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Wealth Redistribution

The Regulatory State Benefits the Wealthy, Part Two

James Peron | Posted 05.11.2016 | Politics
James Peron

There are wealth redistributions favoring the poor, but it would appear most wealth redistribution is an upward phenomenon. In other words, when markets are politicized the beneficiaries will be the rich and powerful, not poor and powerless.

The Regulatory State Benefits the Wealthy, Part One

James Peron | Posted 04.28.2016 | Politics
James Peron

While some inequality is the result of entrepreneurial skill, innovation and productivity, much is the result of government interventions redistributing wealth up the pyramid.

We're Experiencing the Greatest Reshuffling of Income Since the Industrial Revolution

Branko Milanovic | Posted 07.22.2016 | World
Branko Milanovic

The period from the fall of the Berlin Wall to today is characterized by the rebalancing of the relative income positions of Asia and the West and the emergence of the "global middle class."

God Is A Commie And Pope Francis Is A Socialist

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 05.14.2014 | Religion

Stephen Colbert came to some shocking conclusions about the Pope on Tuesday's Colbert Report. Pope Francis has focused on poverty as one of the wor...

The Marx Brothers? Pope Francis and Thomas Piketty Both Want to Redistribute Wealth

Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite | Posted 07.11.2014 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite

What does it mean when the world hears the same message from the Catholic Pontiff and a French economist?

Redistribution: The 'R' Word

Ron Davis | Posted 02.10.2014 | Politics
Ron Davis

The President has announced that he wants to tackle inequality and the lack of upward mobility for poor Americans. He has many ideas for doing so, and many involve redistribution. But he smartly avoids mentioning the "R" word.

Wealth Taxes to Cure Inequality? How About Tax Reform Instead.

Joseph J. Thorndike | Posted 09.23.2013 | Politics
Joseph J. Thorndike

What are the prospects for a new federal tax on wealth? Pretty good, if you think surging inequality will trigger a populist revolt. But not so good i...

Unite the Classes, March on the Lobbyists

C. Robert Gibson | Posted 07.23.2013 | Politics
C. Robert Gibson

We have to learn to set aside our pet issues like gun control and abortion, which are only used by the media and the politicians to keep people divided.

Krugman: Conservatives 'Don't Actually Believe In Any Rules At All'

Posted 03.25.2013 | Business

Paul Krugman is getting a bit fed up with all of this “right-wing huffiness.” The Nobel Prize-winning economist and New York Times columnist c...

Life's Race: Thoughts From A Sociologist On Election Day Eve

Jordan Colosi | Posted 01.05.2013 | Religion
Jordan Colosi

Some people -- some children -- are born at the starting line without shoes, without warm-up pants, and without a nice bowl of pasta-carbs and a bed to sleep on the night before.

Joe the Plumber, We Miss You!

Sam Pizzigati | Posted 12.23.2012 | Politics
Sam Pizzigati

Joe the Plumber and other fans of great fortune don't have much problem with this huge accumulation of wealth at America's economic summit. What about the rest of us? Should we be concerned?

Policy and Prowess: Did Ancient Humans Diss the 47%?

Wray Herbert | Posted 12.12.2012 | Science
Wray Herbert

We may debate civilly and settle our differences in the voting booth, but is it possible that physical prowess still shapes our positions on this fundamental social issue?

Obama In 1998: 'I Believe In Redistribution' [UPDATE]

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 09.23.2012 | Business

It turns out Mitt Romney isn’t the only presidential candidate to have a video leak this week. Fresh on the heels of Romney’s leaked campaign f...

Dave Ramsey's Deism And The Economics Of Jubilee

David J. Dunn, PhD | Posted 01.31.2012 | Religion
David J. Dunn, PhD

Though Christian financial "guru" Dave Ramsey claims not to understand Occupy Wall Street, he does know why protesters want to raise taxes on the wealthy: We are sinners. "At the core of this demand," he says, "is envy."

Income Inequality Is the Achilles Heel in the GOP Strategy to Demonize Occupy Wall Street

Mitchell Bard | Posted 12.25.2011 | Politics
Mitchell Bard

Give Rick Perry credit for his honesty. He just articulated out loud what is the accepted dogma of the modern Tea Party-owned Republican party, completely dedicated to protecting the wealthy and corporations on the backs of the (rapidly shrinking) middle class.

How Politics Makes the Market, Altering the Gap Between Rich and Poor

Nathan Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nathan Kelly

One of the favorite arguments from the right is that inequality is really awful, but it's out of our hands. Not really.

Catfood Commission Dead: Thank God

Jonathan Tasini | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jonathan Tasini

There is no debt or deficit crisis. There are just foolish statements being made about the debt-deficit "crisis".

What Does a Vote for a GOP Candidate in November Really Mean?

Mitchell Bard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mitchell Bard

A vote for the GOP in November will be a vote for the richest one percent of the country at the expense of the rest of us. And it will be a vote for the kind of fear that we, as a country, would eventually come to regret.

Krugman's Takedown of Ryan Demonstrates How Conservatives Are at War With the Middle Class

Mitchell Bard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mitchell Bard

Beginning with the Reagan administration, and reaching its fullest realization under George W. Bush, conservatives have systematically been acting to redistribute wealth from the middle class upward.

Republicans in the House Are Behaving Like the Collapse of Bush's Policies Never Happened

Mitchell Bard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mitchell Bard

While Republicans are free to oppose Obama's solutions to the financial mess if they think they have better ideas, merely advocating the old failed policies should not be tolerated.

A Red President?

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

The American economic sacred cow is that laissez faire wealth is tantamount to a divine right of kings, and any attempt to touch it is economic heresy.

Milton Friedman, Socialist

Rob Warden | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rob Warden

f John McCain or Sarah Palin had written Milton Friedman's obit in 2006, would they have vilified the Nobel laureate economist widely regaled as the father of modern conservatism as some kind of anti-capitalist?