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Inequality

Here Are The Most Unequal Counties In America

The Huffington Post | Emily Cohn | Posted 09.23.2014 | Business

Welcome to the United States of Inequality. The map below, based on data from the Census Bureau’s 2013 American Community Survey, shows the most ...

Five Reasons Why Democracy Hasn't Fixed Inequality

Sean McElwee | Posted 11.23.2014 | Politics
Sean McElwee

In a market economy, the median voter's income will invariably be below the national average creating an apparently compelling opportunity for a politics of redistribution. This makes the sustained increase in income inequality in the United States and other developed countries a bit of a puzzle.

Here Are The Richest And Poorest Big Cities In America

The Huffington Post | Mark Gongloff | Posted 09.18.2014 | Business

Washington, D.C., rules everything, apparently: Median income of largest metros was highest in DC ($90,149) & San Francisco ($79,624) #ACSdata http...

Elizabeth Warren Reminds Us Why CEOs Are Making Way Too Much Money

The Huffington Post | Christine Conetta & Chris Gentilviso | Posted 09.18.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is not letting corporations off the hook. During Wednesday's Senate Banking Committee hearing on risi...

Inequality, Nick Hanauer and the Patriot's Moral Code

Timothy J. Barnett | Posted 11.17.2014 | Politics
Timothy J. Barnett

The July/August 2014 issue of Politico Magazine sports a special report decrying excessive economic inequality, written by plutocrat extraordinare, Nick Hanauer.

All's Not Quiet On The Democratic Front: Why Occupy Wall Street Still Matters Today

Marni Halasa | Posted 11.17.2014 | Politics
Marni Halasa

On the third anniversary of Occupy Wall Street, don't be so sure that that the ranting and raving about income inequality, fracking and student debt is dead.

Economy Strengthened Too Slowly in 2013 to Help Many Middle- and Low-Income People

Bob Greenstein | Posted 11.16.2014 | Politics
Bob Greenstein

Today's Census data provide fresh evidence that the economy strengthened in 2013, but too slowly to improve the living standards of many middle- and low-income Americans.

Global Inequality: What to Address?

Young-mok Kim | Posted 11.16.2014 | World
Young-mok Kim

Shared prosperity is not achievable if we are not able to include those people at the larger bottom in the process of growth. From the perspective of the world development community, proportion of inequality may matter less than inclusion of the people left behind.

'Evolution Right Now Is in the Marketplace'

Pete Shanks | Posted 11.12.2014 | Science
Pete Shanks

George Church -- professor at Harvard and MIT, multifaceted researcher, entrepreneur, author and advocate of open-access genomics -- gives good quotation. The latest publication to exploit this is The Economist, which just ran a feature about him called "Welcome to my genome," which includes some of Church's predictions for human genetic modification.

Blacks and Whites Aren't Having the Same Conversation on Race

Dale Hansen | Posted 11.12.2014 | Politics
Dale Hansen

On one side of this discussion are those who are holding up the shooting of Michael Brown as an example of the racial inequality in this country and in the justice system in particular. On the other side of this discussion are those who see racism as a hoax to be disproved.

Let's Have an Honest Discussion About Latino Equality

Robert Caruso | Posted 11.11.2014 | Latino Voices
Robert Caruso

True equality is a fleeting concept in today's media environment. As a Puerto Rican, I am reminded of this daily. We're quick to preach about diversity, but do little to actually live it. As a culture, we can do without othering from within.

World Bank Group's For-profit Health Investments Fail to Reduce Inequality in Access to Health Care

Raymond C. Offenheiser | Posted 11.10.2014 | Impact
Raymond C. Offenheiser

The IFC's Health in Africa initiative is supposed to be reviewed this year. A tangible result will be a commitment from the Bank in the next few weeks to re-evaluate it under the prism of the Bank's corporate goals and focus on universal health coverage.

Fed Up With Inequality? Six Policies for a Fair and Inclusive Society

John A. Powell | Posted 11.09.2014 | Politics
John A. Powell

While discouraging, it is important for Americans to understand that inequality is not the inevitable side effect of capitalism. Public policy can help to reduce inequality and address poverty without slowing U.S. economic growth.

