Sam Pizzigati

Sam Pizzigati edits Too Much, the Institute for Policy Study's online weekly newsletter on excess and inequality.

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Tuesday, April 26, 2016 - 2:00pm
Did The Beatles Help Fuel The Reagan Revolution?
Overcrowded classrooms. Crumbling bridges. Shuttered libraries. These have become our everyday realities after over a generation of tax-cutting political bravado. A shrinking middle class. Rising dead-end poverty. The splurges of a new super rich. These have also become the markers of our time. Is...
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Wednesday, January 20, 2016 - 8:30am
Here’s What the Millionaires at Davos Can Do About Global Inequality
Every winter the world’s political and business elite retreat to the Swiss mountain resort of Davos to think deep thoughts and sup at five-star eateries. The corporate execs, bankers, and finance ministers who frequent this annual Davos World Economic Forum have of late devoted considerable time to...
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Saturday, October 24, 2015 - 10:15am
Have We Finally Moved Beyond GDP?
Organizers of last week’s fifth OECD World Forum on Statistics, Knowledge and Policy could barely contain their sense of satisfaction when the three-day event opened in Guadalajara, Mexico. Why all the good cheer? Officials at the OECD, the official economic research agency of the developed world,...
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Wednesday, April 22, 2015 - 2:00pm
Why We Need $50,000 Traffic Tickets
All of us would like to live in a world where people always do the right thing — without anybody looking over their shoulder. But that world doesn’t exist and never will. So every society on our planet has penalties. You break the rules, you pay a price. But penalties only work if the wrongdoer...
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Friday, January 30, 2015 - 8:00am
A Kerfuffle Over Global Wealth Stats
Sometimes facts can fly. All around the world. Over the last year or so, no one has been flying facts more effectively than the folks at Oxfam, the activist global charity. A year ago, an Oxfam report revealed that the world’s 85 richest billionaires had as much wealth as the poorest half of the...
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Sunday, November 16, 2014 - 11:00am
Some 'Old' News for a Newly Elected Congress
How much income do America’s households take in? How much do they have left after taxes? Do federal taxes leave the nation less or more unequal? Questions don’t get much more basic than these. Or more complicated either. How, for instance, do we define income? Everyone agrees, of course, that...
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Monday, November 10, 2014 - 11:15am
The Peasants Still Have Their Pitchforks
What can we expect Congress to do about America’s staggeringly top-heavy concentration of income and wealth over the next two years? Absolutely nothing. What do Americans want Congress to do about that concentration? A good bit. We know the first answer from the simple math of last week’s election...
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Monday, October 20, 2014 - 12:30pm
On a Top-Heavy Planet, Nordic Nations Show Path to Healthier Wealth Equity
The latest annual Global Wealth Report from the Credit Suisse Research Institute has everything you would expect from a report on global wealth. And one thing you wouldn’t: a mystery. The media coverage of the new Credit Suisse report hasn’t focused much at all on that mystery. Reporters have...
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Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 9:00am
Why an Unequal Planet Can Never Be Green
What is it going to take to save the planet from environmental devastation? Sheer people power? We certainly saw that on the eve of last week’s UN Climate Summit in New York. Some 400,000 marchers packed the streets of Manhattan. Millions more rallied the same day in over 2,600 other actions in 162...
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Saturday, August 30, 2014 - 9:15am
Inequality and the USA: A Nation in Denial?
Every August, for most of the last four decades, top central bankers from around the world have been making their way to the Wyoming mountain resort of Jackson Hole for an invitation-only blue-ribbon economic symposium. This year’s Jackson Hole hobnob, once again hosted by the Federal Reserve Bank...
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