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: Oct 10, 2014, Source: Too Much: A Commentary on Excess and Inequality

The new numbers on these grand fortunes don’t just stagger the imagination. They stagger common sense.

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.

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