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The SEC Should Shine a Light on Dark Political Donations From Corporations

Sean McElwee | Posted 07.28.2014 | Politics
Sean McElwee

Nate Silver has already dubbed the 2014 election as "the least important in years." But this year's midterms are still breaking records for at least one thing: Secret political spending.

Sometimes It Takes A Village, Except When It Shouldn't

Rachel Leventhal-Weiner | Posted 07.28.2014 | Parents
Rachel Leventhal-Weiner

The bystander in Ms. Harrell's story seems to have skipped the parent-to-parent moment. Instead, Ms. Harrell's story opens a whole vortex of parenting worry I had never even considered -- the meddling stranger.

Thomas Piketty's Model of Inequality and Growth in Historical Context (Part II)

Mary Manning Cleveland | Posted 07.24.2014 | Business
Mary Manning Cleveland

Critics have torn into Piketty's model. In my view, Piketty's and Solow's models are both fundamentally flawed in that they rest on the same ahistorical, apolitical, two-factor neoclassical foundation.

Houston, We Have a Leadership Problem

Silvia Damiano | Posted 07.21.2014 | Business
Silvia Damiano

If companies want to make a real change, they can start by expanding their definition of leadership success to address the current built-in gender biases that subordinate the leadership competencies in which many women excel.

Defending Trade Unions While the Justices Are Away

David Coates | Posted 07.21.2014 | Politics
David Coates

The nine justices of the SCOTUS are now in recess, leaving the rest of us the summer in which to reflect upon and digest their latest set of rulings. Because it is likely that both judgments will have long-term adverse consequences for progressive causes, a moment of reflection on that second judgment is well in order.

Thomas Piketty's Model of Inequality and Growth in Historical Context (Pt. I)

Mary Manning Cleveland | Posted 07.18.2014 | Business
Mary Manning Cleveland

In Thomas Piketty's doomsday model, slowing of growth in the 21st century will cause an inexorable increase in inequality. Piketty is not the first to...

What the World Cup Can Teach Progressives About Corruption

Walden Bello | Posted 07.16.2014 | World
Walden Bello

Apart from passionate support for their national sports teams, hatred of government corruption and "crony capitalism" is one of the few issues that unite all social groups in developing countries.

Beyond the Minimum Wage, a Middle-class Share of Capital?

Joseph Blasi | Posted 07.16.2014 | Politics
Joseph Blasi

The battle to increase the minimum wage is everywhere, from global fast food worker protests and new local minimum wage laws to executive orders and passionate speeches from President Obama. It's worth considering whether minimum wage policies are sufficient to substantively address rising inequality and the broad decline of the middle class.

Influence Peddling and Inequality in London: Nobody Expects a Monty Python Fourth of July

Michael Winship | Posted 07.16.2014 | Politics
Michael Winship

In the face of heavy opposition from the moneyed classes on either shore, both the United States and the United Kingdom are desperately in need of campaign finance reform. No joke.

Report from Berlin: Global Trade Deals Can No Longer Include Investor-State Dispute Settlement

Larry Cohen | Posted 07.15.2014 | Politics
Larry Cohen

As negotiations move forward on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), a wide range of German elected and civic leaders are in disbelief that the U.S. remains serious about including Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS).

Robert Reich: How To Save Capitalism

The European | Martin Eiermann | Posted 07.10.2014 | World

Former U.S. Secretary of Labor Robert Reich urges us to save capitalism from its own excesses. He sat down with Martin Eiermann of the European re...

Jillian Berman

How Inequality Is Hurting Whole Foods

HuffingtonPost.com | Jillian Berman | Posted 07.10.2014 | Business

After popularizing luxury groceries for the well-off, Whole Foods is trying to take the concept to the masses. But amid growing inequality and a slugg...

Are the Rich Any Good? Think Immigrant Women Leaders

Fiona Citkin, Ph.D. | Posted 07.09.2014 | Politics
Fiona Citkin, Ph.D.

