Sam Pizzigati

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

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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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Tuesday, August 5, 2014 - 7:15am
Inside Our Profoundly Unequal ‘New Normal’
The Commerce Department released some revised figures on America’s economy last week. Previous numbers, Commerce researchers noted, had overestimated the share of the nation’s income going to workers and underestimated the share going to America’s asset-rich. “Everything’s coming up roses for...
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Carlos Ghosn, the CEO of Japanese automaker Nissan, pulled in just over $10 million last year. That made him Japan’s highest-paid chief exec, by a wide margin. In the United States, $10 million barely rates as CEO average pay. (Photo: flickr / cc / WEF) Views
Monday, June 30, 2014 - 9:30am
America’s CEOs: In a Class All by Themselves
The free market made us do it. Ask members of any American corporate board of directors why they pay their CEO so much and you’ll get some variation on this market-inevitability theme. To compete effectively in the world economy, Corporate America’s argument goes, we need world-class executive...
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Monday, June 16, 2014 - 9:15am
A New Spin from the Inequality Denialist Set
The go-to intellectual guardians of our corporate order — those conservative analysts whose op-eds appear regularly in the Wall Street Journal — have a problem. Their defense of plutocracy just isn’t selling. Two events this spring have now put this failure in particularly stark relief. First came...
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Monday, June 9, 2014 - 11:45am
The Many Pipelines that Pump Our Wealth Up
Back in 1979, notes a new Economic Policy Institute report released last week, households in America’s statistical middle — the 20 percent of households making more than the nation’s poorest 40 percent and less than the nation’s most affluent 40 percent — averaged $16.72, after inflation, per hour...
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Restaurant industry movers and shakers have essentially hit upon the perfect formula for executive success: Pay your workers close to as little as the law allows — and make sure that no one changes the law. (Photo: AP) Views
Monday, April 28, 2014 - 2:00pm
The Big Tip That America’s Servers Never See
A good many Americans now know the high-finance games that JPMorgan Chase and other big banks like to play — at our expense. And big oil giants like ExxonMobil have been outraging Americans for years. But plenty of other corporate giants that inflate our inequality have been flying under the radar...
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Tuesday, March 25, 2014 - 9:10am
America’s Last Throwback to Plutocracy 1.0
Let us pause now to pay our respects to Bunny Mellon. She died last week on her 4,000-acre farm in Virginia’s fabled horse country. But no tears, please.
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Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - 9:26am
The Mess on Our ‘Information Superhighway’
Back in the early 1990s, the infancy of the Internet Age, our hippest policy wonks orated endlessly about the emerging “information superhighway.”
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Wednesday, February 19, 2014 - 9:53am
We’ve Got a Long Way to Go, Baby
When General Motors named Mary Barra the company’s new CEO in December, the announcement made instant headlines. No woman had ever steered a major global automaker .
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Sunday, January 12, 2014 - 12:50pm
The New War on Inequality: Just Rhetoric?
Exactly a half-century ago, in 1964, a President of the United States announced a “war on poverty.” That war would soon dominate the nation’s domestic political discourse — and make a real difference.
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