Sam Pizzigati

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The more unequal a society becomes, the less healthy the society. (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Wednesday, October 09, 2019
Inequality Is Literally Killing Us
What do the folks at the U.S. Census Bureau do between the census they run every 10 years? All sorts of annual surveys, on everything from housing costs to retail sales. The most depressing of these — at least this century — may be the sampling that looks at the incomes average Americans are...
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Toronto, Canada (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Tuesday, August 27, 2019
Make America… More Like Canada
We Americans tend not to pay much attention to our northern neighbors. Often, entire election cycles can come and go without anyone running for national office saying anything about Canada. But that’s changing. Canada now looms much larger in our politics, mainly because Canadians enjoy a health...
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Saturday, August 03, 2019
Can Inequality Be Hardwired into Our DNA?
Remember the college admissions scandal? Earlier this year we learned that awesomely affluent parents have been spending small fortunes on scams to get their undeserving teenage offspring into America’s most elite colleges and universities. This admissions scandal crept back into the news cycle...
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In West Africa, the African continent’s most unequal region, the richest 1 percent hold more net worth than the entire bottom 99 percent. (Photo credit should read FATI ABUBAKAR/AFP/Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, July 30, 2019
A Lesson from West Africa, a Global Inequality Ground Zero
Should we care how much wealth our wealthiest are grabbing? The flacks who seek deep-pocket favor have a ready response. Of course not, they tell us. Kvetching about the wealth of the wealthy just distracts us from the more important work we all ought to be doing—like growing our economic pie and...
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Sunday, July 21, 2019
A Tale of Two Druglords
Last week didn’t go so well for the Mexican druglord Joaquín Guzmán Loera. A federal district court sentenced the notorious “El Chapo” to life in prison. The 62-year-old will almost certainly, notes the New York Times , be “spending the rest of his life behind bars.” El Chapo certainly deserves his...
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Moves like a wealth tax, the authors stress, will only succeed if we also take on the challenge of stopping the super rich from shifting assets offshore to evade their U.S. tax liability. (Image: Offshore Shell Games) Views
Tuesday, June 18, 2019
How The Super-Rich Avoid Paying Their Share
We have a great deal of statistical data, in America today, about the economic circumstances of Americans who live in poverty. We know far less, by contrast, about Americans who live amid great wealth. And much of what we do know, suggests a revealing new study, turns out to be wrong. America’s...
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Saturday, May 11, 2019
Netizens of the World, Unite!
Step into the world of the awesomely affluent and you’ll find plenty of super rich with a simple explanation for their good fortune. I’m creating wealth, the claim typically goes, with the brilliantly “disruptive” new product or service I’ve invented. Our high-tech rich have always seemed...
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Monday, April 15, 2019
How Progressives Can Fix the Progressive Income Tax
This year on Tax Day, for the first time in decades, America’s wealthiest have some genuine reason to worry: The bargain-basement tax rates they’ve enjoyed for over a generation may be on the way out. That prospect would have seemed ridiculously remote just a year ago. The recently passed GOP tax...
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The world’s wealthiest people and their corporations, left to their own devices, would for the most part rather not bear any sort of significant sacrifice.(Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Wednesday, January 30, 2019
Extreme Wealth Threatens Our Very Planet
We either keep fossil fuels in the ground, or we fry. That’s the conclusion of another new blockbuster study on climate change, this one from the National Academy of Sciences . Our fossil-fuel industrial economy, the study details, has made for the fastest climate changes our Earth has ever seen...
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Public education and plutocracy, educator activists in L.A. and nationwide increasingly understand, do not mix. Public schools do not thrive when billionaires prosper.(Photo: @magoo_tweets_2u/Twitter) Views
Wednesday, January 23, 2019
What LA Teachers Tell Us About Rising Inequality
Back during the 1960s and 1970s, in cities, suburbs, and small towns across the United States, teacher strikes made headlines on a fairly regular basis. Teachers in those years had a variety of reasons for walking out. They struck for the right to bargain. They struck for decent pay and benefits...
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