I would like to encourage more women, and especially more feminists, to pick up Piketty's tome and give it a read. It's a good book and what you learn may be quite important for your and your children's economic future.
A new book that's the talk of academia and the media shows that two-thirds of America's increase in income inequality over the past four decades is the result of steep raises given to the country's highest earners.
The stories sound incredible, but they're true. Too many local governments think the homeless should just go away and stop depressing everyone with their mere presence. Or at least find another town to live in.
I thought of Russell Conwell's bizarre nineteenth-century theological glorification of wealth this past week when the Supreme Court removed one of the last remaining limits on the amount of money wealthy donors could spend in political campaigns.
We knew before the meeting that economic inequality would be a topic of discussion, and afterwards we were told it was part of the conversation. Yet, I'm pretty certain that the elephant in the room was not discussed.
What does it mean to be wealthy? If I asked a few hundred people that question, I'm likely to get a few hundred different responses. Why, because our definition of wealth is very personal and situational.
At a time when country boundaries are hardening, creating challenges for multilateral and civil society organizations to fulfill their missions, there is good news. The private sector is growing in consciousness as it goes global in a shrinking world.
Thomas Piketty's new book on the history and future of capitalism is a bold attempt to pick up where Marx left off and correct what he got wrong. While there is much that is useful in this lengthy and well-written book, it owes too much to the master, and not in a good way.
My non-consumerism relies heavily on the community I live in. If I were in more of a low income area, my food shopping options would likely be limited, and our safety would not be a given. I have opportunities that many other Americans do not.