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Inequality

The Political Consequences of Inequality

Harlan Green | Posted 01.08.2015 | 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 02.10.2015 | 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 01.07.2015 | 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 02.01.2015 | Gay 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.

Zach Carter

Elizabeth Warren Infiltrates The Clinton Borg

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 11.20.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Democrats still don't know what to do about the Clinton years. That wouldn't be a big deal if President Bill Clinton's legacy didn't ...

Ben Walsh

If Pimco Were A Country, It Would Be The Most Unequal Place On The Planet

HuffingtonPost.com | Ben Walsh | Posted 11.19.2014 | Business

The salaries at Pimco confirm what researchers have been saying about income inequality in America: far more than the 1 percent, it’s the skyrocketing compensation of the 0.1 and 0.01 percent that are driving the rise in income inequality. Everyone – from the merely highly-paid to low-wage workers – is losing ground to the new income elite.

Hard Time: Lessons From a Maximum-Security Prison

Jade Chong-Smith | Posted 01.19.2015 | Crime
Jade Chong-Smith

Republicans argue that punitive sentences are essential to a tough-on-crime approach that keeps our streets safe. I see building stronger communities with adequate support mechanisms, not building stronger prisons, as the path to a safer society.

Sit-Down Strike at Walmart and Win? It's Been Done

Dana Frank | Posted 01.19.2015 | Politics
Dana Frank

Recently 28 brave employees staged a sit-down strike at a Walmart store in LA. It might sound far-fetched, but there's a successful precedent: During the Great Depression, Woolworth's was a giant engine of both wealth and poverty, just like Walmart is today.

Two Detroits, Separate and Unequal

Laura Gottesdiener | Posted 01.17.2015 | Detroit
Laura Gottesdiener

On the brink of a new, post-bankruptcy beginning, Detroit is really two cities. One is comprised of wealthy enclaves linked to a compact, rapidly redeveloping downtown. The other is made up of the rest of the 139-square-mile urban expanse, populated by longtime residents who have fought for decades to survive in an environment that has become increasingly uninhabitable.

G20 Leaders Must Turn the Tide on Inequality and Climate Change

Winnie Byanyima | Posted 01.14.2015 | Impact
Winnie Byanyima

The two great challenges of our time -- inequality and climate change -- are threatening to undermine the efforts of millions of people to escape poverty and hunger. By concentrating wealth and power in the hands of a few, inequality robs the poorest people of the support they need to improve their lives.