the American Middle Class." subscribe to Sam Pizzigati's feed

Posted on: Feb 13, 2014, Source: AlterNet

New research shows our growing economic divide is destroying romance in America.

Posted on: Dec 17, 2013, Source: Too Much: A Commentary on Excess and Inequality

The worst of the worst.

Posted on: Nov 4, 2013, Source: Too Much: A Commentary on Excess and Inequality

The wider a society’s economic divide the less empathy on the part of the rich and the powerful toward the poor and the weak.

Posted on: Sep 20, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Are there some lessons here for future fights?

Posted on: Sep 17, 2013, Source: Blog for Our Future

We have come, as a nation, almost full circle back to the deeply unequal America of the late 1920s.

Posted on: Sep 6, 2013, Source: OtherWords

The depressing political calculation that increases the income and wealth gap.

Posted on: Aug 20, 2013, Source: OtherWords

Americans are losing ground globally “by every” health measure, and it's not why you might think.

Posted on: Jul 18, 2013, Source: Too Much: A Commentary on Excess and Inequality

The surveys of wealth-management groups show that the super-rich are gobbling up an ever greater share of the world’s bounty.

Posted on: Jul 16, 2013, Source: Too Much: A Commentary on Excess and Inequality

The gap is growing.

Posted on: Jun 19, 2013, Source: Portside

U.S. Bancorp CEO Richard Davis runs contract negotiations for non-profit behind the Minnesota orchestra. Last year he offered the musicians a contract that would cut their pay in half pay and increase health care premiums by up to $8,000. They refused, he locked them out of their jobs.

Posted on: Mar 25, 2013, Source: Too Much: A Commentary on Excess and Inequality

CEOs these days aren’t just slashing worker jobs to add on to their own rewards. They’re slashing worker pay as well.

Posted on: Feb 17, 2013, Source: Too Much: A Commentary on Excess and Inequality

Class divisions have become the new norm in housing.

Posted on: Nov 26, 2012, Source: Too Much: A Commentary on Excess and Inequality

Americans today can take more than inspiration from the struggles against plutocracy that progressives waged years ago.

Posted on: Nov 19, 2012, Source: Too Much: A Commentary on Excess and Inequality

The poor have struggled mightily while our rich have become phenomenally flush. But middle-income Americans haven’t been able to jump off the treadmill either.

Posted on: Nov 6, 2012, Source: AlterNet

That's where we seem to be headed, as we shed decent American jobs.

Posted on: Oct 17, 2012, Source: Too Much: A Commentary on Excess and Inequality

Candidates this fall are taking plenty of pokes at the financial industry’s best and brightest, but they could push to start taxing Wall Street.

Posted on: Sep 18, 2012, Source: Too Much: A Commentary on Excess and Inequality

In any society where wealth and income concentrate overwhelmingly at the top, the affluent will almost always come to sneer at public services and the individuals who provide them.

Posted on: Jul 3, 2012, Source: Other Words

Not too long ago, Americans only dressed up in George Washington wigs and tri-corner hats on the Fourth of July. But then the tea party came along.

Posted on: May 9, 2012, Source: Too Much: A Commentary on Excess and Inequality

Wasn't increased productivity supposed to lower prices, liberate workers, and give us more time to enjoy our lives? A new EPI report tells us why that that promise failed.

Posted on: May 9, 2012, Source: Too Much: A Commentary on Excess and Inequality

The world’s super rich are fashioning themselves into a new global tribe of footloose and stateless. The rest of us get to gawk — and foot the ultimate bill.

Posted on: Feb 9, 2012, Source: AlterNet

Today we take the idea of a minimum wage for granted. Who knows what tomorrow may bring?

Posted on: Jan 31, 2012, Source: Too Much: A Commentary on Excess and Inequality

The rich don’t much like paying taxes when tax rates run high. They don’t much like paying taxes when tax rates run low either.

Posted on: Dec 13, 2011, Source: Too Much: A Commentary on Excess and Inequality

You don't have to make a million to rate as an all-star greedster. You do have to be ruthless, self-absorbed and grossly insensitive.

Posted on: Nov 27, 2011, Source: Too Much: A Commentary on Excess and Inequality

America's rich haven't just become richer, according to a new study. They've become far more likely to live among their own kind.

Posted on: Sep 11, 2011, Source: Too Much: A Commentary on Excess and Inequality

Many billionaires are bankrolling "reforms" that threaten public education as we know it.

Posted on: Aug 31, 2011, Source: AlterNet

A new study looks at the worst executive excesses--while Congress continues to help CEOs hide their outrageous pay rates from the public.

Posted on: Jul 24, 2011, Source: Campaign for America's Future

By feeding the rich and their corporations one massive tax break after another, lawmakers have thrown a monstrous monkey wrench into our national finances.

Posted on: May 16, 2011, Source: Blog for Our Future

Compare that to 1955, when the country's most affluent made far less money and paid 51 percent of their income in taxes.

Posted on: Apr 4, 2011, Source: Blog for Our Future

Hedge fund honchos bet on everything from gold to lawsuits. But their big bet is that we won't wise up to the giveaway our current tax code ladles on them.

Posted on: Mar 21, 2011, Source: Other Words

If the Right really believed that firms with lavishly paid execs can do without taxpayer support, they wouldn't be wasting their time ranting against public broadcasting.

Posted on: Mar 20, 2011, Source: Blog for Our Future

A simple but powerful chant is now starting to reverberate, all across the country, in protests against budgets cuts gone wild.

Posted on: Feb 11, 2011, Source: Too Much: A Commentary on Excess and Inequality

The Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission has had virtually no backers. Neither the White House nor Democratic lawmakers have done much to give its report legs.

Posted on: Feb 1, 2011, Source: Too Much: A Commentary on Excess and Inequality

In the middle decades of the 20th century, the steeply graduated progressive income tax meant that the super-rich saw their share of the nation’s income drop precipitously.

Posted on: Jan 31, 2011, Source: Blog for Our Future

We historically, here in the United States, have had a word for power imbalances this striking and stark: plutocracy, or rule by the rich.

Posted on: Jan 24, 2011, Source: Too Much: A Commentary on Excess and Inequality

Cuomo and Brown are attacking the notion that the public policies we choose, the public goods we provide, can create better lives -- the core of America’s middle class.

Posted on: Jan 9, 2011, Source: Blog for Our Future

Corporate America is working feverishly behind the scenes to smother a new federal mandate to roll back excessive executive pay.

Posted on: Jan 6, 2011, Source: Too Much: A Commentary on Excess and Inequality

A widely overlooked provision in last month’s tax cut deal is going to speed even more wealth to America’s Paris Hilton set.

Posted on: Dec 20, 2010, Source: Campaign for America's Future

They came, they saw, they took it all. Welcome to the world where thieves have no honor, and those who hone their talents hammering the rest of us are lavishly rewarded.

Posted on: Dec 1, 2010, Source: Too Much: A Commentary on Excess and Inequality

We have more inequality today than we had back in 1990, the year the UN Human Development Index first appeared.

Posted on: Nov 19, 2010, Source: Too Much: A Commentary on Excess and Inequality

In 2009, the top 100 private purveyors of public services gobbled up $130 billion in federal contracts. In 2003, nine CEOs at for-profit colleges took in over $45 million each.

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