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Economic Inequality

American Inequality: Ticking Time Bomb

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 04.17.2014 | Politics
Howard Steven Friedman

Americans are more generally accepting of these higher degrees of income and wealth inequality because of their staunch faith that American society is more of a meritocracy than other countries. This faith is woefully undermined by the data.

America by the Numbers: Part I

Dave Pruett | Posted 04.15.2014 | Religion
Dave Pruett

Our bridges are collapsing, our highways and railways are crumbling, and our schools are failing because too much money that should go into education and infrastructure continues to finance the implements of war.

Faith Leaders Are Standing With Workers to Confront Economic Injustice

Camille Rivera | Posted 04.07.2014 | New York
Camille Rivera

Faith leaders understand that grave economic injustices can no longer be allowed to continue, because they tear apart the fabric of our society.

Why Aren't Americans Taking to the Streets Over Economic Inequality?

Erica Abeel | Posted 04.04.2014 | Entertainment
Erica Abeel

Inequality for All goes a long way in bringing viewers up to snuff on the country's dominant issue. Unfortunately, Kornbluth's film lacks the urgency and passion of Charles Ferguson's masterwork Inside Job. Or the work of other great documentarians, such as Alex Gibney and Erroll Morris. You want Inequality to be angrier.

What Buying Signs From the Homeless Has Taught Me About Home

Oral Fixation | Posted 04.03.2014 | Arts
Oral Fixation

In 1993, I began buying and collecting these signs. Like many of my ideas, it was born out of frustration, and I didn't know where it would lead me.

Is the Marriage Gap Driving Inequality? David Blankenhorn Interviews Lawrence Mead

Rev. Amy Ziettlow | Posted 03.31.2014 | Politics
Rev. Amy Ziettlow

Marriage has become a profound, if paradoxical, bell weather of our culture; for 21st century Americans it seems that marriage is at the same time both indispensable and disposable, acclaimed by all and unachievable by a majority. Discerning why this is so requires honest and patient conversation.

Innate Intelligence: The 800-Pound Non-Sequitur

Michael Rugnetta | Posted 03.17.2014 | Education
Michael Rugnetta

The new SAT is going to be more transparent about what it tests and how you can practice for it. This is a good thing.

Saving the Appearances: Long Live the SAT

Susan D. Blum | Posted 03.07.2014 | College
Susan D. Blum

The SAT would again be transformed. Back to the old 1600 score. No more obscure vocabulary. No specialized math. No penalties for wrong guesses.

Liberals Face a Hard Day's Knight?

Michael Winship | Posted 02.26.2014 | Politics
Michael Winship

If Hillary Clinton decides not to run, a strong progressive candidate could emerge for 2016, although doomsayers point to the failed candidacies of liberals George McGovern in 1972 and Walter Mondale in 1984. One hope for Democrats is that, like the old joke about the two curmudgeonly brothers, the other one is worse.

Inequality on Campus

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 02.23.2014 | College
Lawrence Wittner

Some of the nation's poorest people work at higher educational institutions, and many of them are members of the faculty. Oh, yes, there are still faculty members who receive comfortable middle class salaries. But most faculty do not.

Income Inequality Is Even Worse In Big Cities: Study

The Huffington Post | Mark Gongloff | Posted 02.24.2014 | Business

There are lots of great things about living in a big city, but there are downsides, too, like garbage mountains, bottomless potholes and a yawning gul...

Perpetuating Inequality in the Workplace

Mehroz Baig | Posted 04.14.2014 | Business
Mehroz Baig

The issue at hand with employment is not explicit racism and discrimination, but the evolution of our systems in such a way that inequality perpetuates itself subversively.

Patriotism Is for Suckers

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 04.11.2014 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

Patriotism and sacrifice are supposed to be shared among the members of a nation. It's supposed to mean something to be part of a national community, whether one is born into it or adopts it after immigrating to a new land. It's supposed to be about joining a family.

Jamie Dimon's Big Pay Raise -- and the Minimum Wage

Robert Creamer | Posted 04.06.2014 | Politics
Robert Creamer

Last week JPMorgan Chase's Board approved a 74 percent pay raise for its CEO, Jamie Dimon, for 2013. Sometimes we get numb to numbers like $20 million. To put it in perspective, in 2013, Dimon made $9,615 per hour. In other words, he made more in the first two hours of the first workday of the year than a minimum-wage worker made all year long.

Kathleen Miles

California Considers Highest Minimum Wage Of Any State

HuffingtonPost.com | Kathleen Miles | Posted 02.04.2014 | Business

California may soon require the highest minimum wage of any U.S. state. State Sen. Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) introduced a bill Monday to raise th...

Watch: David Simon on America as a Horror Show

Bill Moyers | Posted 04.05.2014 | Politics
Bill Moyers

After President Barack Obama's annual State of the Union address, it's a reality check from someone who artfully uses television drama to report on the state of America from an entirely different perspective -- the bottom up.

How the Banking Industry Can Help Combat Economic Inequality

Dedrick Muhammad | Posted 04.05.2014 | Black Voices
Dedrick Muhammad

Growing income inequality continues to weaken the American middle class and stagnant wages, low wage jobs replacing those with livable wages and fewer government investments compromise the ideals that make this country strong.

Transcending the Tension Between Climate Change and Inequality

John Fullerton | Posted 03.31.2014 | Green
John Fullerton

The tension can be simplified into a question: Is inequality more important or is climate change more important?

It's About Time, and Long Overdue

Darryl Woodard | Posted 04.01.2014 | Politics
Darryl Woodard

"I ask you to ensure that humanity is served by wealth and not ruined by it." -- Pope Francis message to the World Economic Forum Meeting 2014 The Wo...

A New War On Inequality

Carla Thompson | Posted 04.01.2014 | Education
Carla Thompson

For far too long, some political leaders have looked at education and economic inequality as two disconnected factors that keep children and families from achieving the elusive American dream.

Elizabeth Warren Explains Why Income Inequality Has Gone Up Under Obama

The Huffington Post | Posted 01.30.2014 | Politics

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) recently stopped by HuffPost Live to talk about economic policy. See what she had to say about income inequality in th...

Tonight's State of the Union Should Also Offer Economic Opportunity for People With Drug Law Felonies

Alexsandra Smith | Posted 03.30.2014 | Politics
Alexsandra Smith

As it stands today, felony drug offenders face significant obstacles to joining the economy.

My Journey Into America's Divide

Annabel Park | Posted 03.28.2014 | Politics
Annabel Park

I worried that we were going to slide into deeper economic turmoil and perhaps even violence. I feared that our division was aiding a gradual slide into plutocracy -- governance by the elite, the super wealthy. In other words, we were being divided and conquered.

Power of Message: Starts With a Mirror

Matthew Dowd | Posted 03.25.2014 | Media
Matthew Dowd

I am hopeful that leaders will emerge who see the example of the pope and understand the greatest capacity for change first exists in ourselves and as that change occurs, starting with how leaders live, then motivating others will become much easier and more effective.

Proof Jesus Was Not a Capitalist: The Richest 1 Percent Own Half the World's Wealth

Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite | Posted 03.25.2014 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite

God's rules on economics, as articulated both by the prophets and Jesus of Nazareth, are strikingly clear.