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Economic Inequality

The Richest 1 Percent of Americans Control 40 Percent of the Nation's Awesomeness

Galanty Miller | Posted 10.15.2014 | Comedy
Galanty Miller

One day we'll all be dead. And in heaven, everyone has a shitload of money. But for now, it's important that rich people acknowledge their mental deficiency. It will make the rest of our lives much easier. Or maybe Donald Trump is just naturally dumb?

Hiding in Plain Sight: Disaggregating Data to Address the Racial Divide in Education

Ben Hecht | Posted 10.14.2014 | Impact
Ben Hecht

Changing complex education systems is no easy feat. It requires patience, humility, and a willingness to honestly and openly acknowledge "what is" in order to work towards "what could be."

WATCH: Restoring an America That Has Lost Its Way

Bill Moyers | Posted 10.14.2014 | Politics
Bill Moyers

Author Bob Herbert found an America in which jobs have disappeared, infrastructure is falling apart and the "virtuous cycle" of well-paid workers spending their wages to power the economy has been broken by greed and the gap between the very rich and everyone else.

Key Inequality Measure The Highest Since The Great Depression

The Huffington Post | Mark Gongloff | Posted 10.15.2014 | Business

You know inequality is getting bad when it's making a Swiss bank uncomfortable. The ratio of wealth to household income in the U.S., a measure of i...

How Laissez-Faire Economics Led to Inequality and Recession

Jeff Madrick | Posted 10.15.2014 | World
Jeff Madrick

The reaction of the economic mainstream to the inflationary turmoil of the 1970s was to retreat to an ideological interpretation of their fundamental ideas -- a doctrinaire reinforcement of laissez-faire economics.

Teach Your Kids How to Become Rich

Steve Siebold | Posted 10.10.2014 | Business
Steve Siebold

Even parents who have not been the most financially successful can set an example by continuing to try and teach their kids about failure and success.

Ebola Is an Inequality Crisis

Jim Wallis | Posted 10.10.2014 | Religion
Jim Wallis

So fighting Ebola means much more than simply sending funding, medicine, and personnel to West Africa to contain the outbreak. This new epidemic should re-focus us on reducing the inequality between the global North and the global South that allows crises like this one to keep happening in the developing world. We need to remain committed to dramatically reducing extreme poverty and hunger, supporting a healthy civil society in developing nations, and helping to build the long-term infrastructure that will allow the global South to effectively combat and contain future epidemics.The Ebola crisis should be an opportunity to renew and revitalize our commitment to ending massive inequality.

Hong Kong: The Future of People Power?

John Feffer | Posted 10.09.2014 | World
John Feffer

If as a result Hong Kong can democratize its institutions and equalize its economic success, the city can point the way for the country as a whole.

S4S Celebrates a Wonderful Team -- A Tribute to Grace Bennett

Alyssa Ramos-Reynoso | Posted 10.07.2014 | Impact
Alyssa Ramos-Reynoso

In only one year, Schools for Sustainability (S4S) has cultivated a beautifully dynamic team. We honor diversity as we attract support from members ...

America's Ridiculously Rich: The 2014 Edition

Sam Pizzigati | Posted 10.06.2014 | Business
Sam Pizzigati

America's top 400, Forbes revealed last week, now hold a combined net worth of $2.29 trillion. That places the average Forbes 400 fortune at $5.7 billion, an all-time record high.

Can Seattle Afford to Pay a Premium Minimum Wage?

Timothy J. Barnett | Posted 10.03.2014 | Politics
Timothy J. Barnett

With so many business-hub communities surrounding Seattle (more than a dozen not counting bedroom communities), residents desiring low-cost local services do not have to drive far to find businesses not constrained by the new minimum wage.

Why an Unequal Planet Can Never Be Green

Sam Pizzigati | Posted 10.01.2014 | Politics
Sam Pizzigati

Over recent decades, analysts and activists have made all sorts of links between the increasing degradation of our global environment and the increasing concentration of our global wealth.

Your Opportunity to Prevent Another Ferguson

Ama Yawson | Posted 10.01.2014 | Impact
Ama Yawson

It has been nearly two months since the shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown and the beginning of the uprising that the murder triggered. Most social critics have observed that the uprising was not simply about racism and police brutality.

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 ...

Angry White Men on the Right

Andy Schmookler | Posted 09.18.2014 | Politics
Andy Schmookler

The Republican Party, as the instrument of the forces of corporatist oligarchy, has had a major hand (more so than the Democrats) in injuring the economic prospects of these men. But the ways these injuries have been inflicted are more hidden than the social revolutions that toppled the old order of automatic superiority.

Inequality, Nick Hanauer and the Patriot's Moral Code

Timothy J. Barnett | Posted 09.17.2014 | 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.

Do Health Care Costs Fuel Economic Inequality in the United States?

David Blumenthal | Posted 09.16.2014 | Politics
David Blumenthal

From the perspective of the more than 150 million Americans, health care costs may, in fact, be widening inequality. When health insurance premiums go up, employers may reduce take-home pay to keep overall compensation in check.

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

Raymond C. Offenheiser | Posted 09.11.2014 | 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.

Democracy Matters

Jay Mandle | Posted 09.09.2014 | Politics
Jay Mandle

Obviously, those of us who want to reverse the trend and achieve a more egalitarian America face a formidable challenge: how to reduce the political dominance of the super-rich at a time when they continue to use their wealth to enhance their political clout.

Watch: Elizabeth Warren On Fighting Back Against Wall Street Giants

Bill Moyers | Posted 09.08.2014 | Politics
Bill Moyers

An expert on how Wall Street and the banking industry are destroying the middle class, Senator Warren has put that knowledge to powerful use on Capitol Hill, rapidly becoming the most authoritative and articulate voice of the Democratic Party's progressive wing. Many are urging her to run for president.

America's Widening Wealth Gap Is 'Unsustainable'

Reuters | Posted 09.08.2014 | Business

BOSTON, Sept 8 (Reuters) - The widening gap between America's wealthiest and its middle and lower classes is "unsustainable", but is unlikely to impro...

Politicians Show Their Gratitude Where It Count$

Bill Moyers | Posted 09.03.2014 | Politics
Bill Moyers

There shall be eternal summer in the grateful heart, a poet wrote, and as this year's summer winds toward its end and elections approach, gratitude is indeed what our politicians have flowing from that space where their hearts should be.

This Labor Day Let's Rethink the Texas Miracle

Cristina Tzintzún | Posted 08.29.2014 | Politics
Cristina Tzintzún

We are facing a crisis. Deregulation has created a system in which workers are treated as disposable tools, easily replaced when they break. While the numbers may show job creation, the reality on the ground tells a story of individuals in dire situations.

Economic Forces Are Mightier Than the Sword

Jack Nadel | Posted 08.29.2014 | Small Business
Jack Nadel

We should do more to help potential entrepreneurs in places where domestic economies are too weak to assist. If we give this effort a higher priority in our country's foreign policy, we can create a healthier balance of world commerce.

Working Americans Can't Just Wait for the Next President

Larry Cohen | Posted 08.27.2014 | Politics
Larry Cohen

We tried waiting and hoping for real change six years ago. Today, income inequality grows steadily worse, while economic opportunity is out of reach for most. This Labor Day I will look forward to a warm summer day, but I'm also dreaming of the movement we can build.