Sam Pizzigati

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Microsoft chairman Bill Gates and his wife Melinda attend a ceremony presenting them with the 2010 J. William Fulbright Prize for International Understanding at the Library of Congress on October 15, 2010 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Win McNamee via Getty Images) Views
Saturday, May 08, 2021
Bill, Melinda, and the Burdens of the World's Richest People
Old adages can often come across as trite. But a trite old adage, we always need to remember, can also speak truth. Consider, for instance, the time-worn maxim that immediately comes to mind whenever we see the awesomely affluent stumble in their personal lives. Just another reminder, we tell...
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US President Joe Biden holds a pen as he prepares to sign a series of orders in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC, after being sworn in at the US Capitol on January 20, 2021. (Photo: JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images) Views
Friday, April 30, 2021
Just How Bold Is President Biden's Tax-the-Rich Plan?
President Joe Biden has made no secret of his admiration for Franklin D. Roosevelt. He's even given a painted portrait of FDR the most prominent place of honor in the White House Oval Office. A bit more significantly, Biden has just announced the most ambitious gameplan—since FDR's New Deal—for...
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A new analysis finds that up to 35 percent of the income collected at the top 1 percent of America’s income distribution turns out to be "not comprehensively examined." (Photo: Alec Perkins/Flickr/cc)mprehensively examined.” (Photo: Alec Perkins/Flickr/cc) Views
Sunday, March 28, 2021
Progressives Are Coming For Wealthy Tax Evaders
Cheating on your taxes—if you happen to be filthy rich—has never been easier. Or more lucrative. So we’re learning from a new surge of scholarship and research from academics, activists, and veteran tax attorneys. Our richest aren’t just paying a smaller share of their income and wealth in taxes...
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Saturday, March 13, 2021
Did America's Greediest Corporation Just Become Greedier?
Walmart, the single biggest corporate contributor to inequality in the United States over the past half-century, is doubling down on greed. The giant retailer has just named the recently retired AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson to its 12-person board of directors. Stephenson, over the course of his...
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Participants seen holding signs and marching on a picket line during a solidarity event in Manhattan showing support for Amazon workers in Bessemer, Alabama. Views
Sunday, March 07, 2021
Why the Amazon Worker Vote in Bessemer Means So Much
Most every morning this winter, starting about 3:30 a.m., pro-union workers have been gathering on a stretch of public sidewalk outside Amazon’s gigantic year-old warehouse in Bessemer, Alabama. They stand by a traffic light. They wait for the light to turn red — and the chance to urge their fellow...
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"In a just world, our tax system would 'pinch' all people equally," writes Pizzigati. "We would recognize, as truly progressive tax systems do, that people of means should pay a greater share of their income and wealth in tax than people of lesser means." (Photo: iStock / Getty Images Plus) Views
Sunday, February 28, 2021
The Average American Pays Tax on Over Half Their Wealth. Shouldn't the Very Rich Do the Same?
Might the United States, home to the world’s wealthiest people, sometime soon sport a tax on wealth? Media outlets the nation over have begun speculating on just that question . But many of these reflections are missing the point: The United States already has a wealth tax. We call this already...
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"This widening income inequality," the commission posits, "has widened inequalities in health."(Photo: Getty/Stock Photo/francescoch) Views
Friday, February 19, 2021
American Social and Medical Disorder: The 'Pre-Existing Condition' That Doomed the U.S. Covid Response?
Back in April 2017, only a few months after Donald Trump’s inauguration, one of world’s most prestigious medical journals, the London-based Lancet, established a special commission to keep tabs on “Public Policy and Health in the Trump Era.” The panel’s 33 commissioners—medical professionals of all...
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Traders and financial professionals work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange at the closing bell on October 2, 2019 in New York City. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images) Views
Saturday, January 30, 2021
GameStop Saga Reveals a Society Dominated by Wall Street and Crying Out for Change
You’ve probably seen by now some of those new—and jaw-dropping—stats on billionaire wealth. Analysts at started the statistical ball rolling this past fall with riveting research on how much the fortunes of America’s super rich have climbed since Covid began crushing the U.S. economy...
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Person holds sign reading 'Tax cuts make 1% richer 99% poor Views
Sunday, January 10, 2021
Our Post-Trump Democratic Prospects: What the Ming Dynasty Can Tell Us
How best to understand the assault on the Capitol this week? Might some historical perspective help us better comprehend how endangered our democracy has become? Could that perspective point us to a more promising post-Trump path? A global team of anthropologists from the United States and Mexico...
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Saturday, January 02, 2021
In 2021, Let's Ring a Global Alarm—on Inequality—That Everyone Can Hear
Remember that old joke they used to tell — and maybe still do — in luxury retail circles? The customer, precious product in hand, walks over to a haughty sales clerk at a high-end emporium and timidly asks: “How much does this cost.” “If you have to ask,” the sales clerk smiles back, “you can’t...
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