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Poverty Is Profitable: 1 out of 3 US Consumers in Debt Collection

Peter Van Buren | Posted 07.29.2014 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

A new report by the Urban Institute and Encore Capital Group's Consumer Credit Research Institute shows 77 million Americans -- 35 percent of those with files at a major credit bureau -- have a debt in collection. But as you can expect, there is always someone profiting from poverty.

United Airlines' Outsourcing Jobs to Company That Pays Near-Poverty Wages Is Shameful

Robert Creamer | Posted 07.22.2014 | Politics
Robert Creamer

The "market" may be a fine way to price corn or beans, but by itself it is not an appropriate way to price wages. That's because people are not commodities. Their well-being is the point of the economy. Everyone who works for a living deserves a living wage.

Detroit Water Crisis: The Dangers of Putting Profits Before People

Reverend Charles E. Williams II | Posted 07.17.2014 | Detroit
Reverend Charles E. Williams II

We celebrate this year, 50 years since the signing of a Civil Rights bill that gave Blacks access to public accommodations that were segregated by race. Now, 50 years later we are marching to maintain public services that are human rights, but being segregated by class.

What the World Cup Can Teach Progressives About Corruption

Walden Bello | Posted 07.16.2014 | World
Walden Bello

Apart from passionate support for their national sports teams, hatred of government corruption and "crony capitalism" is one of the few issues that unite all social groups in developing countries.

Zach Carter

Warren's Mortgage Reforms Divide Progressives

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 07.14.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is dividing Wall Street critics in Congress by leading talks regarding a controversial Fannie Mae and Fr...

No Immunity

Jack Schimmelman | Posted 07.07.2014 | Politics
Jack Schimmelman

Whenever I hear an American Jew like myself lament the killings of innocent Israelis, especially in occupied territories, I want to tell them this story. I want to say to Hal and all of my other "cousins," you want to stop the hatred? Well, start with yourself.

Noisy Neighbors

Paul Stoller | Posted 07.02.2014 | Arts
Paul Stoller

The messages that films evoke say a great deal about the current state of our society. In recent years summer films have highlighted fantasy and rive...

Who Do Americans Hate During Economic Downtimes? It's Not Who You Think

Daniel Cubias | Posted 06.26.2014 | Latino Voices
Daniel Cubias

On top of devastating the country, wiping out many people's savings, and increasing the obscene gap between the wealthy and the rest of us, the Great Recession may have had the side effect of increasing racial tension.

Real Business Leaders Want to Save Capitalism

Robert Reich | Posted 06.19.2014 | Business
Robert Reich

A few weeks ago I was visited in my office by the chairman of one of the country's biggest high-tech firms who wanted to talk about the causes and consequences of widening inequality and the shrinking middle class, and what to do about it.

Class Warfare: The 2014 Election

Bob Burnett | Posted 06.06.2014 | Politics
Bob Burnett

Rather than focus on jobs, the 1 percent are attempting to turn the 2014 election into a referendum on President Obama.

Alarming Housing Forecast Matters to All of Us

Tino Diaz | Posted 06.03.2014 | Business
Tino Diaz

Lost in the constant and unending stream of national headlines last week was a troubling bit of economic news that could negatively impact each and every one of us.

How to Succeed in Business: the First Steps

Jack Nadel | Posted 05.30.2014 | Small Business
Jack Nadel

I'll begin where the majority of successful entrepreneurs begin--"follow your passion." It may be a shopworn phrase, but this advice is as valid today for how to succeed in business as it was a hundred years ago, and it has certainly proven true for me.

What Made America Famous

Rep. Alan Grayson | Posted 07.17.2014 | Politics
Rep. Alan Grayson

Many Americans believe that the top one percent is responsible for the rising tide of inequality in America, which is swamping and drowning the other 99 percent. Professor Emmanuel Saez of the University of California at Berkeley says that they are wrong.