The Downside to Lower Labor Costs in the Sharing Economy

Maureen Conway | Posted 11.08.2014 | Business
Maureen Conway

In this country, we believe in the value of work. The American ideal is that if you work hard and save then you should be able to pay your bills and take care of yourself and your family. In other words, you should not be poor.

Why You Have Every Right To Demand A Raise, In 1 Chart

The Huffington Post | Mark Gongloff | Posted 09.05.2014 | Business

If you ever get to wondering why roughly half of America thinks we're still in a recession five years into the recovery, and after one of the longest ...

What the Michael Brown Case Tells Us About Women, Fear, and Black Males

Eternity E Martis | Posted 11.01.2014 | Black Voices
Eternity E Martis

In our daily interactions with news and pop culture as well as anti-racist movements and protests, Black men become the representation of violence in America. However, Black women seem to fade into the background, as do the women who have raised them, cared for them, and loved them.

Los Angeles Proposes A Higher Minimum Wage

Manuel Pastor | Posted 11.02.2014 | Los Angeles
Manuel Pastor

Why the muted effects on employment? Interestingly, what used to be a staple of traditional economics -- that minimum wage hikes trigger job cutbacks -- has found increasingly less evidence in the field.

The Spirit That Drove Us to Civil War Is Back

Andy Schmookler | Posted 11.02.2014 | Politics
Andy Schmookler

It's like facial recognition technology: if the features match up, you conclude, "It's the same guy." So it is with the match between the force that drove us to Civil War more than a century and a half ago, and the force that has taken over the Republican Party in our times.

If You Want to See Inequality in the U.S. at Its Worst, Visit an Impound Lot

David Sheff | Posted 10.28.2014 | Politics
David Sheff

For millions of Americans a towed car can lead to a crippling spiral of stress, debt, joblessness, illness and, in many cases, incarceration. On a re...

Republicans Won't 'Go Libertarian' -- Here's Why

Sean McElwee | Posted 10.29.2014 | Politics
Sean McElwee

The questionable premise, forwarded most recently by Robert Draper and Emily Ekins, is that the Republican Party could sweep up millennials, who are "socially liberal" and "economically conservative," by adopting a more libertarian message.

Labor Day Reality: A Broad Middle Class Requires Strong Unions

Robert L. Borosage | Posted 10.29.2014 | Politics
Robert L. Borosage

Workers are struggling to stay afloat. Incomes haven't gone up in the 21st century. Inequality reaches new extremes. A record portion of our national income goes to corporate profits, while a record low goes into workers' wages. Three-fourths of Americans fear their children will fare less well than they have. This Labor Day, we should do more than celebrate workers -- we should understand how vital empowering workers and reviving worker unions is to rebuilding a broad middle class. The raging debate on inequality and its remedies often omits discussion of unions and workers' power. Our extreme inequality is attributed largely to globalization and technology that have transformed our economy. But this leaves power and politics out of the equation.

Five Signs We're Not A 'Post-Racial' Society

Sean McElwee | Posted 10.29.2014 | Politics
Sean McElwee

It's impossible to delineate every way race affects us every day, but a cursory examination of major structural racial problems can give us a feeling for how far we still have to go.

Talking to My White Child About Race

Sarah MacLaughlin, LSW | Posted 10.29.2014 | Parents
Sarah MacLaughlin, LSW

"Mommy," he piped up from the back seat in his sweet little voice, "I don't like people who have different skin color than mine." My brain sort of froze, but I stayed on the road as I gulped in discomfort.

Why Fight for Unions? So We Can Fight an Economy Rigged Against Us

Dave Johnson | Posted 10.29.2014 | Business
Dave Johnson

This misclassification game is just one way that big companies have been rigging the rules to give themselves an edge, getting around what We the People set down for our democracy. The result, of course, is even more people paid even less with even worse working conditions.

Fight or Flight for Recognition

Michael LaMasa | Posted 10.28.2014 | Gay Voices
Michael LaMasa

Yes, here in New York or in Maine or in Massachusetts we see you. But you deserve to be seen where you live. Stay. Stand up. Provide those around you with the opportunity to see you and allow them the opportunity to change.