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Economic Inequality

The Bull Moose Is Back: America's Rising Revolution Against The Super Rich, Ruling Elites

Dr. John C. Welch IV, M.T.S., M.B.A. | Posted 07.21.2015 | Politics
Dr. John C. Welch IV, M.T.S., M.B.A.

The middle class no longer has a voice. We now have zero influence on our own government.8 For the middle and working classes, we're back to where this nation started: Taxation without representation.

What Do Americans Think About Economic Inequality?

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 07.07.2015 | Politics
Lawrence Wittner

Numerous opinion surveys in recent years indicate that substantial majorities of Americans not only recognize that the gap between the wealthy and everyone else has grown, but favor greater economic equality.

The New Climate-Inequality Nexus

David de Ferranti | Posted 07.06.2015 | Impact
David de Ferranti

Social policies for reducing economic inequality can enhance the adaptability to climate change for the poor. Social safety nets and particularly conditional cash transfer programs can improve the capacity to respond to natural disasters or spikes in food and fuel prices.

Minding the Gap of the Great Divide

Vince Carducci | Posted 07.06.2015 | Books
Vince Carducci

In the wake of Occupy Wall Street and the anti-austerity protests in Spain, Greece, and elsewhere around the world, economic inequality has emerged as one of the more hotly debated issues in the public sphere.

Zach Carter

Elizabeth Warren: The Tuition Is Too Damn High

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 06.16.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) took on the student debt crisis in a wide-ranging interview with The Huffington Post, calling for a fede...

This Comic Strip Nails Why Poor Americans Aren't Just 'Asking For Handouts'

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 06.02.2015 | Impact

America's poor don't have it easy. They're subjected to a range of false stereotypes: They're accused of being lazy and of abusing drugs, among ot...

Hillary Clinton: First Impressions

Bob Burnett | Posted 05.14.2015 | Politics
Bob Burnett

On May 6th, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton held her first two fundraising events in San Francisco. I attended an afternoon event, featuring a confident, positive Clinton.

Piketty, Stiglitz and Our Renewed Interest in Inequality

Marcelo Giugale | Posted 05.10.2015 | Politics
Marcelo Giugale

The study of inequality has been going on forever. To give you an idea, the index used to measure how unequal the distribution of income is -- the "Gini Coefficient" -- was invented a century ago. So, why the sudden interest? Why worry now about something that has been the fodder of academics, politicians, and the media for so long?

The Parable of Baltimore

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.01.2015 | Politics
Jim Wallis

The parable of Baltimore is one that we need to learn from if our responses are ever to be as deep as the problems are. And admitting that the things we accept and don't accept do indeed have to do with race is a first honest step.

It's Time to Restore the Estate Tax

Ben Veghte | Posted 06.28.2015 | Politics
Ben Veghte

The estate tax is an essential component of tax policy in any meritocratic democracy. In an era of rising income and wealth inequality, a strong estate tax has become all the more critical. Yet Congress has allowed the estate tax to erode, particularly over the last 15 years.

Celebrating National Poetry Month 2015

Michael Carosone | Posted 06.16.2015 | Gay Voices
Michael Carosone

For National Poetry Month 2015, here is one of my poems: "My Laundromat"//I will buy a Laundromat//so that//I can take the perfectly blue and green//rounded sphere which we call planet Earth// and give it a very needed cleaning.

Why We Should Care About Tax Policy

Dedrick Muhammad | Posted 06.14.2015 | Black Voices
Dedrick Muhammad

President Obama's announcement of new tax benefits for middle class and working families, highlighted in the State of the Union and detailed in his FY 2016 budget, shines a light on the tax code in a way that demands our attention and engagement.

Zach Carter

Republicans Push $269 Billion Handout For Millionaire Heirs And Heiresses

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 04.14.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Republicans this week will vote to hand the heirs and heiresses of America's largest fortunes a $269 billion tax break by repealin...

Our Kids: Could We Just Listen to Robert Putnam's Plea to America?

Karen Gross | Posted 06.13.2015 | Education
Karen Gross

In America, we favor quick results and resolving the achievement gap is a several decade-long effort. We are so used to "quickness" with email and Twitter and other social media that we get distracted easily and lose focus and drive.

Empathy for Angry White Men

John Fitzgerald Gates, Ph.D. | Posted 06.03.2015 | Black Voices
John Fitzgerald Gates, Ph.D.

As an African American, I have empathy for angry white men because I recognize that they are experiencing the pain African Americans have long borne -- of being bystanders to the shaping of their identities and possibilities in an uncertain world.

Another World Is Possible, Without the 1 Percent

Winnie Byanyima | Posted 05.23.2015 | Impact
Winnie Byanyima

Wealth is used to entrench inequality, not to trickle down and solve it. There will be no victory in the fight against poverty unless this trend of worsening inequality is reversed.

10 Illinois Counties With the Lowest Rates of Income Inequality

Reboot Illinois | Posted 05.18.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Illinois is the 36th most income unequal state in the country. Washington, D.C. has the most inequality, while Alaska has the smallest income gap in the country.

Zach Carter

America's Top Economic Performance Artist Is Really Popular With GOP Candidates

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 03.13.2015 | Politics

Man. For a minute there, it looked like Republicans were getting serious about this whole income inequality thing. We had Jeb Bush calling it "the def...

The Crisis of Liberal Democracy

Michael Gould-Wartofsky | Posted 05.02.2015 | Politics
Michael Gould-Wartofsky

The class bias of American politics has not only cost us our democracy. It has also cost us our jobs, our health, and our security. For years, the recovery was crippled by the politics of austerity, as a bipartisan coalition took a butcher's knife to the public sector, and as balanced budgets took precedence over basic needs.

Inequality and Fairness: Why Investors Should Care

Peter Schwartz | Posted 05.03.2015 | Money
Peter Schwartz

The effect of unequal educational funding is to reinforce existing wealth inequalities across social class, race, gender, and region. But the most significant effect is the reproduction of these inequalities across generations.

Land of Equal Opportunity? The Power of a Costly Myth

Jon Wisman | Posted 04.27.2015 | Politics
Jon Wisman

The myth of fluid upward mobility blinds us to how stacked our system has become against the aspirations of the less well-off, thereby enabling an elite to capture every larger shares of income, wealth, privilege, and control over government while those below receive relatively smaller shares, face fewer opportunities, and command increasingly less control.

Failure to Work With Minority Owned Businesses a Challenge in the Private and Public Sector

Dedrick Muhammad | Posted 04.25.2015 | Business
Dedrick Muhammad

What has not been adequately addressed is the inequality in business development and how procurement policies with a diversity emphasis can be an important means of strengthening wealth and entrepreneurship development for minority communities.

The Politics of Responsibility, Not Envy

Richard Kirsch | Posted 04.14.2015 | Politics
Richard Kirsch

According to former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers -- who is emerging as a key economic advisor to Hillary Clinton -- the big political challenge in addressing economic inequality is not to embrace "a politics of envy." No, Mr. Summers, it's not the politics of envy. It's the politics of responsibility.

Young Adults Taking on How to Increase Opportunity in America

Paul Kendrick | Posted 04.13.2015 | Impact
Paul Kendrick

America has a crisis right now around opportunity for young people. The American Dream -- that belief that through hard work and perseverance you can build a better life -- is in peril for a generation.

An "Informed Consumer" of Students' Test Scores

Jack Jennings | Posted 04.11.2015 | Education
Jack Jennings

The care we give to buying a vacuum cleaner is absent when we consider the test scores released to the news media by the states and local school districts. And, from those test scores the news media, politicians, and the general public reach simplistic conclusions about the effectiveness of public education.