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From Inequality, We Can’t Take a Vacation

What more vivid symbol of the indignity our contemporary corporate-driven inequality imposes than the Carnival Triumph. Thousands of people adrift, going nowhere in a nightmare of sewage and stench, while a billionaire chief executive sits far away in a courtside seat and cheers.

The Tiny Tax that Terrifies Wall Street

Sam Pizzigati

Robin Hood would not be happy if he happened upon our incredibly top-heavy modern world. But the new campaign to levy a tax on speculative trading would most certainly have him smiling.

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Facebook and Tahrir Square, Revisited

Sam Pizzigati

Facebook’s initial public offering last week ‘offered’ the world another double dose of windfalls and greed. But Egypt’s elections this week may bring an IPO of a different sort, the ‘initial public offering’ of an antidote to avarice.

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Will CEO Pay Excess Outlast Our ‘Shareholder Spring’?

Sam Pizzigati

A string of surprising ‘say on pay’ votes has some executive pay critics sensing an impending revolution in corporate boardrooms. But that ‘revolution’ won’t amount to much until CEO pay reformers start factoring worker pay into the corporate compensation equation.

Shoving CEOs under an Online Microscope

A new labor report reinforces the case for more transparency on the gap between what U.S. CEOs take home and what they pay their workers. The SEC is currently dragging its feet on implementing the new law that requires individual corporations to reveal just how wide that gap has become.

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