Sam Pizzigati

Billionaires Won’t Save the World - Just Look at Elon Musk

Will Mars save humanity? Or will our savior be billionaire Elon Musk?

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The Big Pharma Family That Brought Us the Opioid Crisis

If the devil wears Prada, what do America’s most destructive drug pushers wear? They wear smiles. The drug pushers we have in mind here have caused hundreds of thousands of deaths, enough fatalities to decrease overall U.S. life expectancy at birth for the last two years running. Yet no police SWAT teams have pounded down any doors hunting these drug pushers down.

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The Plutocrats Are Champing at the Bit to Punish Us with Pricey Road Tolls

Early this past December, Virginia state officials opened up their latest “dynamically priced” toll superhighway, a 10-mile stretch of interstate that runs from Northern Virginia into Washington, D.C. Ten days later, commuter Chris Kane looked up at the signage that continually updates the road’s current rush-hour fare.

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Corporate Excuse for Obscene CEO Pay? 'The Free Market Made Us Do It!'

Apologists for the many millions in compensation that America’s largest corporations regularly dole out to their top executives have essentially one basic, all-purpose go-to defense.

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Should Teachers Have to Panhandle to Prep for a New School Year?

Back to school! These three simple words used to leave America’s public school teachers giddy with anticipation. Now they leave them opening up their wallets and worrying.

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Remembering the Insider Who Blew the Whistle on Corporate Greed

If you work in a corrupt system, you have two basic options.

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Trump's Cabinet Is Coming After What's Left of the Middle Class

In a typical corporate board of directors meeting, what do CEOs see when they look out across their richly lacquered boardroom tables? Lots of other CEOs.

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Why Does Pet Care Cost So Much?

Anyone who owns a pet knows that the cost of caring for old Fluffy or Fido has gone up considerably over recent years.

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As Wealth for the Middle Class Shrinks, It May Be Time for a Radical Intervention

The basic idea behind the “mulligan” ­– you flub a shot, you get to take the shot again — may be golf’s most endearing contribution to world civilization.

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Banks Screw Americans Trying Desperately to Stay Afloat

Almost two-thirds of Americans today—63 percent—don’t have enough savings to cover an unexpected $500 expense. Anything from an emergency brake job to a refrigerator on the fritz could zero out their bank accounts.

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The Kochs' Biggest Joke - Billionaires Pretend to Care About Inequality in Latest Ad Blitz

In this year’s first quarter, the Federal Reserve reported last week, the total amount of wealth in the United States nudged over $88 trillion, an all-time record high.

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Now the 1% Live 15 Years Longer Than the Poorest: The Death Gap's Increasing

Rich people live longer than poor people. No big news there—we’ve known that health tracks wealth for quite some time now.

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The Death Gap Between Rich and Poor Is Only Getting Bigger

Rich people live longer than poor people. No big news there — we’ve known that health tracks wealth for quite some time now.

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Why the SuperRich Should Be Paying $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.

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However You Define 'Income,' the Rich Still Get Richer

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?

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Guess Who Gives More of Their Money to Charity: People Who Make More or Less Than $200k a Year?

Billionaire CEO Nicholas Woodman, news reports trumpeted earlier this month, has set aside $450 million worth of his GoPro software stock to set up a brand-new charitable foundation.

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America's Wealthiest Are Just Too Damn Rich to Have a Functioning Society

Imagine yourself part of the typical American family. Your household would have, the Federal Reserve reported in September, a net worth of $81,200.

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America’s 400 Ridiculously Richest People: 2014 Edition

Imagine yourself part of the typical American family. Your household would have, the Federal Reserve reported last month, a net worth of $81,200.

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The Mess on Our 'Information Superhighway'

This article originally appeared in Inequality.org's weekly newsletter Too Much, and is reprinted here with their permission.

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How America's Terrible Economy May Be Ruining Your Love Life

Finding true love, philosophers have always understood, can get complicated in deeply unequal places. Grand fortunes tend to give Cupid a hard time, on Valentine’s Day and every other.

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10 Greediest People in America

Butchers, bakers, and candlestick makers. You won’t find any of them in this latest annual list of America’s most avaricious. You will find wheelers and dealers and even a candy store heiress.

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Are Heartless People Simply Born That Way?

People who cut food stamps - and gut child labor laws - most all had empathy when they came into the world. So what squeezed the empathy out? Analysts are pointing to inequality.

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How Progressives Won Four Important Victories in 10 Days

Progressives won big in four arenas over the past two weeks. They played key roles in stopping a military strike on Syria, defeating Larry Summers’s bid to head the Fed, winning basic protections for 1.9 million home health care workers, and forcing companies to disclose the gap between their CEO and worker pay.

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America's Rich Are Getting Richer Even Faster Than You Thought

The future just keeps getting brighter for Americans with unique specialties.

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Gushers of Campaign Cash are Causing Widespread Inequality

Fifty years ago, average Americans lived in a society where less than $10 of every $100 in personal income went to the nation’s richest 1 percent.

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The Latest Census of Global Fortunes: Mo' Money for the 1%

For the global economy, notes the just-released 17th annual World Wealth Report from the Capgemini wealth consultancy and the Royal Bank of Canada, 2012 turned out to be one real downer.

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U.S. Bancorp Oligarch Devotes Free Time to Dismantling Minnesota Orchestra

What do bank executives who make $19 million a year do in their spare time? They do the same thing they do in the hours they spend in their executive suites. They squeeze America's middle class.

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Meet the CEO Who Cut Worker Pay in Half While Pulling in $21 Million Last Year

This article orignially appeared in Too Much, the inequality weekly. Sign up to receive free via email.

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The American Housing Market is Set to Screw People Far into the Future

Our political vocabulary is changing all the time. Words that loom large in one generation’s national public discourse can almost totally disappear in the next.

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