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Inequality

Changing America's Culture of Greed

John W. Traphagan | Posted 12.30.2015 | Politics
John W. Traphagan

Every vote for a candidate from the right in the current political climate is a vote for more of the same -- extreme wealth and power concentrated in the hands of a very small segment of the population.

I Tremble for My Country When I Know That God Is Just

Clarence B. Jones | Posted 12.29.2015 | Black Voices
Clarence B. Jones

Race-based police use of lethal force against black persons may be the smoldering fuse of a ticking time bomb.

Why the U.S. Needs Guaranteed Employment

Jon Wisman | Posted 12.23.2015 | Politics
Jon Wisman

The American work ethic has always insisted that everyone should work. No one should get a free ride. Yet our public policy - raising interest rates when unemployment reaches its "natural rate" -- condemns some to be without jobs.

The Sneaky Way Austerity Got Sold to the Public Like Snake Oil

Lynn Parramore | Posted 12.23.2015 | Politics
Lynn Parramore

As economic inequality reaches new heights and austerity programs are debated around the world (most recently, in Spain and Portugal), learn how a lie becomes a political and economic "truth."

Seniors and Veterans Deserve a Raise

Nancy Altman | Posted 12.21.2015 | Politics
Nancy Altman

As a member of Congress and the head of a social security advocacy group, we believe that it's time to take action to ensure that seniors, veterans, workers who have been forced to stop work as the result of serious and permanent disabilities, and others receive a badly needed raise.

The Science Behind Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol

Scott Santens | Posted 12.21.2015 | Science
Scott Santens

Studies show that as a person grows in wealth, they lose empathy for their fellow man. This is also directly tied in with inequality, because as someone climbs a curve exhibiting exponential growth, that person will have exponentially fewer peers.

Cheap Rent Or A Good Neighborhood: Sorry, You Probably Can't Have Both

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 12.18.2015 | Business

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US Corporate Cotton vs African Cotton Farmers at the WTO

Marie Clarke | Posted 12.20.2015 | World
Marie Clarke

Developing countries have been long calling for rich countries to practice what they preach, and remove subsidies or allow them to support their own farmers. Over a decade ago, the US agreed to resolve the issue of cotton subsidies "ambitiously, expeditiously and particularly."

Why the U.S. Could Soon Be the World's First Former Middle Class Society

Joseph E. Stiglitz | Posted 12.09.2015 | World
Joseph E. Stiglitz

America is becoming a more divided society -- divided not only between whites and African Americans, but also between the 1 percent and the rest, and between the highly educated and the less educated, regardless of race.

The 'Disease' Our World Suffers From

Zita Luiten | Posted 12.08.2015 | Impact
Zita Luiten

We live in a world of opposites, a world of contrasts, disparity, divergence. West vs East, modern vs traditional, liberal vs conservative, good vs ba...

The Solution To Extremism Is Global Equality

Stephan Said | Posted 12.08.2015 | Politics
Stephan Said

We are faced with the task of creating a new global socio-economic model sufficient to create sustainable peace on earth. A mass non-violent movement demanding that all people live equally with each other, loving each other, caring for our planet, is the only solution. We have to start today.

How Tech Can Take on Inequality

Laura Mather | Posted 12.07.2015 | Technology
Laura Mather

Everyone in America today is connected to the tech industry, and it's time for the sector to innovate new products aimed squarely at tackling inequali...

Segregation Is Alive and Well in America's Schools

Alexandros Orphanides | Posted 12.04.2015 | Black Voices
Alexandros Orphanides

Most people think that school segregation is a natural byproduct of people going to school where they live. In some ways, that is true, but only half right; what this tells us is that our country remains profoundly segregated and our cities are the bastions of inequality.

Twenty Billionaires Have More Wealth Than Half U.S. Households

Chuck Collins | Posted 12.02.2015 | Politics
Chuck Collins

America's skewed wealth is one of the most critical issues of our time. Unless we defuse this threat to our democracy, we're destined to become a society governed the sons and daughters of today's billionaires.

How Economic Inequality Makes Terror Attacks More Likely

The Huffington Post | Shane Ferro | Posted 12.09.2015 | Business

Economist Thomas Piketty says income inequality plays a big part in fueling radical Islamic terrorism that originates in the Middle East. Piketty, fa...

Dead, White, and Blue

Barbara Ehrenreich | Posted 12.01.2015 | Politics
Barbara Ehrenreich

While the lifespan of affluent whites continues to lengthen, the lifespan of poor whites has been shrinking. As a result, in just the last four years, the gap between poor white men and wealthier ones has widened by up to four years.

Showing Our Thanks for Grandparent Caregivers

Dedrick Muhammad | Posted 11.25.2015 | Black Voices
Dedrick Muhammad

As most of us prepare to gather with family, sharing meals and good times, we as a nation should look at how we value families and support the efforts made within families to provide for future generations.

Something Is Happening: Basic Income Create-a-Thons Are Here

Scott Santens | Posted 11.24.2015 | Business
Scott Santens

Something is happening in San Francisco. Perhaps someday we will look back and call it an epicenter of the 21st century.

NYC Is Completely Unaffordable, But New Yorkers Are In Denial

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 11.20.2015 | Impact

Here’s more evidence that New York City is unaffordable for most people -- but that they'll probably keep living there anyway. Just over half o...

Letter to Mayor de Blasio: Commit to Ending, Rather Than Perpetuating, Segregation and Inequality

Donna Nevel | Posted 11.20.2015 | Education
Donna Nevel

Public education should not mean that, if you are wealthy, you have greater access to our public schools.

Doing Better: The $80 Billion Shift We Need Now for Economic Democracy

Michelle Long | Posted 11.19.2015 | Business
Michelle Long

Today, the literature is clear -- an economy with fewer big players does a good job of funneling wealth into few hands, but the best path to the most jobs and the most wealth for the most people is directly correlated with the density and diversity of local ownership per capita.

In The Bronx, A Community Stands Poised to Fight Back

Alexandros Orphanides | Posted 11.13.2015 | Black Voices
Alexandros Orphanides

to the largely Black and Latino longtime residents, the South Bronx is testament to the ability of communities to survive and thrive in the face of decades of governmental neglect, persistent economic inequality, and built-in racist planning.

Attending Refugees in Global South Cities

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 11.11.2015 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

By Adèle Charbonneau According to current estimates, as many as almost seven-million refugees and asylum seekers are living in cities, potentially...

Everything You Need To Know About The Republican Candidates' Tax Plans

The Huffington Post | Zach Carter | Posted 11.10.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The tax proposals from the Republican presidential hopefuls all have two things in common: They would balloon the deficit and shower th...

Fast-Food Workers' Fight for 15 Is My Fight Too

Letasha Irby | Posted 11.10.2015 | Business
Letasha Irby

On Tuesday, I'll be joining fast-food workers and other underpaid workers all across the country to demand higher wages and a voice on the job. We have a common fight, and when we stick together, we can win.