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Family Income Breakdown

Philip N. Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Philip N. Cohen

The annual income, poverty, and health insurance report comes out. At the beginning of the week, the news was that the poverty rate would jump to a r...

It's Not Just Maddow: Bill Clinton Once Called Himself a Republican

Jonathan Weiler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jonathan Weiler

The Clinton/Maddow spat is just a passing fancy. But the nature of Clinton's defense of himself says something deeply depressing about the shifting center of gravity of political discourse in an era of historically high levels of inequality.

Why the State of New York's Unions Should Concern Us All

Amy Traub | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Amy Traub

Talk to a working New Yorker, and the odds are one in four that she belongs to a union. That's a rate of union membership more than twice as high as ...

What Ever Happened to Equal Rights for Women?

Larry Flynt | Posted 05.26.2011 | Politics
Larry Flynt

A country that discriminates against half its population cannot be held up as a great democracy. That's why I'm calling for a new push for equal rights for women.

Are China and America Two Sides of the Same Coin?

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Howard Steven Friedman

I recently discussed challenges that China faces as it seeks to continue its economic growth including: (1) Wealth inequality, where a small percent o...

Next Bailout to Watch: The GOP and the Richest of the Rich

Sally Kohn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sally Kohn

CEOs of the 50 corporations that cut the most jobs over the last two years received average bonuses higher than those paid to CEOs of the largest 500 businesses. You follow that? The CEOs who cut jobs got the largest rewards.

TR's Speech 100 Years Ago: Inequality and Corporate Power

Chuck Collins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chuck Collins

Roosevelt's speech speaks powerfully to us today because we confront, a hundred years after he spoke in Osawatomie, the same concentrated wealth and power that he so feared.

Reflections on Hurricane Katrina and the Moon Landing -- the Heights and Depths of American Accomplishment

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Howard Steven Friedman

I was working in Ghana when Katrina occurred. The reaction of my Ghanaian coworker was, "America will rebuild New Orleans in no time!" He then qualified his statement: "America could rebuild New Orleans in no time, if it wanted to."

When the Rich Get Risky: Inequality and Financial Crises

Ray Brescia | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ray Brescia

One of the most striking--and perhaps most underreported--aspects of the financial crisis is reflected in one economic indicator. The chart below tra...

When Wall Street Rules, We Get Wall Street Rules

Dean Baker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Dean Baker

If the financial crisis was preventable, why didn't our leaders try to stop it? Why don't they take the steps necessary now to get the economy moving again? The answer to both these questions is simple; the politicians work for someone else.

Three Fundamental Differences Between Progressives and Conservatives, Pt. 1

Terrance Heath | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Terrance Heath

Part I of III When caught at something, it's best to come clean. I was recently caught by the Crow, who -- in a response to my earlier post about po...

The Poverty That Blights Us All

David Coates | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Coates

The gap between rich and poor is now so stark that -- unless the soothing balm of "trickle-down economics" can be applied to any thinking brain -- moral outrage ought to be the general order of the day.

Who's Afraid of the Big Black Wolf? Race and Presidential Politics

Imani Perry | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Imani Perry

To think about our "racial habits of the heart" as a private matter is to lose sight of how those habits - and the dispositions and distributions that follow from them -- impact policy.

One Economy That Works for All

Anat Shenker-Osorio | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Anat Shenker-Osorio

Our leaders have finally managed to extend unemployment benefits to the long-term jobless. A look into these numbers reveals which folks are stuck in the ICU, nowhere near the economic "recovery" some pundits are ready to declare.

Dear Mr. President: Time to Man Up

Terrance Heath | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Terrance Heath

You may start by reinstating Shirley Sherrod. She deserves that much. You may go further by admitting, as the NAACP has, that you were "snookered."

Choosing Sides in a 1930s-like Economy

Vivian Norris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Vivian Norris

If you are truly for freedom and prosperity, it must be for all humans, not just a select spoiled few. Elect people like Elizabeth Warren to office, fight for people who truly represent everyone's best interests.

Obama Perpetuates Discrimination with Kagan Pick

Morris Davis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Morris Davis

Apparently the graduates of the 196 other ABA accredited law schools other than Harvard, Columbia or Yale didn't get the "right education" to acquire "God-given potential" to serve on the nation's top court.

The Role of Race, Poverty and Equal Opportunity in Education Reform

Michael Laracy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Laracy

We must first recognize that racial inequality in our schools ultimately harms our shared national interest, and then develop a 21st century approach to learning that can address the challenges facing our schools.

If We Do Not Act, South Africa Will Fall Apart Just like Zimbabwe Has!

Bernadette Atuahene | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Bernadette Atuahene

If the U.S. and other world leaders do not intervene to help South Africa correct the skewed distribution of land, unrest will result.

Quoted Out of Context: Has This Happened to You?

Bruce Judson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Bruce Judson

By taking a quote from my book out of context, "Conservative" writers have suggested I support their views. I do not.

How Much Have You Got to Spend?

Philip N. Cohen | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Philip N. Cohen

Kids cost more for parents who have more. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has released its annual report on the cost of raising children. Using da...

The World Cup: Lessons from South Africa's Transition

Nicholas van Praag | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Nicholas van Praag

Amidst the cheers at the World Cup kick-off on Friday we should not forget the sheer power of sport in South Africa's history.

The F Word: For Poor, America's a Sinking Ship

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Flanders

Last week in New York authorities announced that at Harlem Hospital Center, the largest health facility in that historic neighborhood, doctors had fai...

Martin Luther King and War: When Truth Kills

Janet Kinosian | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Janet Kinosian

2010-04-05-MLK.jpg When Martin Luther King was gunned down on April 4, 1968 many believe those shots were a direct result of his famed Riverside Church speech "Beyond Vietnam" given exactly one year prior.

Where Does "Inequality Acceptance" Come From?

Philip N. Cohen | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Philip N. Cohen

How does "inequality acceptance" develop in homo sapiens? Amazingly, Science - the scientific journal, if not the quest for truth itself - has at las...