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Economic Inequality

Waiting for the Revolution

Bob Burnett | Posted 08.14.2013 | Politics
Bob Burnett

In the latest recovery, 93 percent of the gains went to the top 1 percent. How long will it take before the 99 percent realize they're getting shafted? When will American workers revolt?

Pictures of the Corrosive Linkage Between Higher Inequality and Diminished Opportunity

Jared Bernstein | Posted 08.13.2013 | Business
Jared Bernstein

It is not enough to show rising inequality and wring your hands and rend your garment. You've got to explain why it's problematic.

Bridging NYC's Income Inequality Gap

Bill de Blasio | Posted 08.12.2013 | New York
Bill de Blasio

CEO pay averages an annual salary of $9.7 million -- 354 times what the average worker earns. There are even restaurants that offer diners $1,000 caviar pizza. But nearly half of all New Yorkers are at or below the poverty level.

Relationship Recognition Madness

Erez Aloni | Posted 08.12.2013 | Gay Voices
Erez Aloni

And as a society, we should demand the equitable distribution of resources and benefits for all families, regardless of how we choose to configure them. Doing so promotes our best means of winning true, deeply-rooted equality for the LGBTQ community and for unmarried partners.

Take Me Out to the Ball Game -- But Pay Me a Living Wage

Michael Winship | Posted 08.11.2013 | Politics
Michael Winship

I know of some baseball employees who can relate to that kind of bargain basement salary, and they're in San Francisco, too. Their situation is yet another flagrant example of the vast and widening gap created by income inequality in America.

Latinas Hit Hardest Pay Wage Gap, Study

NBC Latino | Jacquellena Carrero | Posted 06.10.2013 | Latino Voices

The fact that women’s wages lag behind men’s is nothing new, but a new report is showing that the minimum wage may have something to do with it. ...

The Heartless Economy

Bob Burnett | Posted 08.07.2013 | Politics
Bob Burnett

America has lost the recipe for true prosperity. We've forgotten that a healthy economy depends upon steady consumption by working Americans. We've decided to ignore the chasm between the rich and poor.

Think Again: The Power of Money, Not Logic

Eric Alterman | Posted 08.06.2013 | Media
Eric Alterman

As counterintuitive as it may initially appear to seek to worsen a situation that is already endangering the social stability and economic basis of democracy, it is the natural result of a political system that rewards money power rather than people power.

Good Consumers, Bad Citizens

Michael Winship | Posted 07.30.2013 | Politics
Michael Winship

Profit will out, whether in Wall Street boardrooms or in the ashes of a south Asian sweatshop. All of which makes for ever wealthier plutocrats, consumers kept content with cheap goods, and if we do nothing about it, lousy citizens.

Reinvention and Authenticity: People, Companies, and Countries

Russell C. Smith | Posted 07.29.2013 | Impact
Russell C. Smith

Being authentic means trusting your gut and moving ahead. It means that many times, your questions will be more important than your answers. On a personal level, it's where deeper truths are discovered.

Shocker: Income Inequality Gets Worse When You Slash Taxes On The Rich

The Huffington Post | Mark Gongloff | Posted 05.29.2013 | Business

The rich just keep getting richer -- not only by gobbling up more income, but also by paying less in taxes. That means less support for the poor, who ...

No, LGBT People Are Not Richer Than Straights

Ben Francisco Maulbeck | Posted 07.23.2013 | Gay Voices
Ben Francisco Maulbeck

The idea that gays are wealthier than straights is an inaccurate stereotype that undermines the struggle for equality of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people.

WATCH: The Myth of the 'Free Market'

Bill Moyers | Posted 07.08.2013 | Politics
Bill Moyers

In my conversation with Marshall Ganz, the veteran activist and organizer challenges the notion of the 'free market' as an effective way to address our economic, political, and moral issues. Instead, he proposes more collaborative solutions.

Zach Carter

Fix The Debt CEOs Bring $1 Billion From Tax Loopholes | Zach Carter | Posted 05.02.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Companies in the Fix the Debt coalition, which advocates for federal austerity policies, qualified for $1 billion or more in tax breaks ...

When Classes Collide: Workers and Guests at High End Hotels

Lisa Wade | Posted 06.24.2013 | Travel
Lisa Wade

Rachel Sherman's new book, Class Acts: Service and Inequality in Luxury Hotels observes that workers and guests often minimize class differences between them, even by enacting relationships strongly structured by their relative privilege.

Perhaps Congress Can Also Honor Dr. Yunus by Paying Attention to Him

Bob Harris | Posted 04.22.2013 | Impact
Bob Harris

Now that our leaders have given Dr. Yunus a gold medal, perhaps they might more truly honor him by considering why.

WATCH: The United States of Inequality

Bill Moyers | Posted 06.18.2013 | Politics
Bill Moyers

Inequality in America is now at the greatest level in modern history and shows no signs of abating. Corporate profits are at record highs. But have those companies invested that in new jobs? No. Did they at least give their workers a bump in pay? Hardly.

Revelation, Politics And Injustice

Craig S. Keener | Posted 06.17.2013 | Religion
Craig S. Keener

There is a God of justice, and those who unjustly indulge their comforts at the expense of others will one day have to face reality. Numerical calculations of 666 aside, perhaps Revelation still has something to teach us today.

The Dis-Uniting of America

Robert Reich | Posted 06.17.2013 | Politics
Robert Reich

We come together as Americans when confronting common disasters and common threats, but we continue to split apart economically. Almost 1 out of 4 of the nation's children is in now in poverty, but you wouldn't know that in Washington.

Dr. King's 'Two Americas' Truer Now than Ever

Bill Moyers | Posted 06.11.2013 | Politics
Bill Moyers

Martin Luther King, Jr., had more than a dream -- he envisioned what America could be, if only it lived up to its promise of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for each and every citizen. That's what we have conveniently forgotten.

Three Critical Days in the Struggle for Land Reform in India

Alnoor Ladha | Posted 06.10.2013 | World
Alnoor Ladha

The government of India made a remarkable promise on October 11 last year. It was bold and broad, and it has the potential to strike a fundamental blow at the plague of landlessness and poverty that blights millions of Indians.

The Heart, The Hand And The Gun

Mark D. W. Edington | Posted 06.08.2013 | Religion
Mark D. W. Edington

The Christian tradition has an ambiguous relationship with the problem of violence. It cannot be denied that the worldwide spread of the Christian faith was abetted by the use of violence. In contrast, the position of nonviolence has a long history in Christian teaching.

Other People's Children

Joanne Goldblum | Posted 06.08.2013 | Parents
Joanne Goldblum

Most people are committed to pointing their own kids toward a bright future. If we're able, we'll spend a small fortune on sports equipment and tuition. To ensure that our kids inherit an America like the one that we inherited, however, we need to start worrying about other people's children.

LISTEN: Robert Reich on What We've (Not) Learned From Watergate

Bill Moyers | Posted 05.19.2013 | Politics
Bill Moyers

In this audio exclusive, Moyers & Company senior writer Michael Winship talks with Reich about the ways in which Washington has changed since Watergate, and how the influence of money continues to corrupt politics and exacerbate income inequality in America.

Is Income Inequality A Sin?

Ronald J. Sider | Posted 05.19.2013 | Religion
Ronald J. Sider

If we believe what the Bible says about God's concern for the poor; if we believe what the Bible says about justice; then we must denounce the gross inequality of opportunity and income in our country today as blatantly sinful.