Whatever holes one may pick in Picketty and other economists, plutocracy is rooted deeply and rules the world. If this is indeed inevitable, what's to be done?

Airport Lines and the Survival of the Finest

Misha Pinkhasov | Posted 07.08.2014 | Travel
Misha Pinkhasov

With the summer travel season in full swing, the anticipation of warm waters and far-away sights comes tinged with the less pleasant prospect of long lines at the airport.

Super-Rich Guy To 'Zillionaires': Back $15 Minimum Wage Or Prepare For Revolution

The Huffington Post | Alexander C. Kaufman | Posted 07.03.2014 | Business

A Seattle millionaire is urging his super-rich peers to support a $15 minimum wage or face the possibility of a devastating populist revolt. In an ...

Reading Piketty in Peking: The Case Against Capitalist Inequality in Communist China

Ping Chen | Posted 06.30.2014 | World
Ping Chen

Piketty's concerns are relevant to the growing inequality in China that has resulted from adopting the neo-liberal capitalist model from the West. Hence, Piketty's reflection on mainstream Western economics indirectly treads a delicate ground in China. It fits right into the current raging debate over which path China's reformers should take in the next stage of "structural reform."

Which Side Are You On? Inequality and the Case for Unions

Tim Koechlin | Posted 06.24.2014 | Politics
Tim Koechlin

Republicans tell a tired, cynical story about all of this, insisting that union busting is, somehow, good for the economy and good for workers. It's the same old trickle down nonsense. Democrats, on the other hand, have done too little to defend unions and worker rights.

Bending the Arc of History

Stan Sorscher | Posted 06.23.2014 | Business
Stan Sorscher

We can call out the policies, attitudes, and language that concentrate wealth and influence, and push back toward a more sustainable balance of moral, social, political and economic power. And seriously, someone needs to talk to that guy in the movie.

Gender Equity Can Make America Competitive

Eve Ellis | Posted 06.20.2014 | Business
Eve Ellis

In his recent address at West Point, President Obama said the U.S. must always be a leader. And yet, leaders of U.S. corporations, so far, have seemed complacent with a lagging status quo.

Clinton-Warren for Change

Brent Budowsky | Posted 06.20.2014 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

If a ticket of two women offers economic revival and transformational change based on financial justice championed by Pope Francis, the most popular figure on the world stage, support from women would be stratospheric and many men would join them.

Real Business Leaders Want to Save Capitalism

Robert Reich | Posted 06.19.2014 | Business
Robert Reich

A few weeks ago I was visited in my office by the chairman of one of the country's biggest high-tech firms who wanted to talk about the causes and consequences of widening inequality and the shrinking middle class, and what to do about it.

Why Have a Higher Minimum Wage?

Harlan Green | Posted 06.18.2014 | Business
Harlan Green

The International Monetary Fund just came out with a depressing prognosis for US economic growth -- 2 percent this year, and maybe 3 percent next year? Why? A too-bad winter, slowdown in the housing market, and stagnant wages, said the report.

Civil Rights Need Economic Rights

Jack Rothman | Posted 06.17.2014 | Black Voices
Jack Rothman

The clash between American's declared values of fairness and justice and the functioning of its contentious and uncaring economic system is a potent deterrent to racial progress.

Overcoming Inequality and Climate Change Key to Ending Poverty

Winnie Byanyima | Posted 06.17.2014 | Impact
Winnie Byanyima

If we get it right, a bold new framework for global development next year, together with agreement at the UN climate talks in Paris, could provide the impetus for a transition to a more equal world -- a world without the scourge of poverty and climate change.

We're All Spent and It's Not Our Fault

Lisa J. Servon | Posted 06.17.2014 | Money
Lisa J. Servon

The welfare state has been dismantled, leaving a much greater number of Americans without a safety net. And the further the public sector retreats from the provision of social services, the more the finance industry steps in to "help us" get what we need to get by.