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February 2016 Too Much: How Much Do the Rich Deserve?

Our world’s billionaires don’t merit either their billions, the economist Didier Jacobs suggests, or the right to claim we’re somehow all living in a ‘meritocracy.’

January 2016 Too Much: A New Look at a Forgotten Egalitarian

In our deeply unequal times, historian Edward O’Donnell reminds us, the life of the 19th century’s most important critic of concentrated wealth remains as relevant as ever.

December 2015 Too Much: Inequality’s Most Pivotal Scorekeeper?

That just may be Martine Durand, the chief statistician of the developed world’s top research agency. How does she view her role and our inequality data future? Too Much asked.

November 2015 Too Much: How Taxes Keep Wealth White

From the days of slavery to the 21st century rebirth of the poll tax, our tax system has been concentrating wealth at African-American expense, as legal scholar Andre Smith is documenting.

October 2015 Too Much: The Real Secrets to Grand Fortune

Click here to read the Too Much monthly issue for October 2015. The moneymaking techniques today generating mega millions and more, the global business analyst Sam Wilkin is making plain, almost all rest on schemes for defeating the forces of honest market competition.

September 2015 Too Much: In Search of Our First Trillionaire

No 13-digit fortune has yet appeared on the horizon. But if we wait until we get close enough to see one, warns wealth analyst Bob Lord, we may find our plutocracy set eternally in concrete.

August 2015 Too Much: How Inequality Corrupts Success

In any society where great stashes of wealth amass at the top, philosopher Elizabeth Anderson reminds us, the wealthy will sooner or later see most of the rest of us as failures.

July 2015 Too Much: Our Unequal Unsustainable World

Inequality has our planet down, the veteran analyst Juliet Schor believes, but not out. She’s seeing more and more of us working for alternatives to mindless consumerism — and the failing economic system that so relentlessly generates it.

June Too Much: This Business Manufactures Equality

In the United States, top corporate execs sometimes make more in an hour than their workers can make in a year. At Mondragon, one of Spain’s largest companies, no execs can make more in an hour than their workers make in a day.

May Too Much: A Promising Partnership, for 1 Percenters

What do corporate chiefs want out of the latest global trade talks? On their wish list: a veto over government decisions that complicate their profiteering. Will they get that veto power? Trade union analyst Thea Lee sees reasons they just might not.