Sam Pizzigati

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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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UTLA on strike on on January 14, 2019 Views
Sunday, January 20, 2019
The Deep-Pocket Push to Deep-Six Public Schools
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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Certainly we have a political class that’s hostile to the idea. But we don’t have a public that’s hostile to the idea. (Photo: Reed Saxon/AP) Views
Tuesday, December 18, 2018
Jeff Bezos Has Enough! It’s Time for a Maximum Wage
For Republican members of Congress and cable news pundits, a cap on the earnings of the super rich might sound like a dystopian nightmare. Yet, as author Sam Pizzigati argues in his new book, The Case for A Maximum Wage , those who are not ardent free marketeers should give the idea some serious...
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