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Inequality

The Kansas Education Funding Case and Constitutional Democracy

Craig Martin | Posted 03.18.2015 | Politics
Craig Martin

The ongoing debate in Kansas over school funding is important not only for the state's education policy, but also for how we think about our democracy.

2014 in Two Words: "Culture" and "Vape"?

Frank Islam | Posted 03.17.2015 | Impact
Frank Islam

Call us old fashioned, but none of these newly minted words is in our vocabulary. And, we doubt seriously whether any or many of them are in common usage among those tech savvy, selfie-taking, instagram-sending members of the millennial generation.

Global Leaders, Over 1,000 Charities Declare 2015 The Year To Focus On Poverty Eradication

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 01.15.2015 | Impact

For the first time in history, eradicating extreme poverty around the world is on the horizon, according to one campaign for progress -- and 2015 is a...

Top 4 Lessons Dr. King Taught Us

Carla Javits | Posted 03.17.2015 | Impact
Carla Javits

We have made tremendous leaps forward before, and if we have the nerve and mutual respect to engage and act -- we can make progress again on the urgent matters we face today -- with economic inequity as the centerpiece.

Challenge and Opportunity for Progressives

Robert L. Borosage | Posted 03.17.2015 | Politics
Robert L. Borosage

No challenge in the Democratic Party will have legs unless people are in motion, mobilizing, challenging business as usual, and forcing politicians to get outside of their comfort zone. Dislodging the entrenched interests and big money that dominate our politics won't be easy.

Idea for Tackling Inequality #27,653: Stop Subsidizing It

Dean Baker | Posted 03.14.2015 | Business
Dean Baker

Most of the discussion assumes that inequality is something that happened. By contrast, the more obvious story is that inequality is something that was done; it was the result of policies that had the effect of redistributing income upward.

The Political Consequences of Inequality

Harlan Green | Posted 03.10.2015 | Business
Harlan Green

Europe is now suffering the same fate, with conservative governments in control and the debtor nations such as Greece still being punished, while Germany flourishes as it protects its own interests rather than that of the EU as a whole

What Can NGOs Learn From the West's Response to Ebola?

Nourish International | Posted 03.10.2015 | Impact
Nourish International

A "Sexy Ebola Costume" is a dumb joke, but it's also part of a broader attitude.

Unequal and Unhappy

Aaron Pacitti | Posted 03.09.2015 | Politics
Aaron Pacitti

Over the past 35 years, Americans have become $27 trillion wealthier. That's an extra $90,000 per person, or $360,000 for a family of four. But it doesn't seem to be making us better off.

Making Race Elementary: 5 Ways To Talk to your Kids About Race And Other Tough Topics

C. Nicole Mason | Posted 02.28.2015 | Parents
C. Nicole Mason

We all belong to a tribe or race and some of us belong to many. Our perspectives, racial attitudes and preferences are informed by our experiences and our membership in these groups. We have to do our own work to build bridges and ensure that our children do the same.

America's White Millennial Problem: Why the Next Generation Might Not Be a Liberal One

Sean McElwee | Posted 02.28.2015 | Politics
Sean McElwee

While the "millennial" generation has widely been seen as the key to future of Democratic successes, there are reasons to believe that the liberalism of millennials, at least on certain key issues, has been overstated.

Wealth Inequality: Trickle-Down or a Sinking Ship?

Misha Pinkhasov | Posted 02.22.2015 | Money
Misha Pinkhasov

Three makes a pattern so, with inequality at the top of the news - be it about champagne wars at the House of Lords or the inherent privilege of white males on the streets of America - it is time to have a conversation about the difference between privilege and patronage.

How to Close the Racial Wealth Gap

Sean McElwee | Posted 02.21.2015 | Politics
Sean McElwee

Any presidential candidate should make the baby bond a central plank of their 2016 if they want to seriously address the problem of wealth inequality. Without such a proposal, wealth, and therefore political power will become increasingly concentrated in the hands of a small elite.

Our Fight for Justice

Randi Weingarten | Posted 02.19.2015 | Education
Randi Weingarten

Change takes time. But what sets our nation apart is that, even in our darkest hours, we strive to make things better. During this week's winter solstice, we celebrate the holiday season with light as a symbol of hope.

The Case for a Financial Transaction Tax

Sean McElwee | Posted 02.11.2015 | Politics
Sean McElwee

Wall Street is one of the most reviled institutions in the United States, with a recent study finding the lowest trust in finance recorded over 40 years.

The System Didn't Fail Eric Garner. It Worked How a Racist System Is Supposed to

Omer Aziz | Posted 02.09.2015 | Politics
Omer Aziz

The disquieting truth is that there was never to be an indictment in this case, which on simple legal grounds should have moved to trial, because the US justice system knows no justice when it comes to African-Americans.

5 Ways to Lessen Inequality as Demand for Labor Decreases Worldwide

Aashish Mehta | Posted 02.04.2015 | World
Aashish Mehta

As automation replaces jobs, we may need a guaranteed minimum income for all people, regardless of employment status.

We Cannot Abandon Kenya's Mandera County as Medics Flee Islamist Attacks

Siddharth Chatterjee | Posted 02.02.2015 | Impact
Siddharth Chatterjee

This county needs doctors, teachers and other public servants more than any other. If more of these professionals leave Mandera, the people will suffer, especially women and girls.

Sex-Segregation in Schools Is Bad Policy

Lucas Waldron | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Lucas Waldron

Sex-segregation in public schools is not only an archaic policy, it also threatens the safety of trans students and institutionalizes patriarchal definitions of gender that harm our entire society.

Chris Rock: There'd Be Riots If People Knew What Being Rich Was Really Like

The Huffington Post | Emily Cohn | Posted 12.01.2014 | Business

"If the average person could see the Virgin Airlines first-class lounge, they’d go, 'What? What? This is food, and it’s free, and they… what? Massage? Are you kidding me?'"

When Retailers Shop the Season Doesn't End at Christmas

Sean McElwee | Posted 01.28.2015 | Politics
Sean McElwee

The democratic chorus in Washington has shifted from one that is broadly in favor of business interests to one virtually devoid of any other voices.

Philadelphia. Ferguson. Institutionalized Racism. The March.

Hillary Linardopoulos | Posted 01.26.2015 | Education
Hillary Linardopoulos

In both communities -- Ferguson and West Kensington -- community members have been told in no uncertain terms that some lives matter more than others.

You're More Likely To Inherit Your Dad's Social Status Than His Height

The Huffington Post | Mark Gongloff | Posted 11.25.2014 | Business

We inherit social status from our parents just as much as, if not more than, our physical traits.

Revealed: Rising Inequality Kills American Jobs

Lynn Parramore | Posted 01.21.2015 | Business
Lynn Parramore

Barry Z. Cynamon and Steven M. Fazzari are exploring how the massive debt which led to the Great Recession, the spending collapse that followed, and the stagnation that persists are all linked to income inequality. In this interview, they discuss what their findings mean for America.

Russell Brand Is Wrong: Voting Really Can Change America for the Better

Sean McElwee | Posted 01.20.2015 | Politics
Sean McElwee

Voting should only be the beginning of political change; it should not be the end. It is, however, necessary.