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Thomas Piketty and Capitalism Beyond the 21st Century

Harlan Green | Posted 06.09.2014 | Business
Harlan Green

Thomas Piketty's Capital in the 21st Century is about more than proving that wealth inequality built up over centuries under so-called free market capitalism, or its social democratic versions in Europe, has to be its natural state.

Christians Preach Fairness But Practice Oppression

Nigel Barber | Posted 05.13.2013 | World
Nigel Barber

Religious people focus on an afterlife where the problems of inequality, injustice, and exploitation magically vaporize. This otherworldly perspective does nothing to put food on the table for hungry people but fobs them off with unverifiable promises to be delivered after death.

President Obama's Record Achievements

Harlan Green | Posted 12.23.2012 | Politics
Harlan Green

Why so many doubters of the President Obama's record? Candidate Romney would have us believe Obama has accomplished nothing, but in fact President Obama has one of the most history making legislative records since FDR.

Greater Equality = Greater Democracy

Harlan Green | Posted 03.19.2012 | Business
Harlan Green

The evidence now shows the necessity for greater income equality if we want greater peace and prosperity within our own country, as well as a shared peace and prosperity with other countries.

Tax Loophole Users, Companies with Negative Tax Rates, Exacerbating US Income Inequality

Michael Shank | Posted 01.16.2012 | Business
Michael Shank

The fact that companies are paying no taxes when America's working families are still struggling to winter what Fed Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke continues to recognize as a failed or failing recovery is a prime example of what is exacerbating income inequality in America.

Wall Street Protesters Have a Point: Inequality

Nigel Barber | Posted 12.20.2011 | Politics
Nigel Barber

Occupy Wall Street protesters may have a diffuse agenda for change but they are upset about the same problem -- unequal distribution of income that is dragging our society down.

'The Spirit Level': Why The American Service Sector Is All About Servitude

Kate Pickett | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Kate Pickett

During all my adult years living in the USA, I had enjoyed American service, without linking it to servitude. But why do we need to be served so deferentially?