Academy Award-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney presents his take on the gap between rich and poor Americans in Park Avenue: Money, Power and the American Dream. Gibney contends that America’s richest citizens have “rigged the game in their favor,” and created unprecedented inequality in the United States.
This superb six-minute video builds on pioneering research about American attitudes toward wealth by economists Michael Norton and Dan Ariely. Most Americans, the research shows, would like to see wealth in the United States much more equally distributed than they believe it is. But most Americans underestimate how staggeringly unequal the United States has become.
Sam Pizzigati, the editor of the Institute for Policy Studies inequality weekly Too Much takes viewers on a historical tour of the nation’s capital as he discusses his new book, The Rich Don’t Always Win: The Forgotten Triumph Over Plutocracy That Created the American Middle Class, 1900-1970 (Seven Stories Press).
The U.S. Senate Budget Committee February 9, 2012 hearing on “Assessing Inequality, Mobility, and Opportunity” featured testimony from Institute for Policy Studies analyst Sarah Anderson. In her remarks, Anderson showcased how excessive corporate executive pay has turbocharged the gap between America ultra wealthy and everyone else.
Some of America’s most flush corporations are demanding a tax holiday on their profits sitting offshore. In 2004, 58 corporations that benefited from a holiday slashed a total of nearly 600,000 jobs through layoffs while they collectively saved $64 billion from what they otherwise would have owed in taxes.