Report: Biden Dings Clinton At Closed-Door Fundraiser

The Huffington Post | Chris Gentilviso | Posted 05.10.2014 | Politics

Vice President Joe Biden reportedly came out firing against Bill Clinton's presidency in a Friday closed-door fundraiser. CNN reported Saturday tha...

Why Fortgang was Wrong: How Culture, Privilege and Income Intersect

Rahfin Faruk | Posted 07.07.2014 | College
Rahfin Faruk

Tal Fortgang, a first year at Princeton, ignited a firestorm when he said, privilege is not race-based but culture-based.

'Inclusive Growth' is Doublespeak. Here Are Three Ways to Really Achieve It

Chandran Nair | Posted 07.08.2014 | World
Chandran Nair

For anyone who cares to look, it will be obvious that the current Western model of economic growth, which has been adopted the world over, depends in no small part on excluding the majority in order to create wealth for a few. This has been the case since the colonial era. The same exclusion that was once practiced by the East India Company is now practiced on Wall Street and its excesses are accepted as part of the system by far too many governments. Developed world politicians, however, are all too happy to "include" others in the world economy by outsourcing them cheap and dirty jobs or polluting industries.

When Greater Efficiency Becomes Inefficient

Renny McPherson | Posted 07.06.2014 | Business
Renny McPherson

There's a mystery lurking at the heart of the American labor market that is confounding today's managers and leaders. The U.S. workforce is more efficient than ever, with productivity rising 102 percent from 1970-2012.

Reasons Given for Economic Inequality Are Meritless

Steve Siebold | Posted 06.30.2014 | Politics
Steve Siebold

Americans agree economic inequality has grown, but don't agree on why. That's according to a new Pew Research article that gives varying reasons. A closer look into what those polled on the issue said reveals these are more excuses rather than reasons.

For the First Time, More Latin Americans Are Middle Class Than Poor

Jim Yong Kim | Posted 06.30.2014 | World
Jim Yong Kim

Over the past decade, Latin America and the Caribbean have made tremendous progress in reducing poverty and in boosting shared prosperity. Poverty has fallen by half to 12.3 percent. The middle class -- currently 34 percent of the population -- is growing. Meanwhile, inequality in Latin America -- historically the world's highest -- has fallen, even as it rises in practically every other part of the globe. For the first time, the number of people in the middle class surpasses those living in poverty.

What the Mayor's Housing Plan Should Include and Why

Jumaane D. Williams | Posted 06.30.2014 | New York
Jumaane D. Williams

New York City funnels billions of dollars annually into the growth and enrichment of our city. It is time we dedicate our resources to building housing that is truly affordable, for all.

Preserving the 'Working Class' Identity

Joseph A. McCartin | Posted 06.29.2014 | DC
Joseph A. McCartin

Many Americans don't like to acknowledge the existence of a working class. In such an environment, the preservation of working class identity and labor culture requires conscious, intentional effort.

America -- The Land of Opportunity?

Bill Ayres | Posted 06.25.2014 | Business
Bill Ayres

I am more determined than ever to help build the growing movement for economic justice that is at the heart of the real American dream.

How Income Inequality Is Affecting Most American Families

The New York Times | Posted 04.25.2014 | Impact

The American middle class, long the most affluent in the world, has lost that distinction. While the wealthiest Americans are outpacing many of the...

Consensus On Inequality: So What's the Plan?

Raymond C. Offenheiser | Posted 06.24.2014 | Impact
Raymond C. Offenheiser

What's becoming clear is that in today's global financial system the rules are rigged in favor of the very rich, and hard working poor families around the globe are finding it impossible to make ends meet.

The New Deal is Dead. Long Live the Raw Deal

Brian Ross | Posted 06.24.2014 | Politics
Brian Ross

The New Deal is dead. Long live the Raw Deal! The far Right white one percent are using the psychology of disenfranchisement that they leveled against...