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How To Take Back Democracy On November 4th

Sean McElwee | Posted 10.31.2014 | Politics
Sean McElwee

he fight against inequality will be a long one, but the first step is turning out to vote -- the most radical step one can take in our country is actually believing democracy is more than just an idea.

The Ballot Box Is the Great Equalizer for Workers

James P. Hoffa | Posted 10.31.2014 | Politics
James P. Hoffa

American workers are facing significant challenges. Whether it's low pay, a system that favors corporations over citizens, a gender wage gap, the effects of unfair trade or a voting system that hampers the most disadvantaged among us, these problems are real. But will those affected the most bother to do something about it?

How Rich Are the 400 Richest Americans and How Do They Use Their Money?

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 10.27.2014 | Money
Lawrence Wittner

Not surprisingly, economic inequality is growing in the United States. From 1978 to 2013, CEO compensation, inflation-adjusted, grew by 937 percent, while the typical worker's compensation over that same period grew by only 10 percent.

Early Influences Can Open Up the Future

Jack Nadel | Posted 10.24.2014 | Small Business
Jack Nadel

Entrepreneurs not only provide us with critical innovation and keep us at the forefront of global markets, they also create ways to gain financial independence. So why has the percentage of start-ups in the U.S. dropped significantly in the last 35 years?

Income Inequality Got You Down? Do Something About It!

Steve Siebold | Posted 10.23.2014 | Small Business
Steve Siebold

The wealthy continue to see significant income and wealth gains while the majority of people are experiencing stagnant living standards. Income inequality is one of the most significant financial stories right now, and there's no end in sight.

The Bill O'Reilly/Jon Stewart Brouhaha: Denial Is a River in the Right-Wing Mind

Andy Schmookler | Posted 10.20.2014 | Media
Andy Schmookler

People like Bill O'Reilly call upon people to raise themselves up while helping keep a foot on their necks.

Recovery of the Rich, By the Rich, For the Rich -- Recession for Everyone Else

Anthony W. Orlando | Posted 10.17.2014 | Politics
Anthony W. Orlando

Officially, the recession ended five years ago. But there's something the financial newscasters don't tell you: Unless you're rich, those numbers don't apply to you.

Do The Hustle: Payday Lenders and Their Victims Dancing To Lose

Lillian D. Singh | Posted 10.20.2014 | Impact
Lillian D. Singh

Academics and industry spokespersons quibble over whether the payday customer base is really middle class or simply the working poor. Such pedantic squabbling misses the big picture. More and more families are living on the edge.

The People v. Goliath$

Paula Gordon | Posted 10.15.2014 | Politics
Paula Gordon

If money can buy elections, Montana's Senate race ended August 7 when the Democrat's candidate resigned. If a vibrant young working class candidate can corral the democratic process sufficiently, it began August 16.

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.

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.

What Would the Last 50 Years Look Like Without Rapidly Growing Inequality?

Sean McElwee | Posted 10.10.2014 | Politics
Sean McElwee

The rich won't be so easy to persuade -- in a massively unequal society, even modest economic growth still benefits economic elites. Don't worry about growth, worry about inequality.

Will the Obama Administration 'Passively' Let More Jobs Go Offshore?

Scott Paul | Posted 10.09.2014 | Politics
Scott Paul

There's an international policy matter on which the administration has been far too passive, and its inaction may be dooming the productive sector of the economy -- not to mention the American middle class -- to a fate it doesn't deserve. I can sum it up in two words: currency manipulation.

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.

On National Manufacturing Day, Congress Must Recommit Itself to Investing in a Strong Manufacturing Future

Rep. Steny Hoyer | Posted 10.03.2014 | Politics
Rep. Steny Hoyer

Americans ought to be filled with pride in our role as the world's manufacturing leader. But we cannot take that leadership for granted, as our competitors across the globe seek to lure manufacturing jobs away from our shores.

Hong Kong's Moment in History

Daniel Wagner | Posted 10.03.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

This is an important moment in history. The Hong Kong protesters must stand their ground. This is not 1989, nor is it Tiananmen Square. The people of Hong Kong represent the future of China -- not the other way around.

The Latino Agenda: Building a Strong Middle Class

Cristóbal Joshua Alex | Posted 09.30.2014 | Latino Voices
Cristóbal Joshua Alex

When lawmakers, policy experts and advocates gather this week in Washington for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute's annual policy summit, they will be discussing passing common sense immigration reform, accessing affordable health care and living in a clean environment. These are the issues that Latinos care about most.

Reagan Set Up the Death of the Middle Class, But China Was the Clincher

Dave Johnson | Posted 10.01.2014 | Business
Dave Johnson

Reagan shifted the power to the wealthy, and the wealthy used that power to escape the borders of democracy by moving production to China. And that, my friends, was that.

What Do Democrats Want?

Bob Burnett | Posted 09.26.2014 | Politics
Bob Burnett

During the 2014 midterm elections Republicans have waged a negative "slash and burn" campaign, attacking President Obama and Democrats in general. In this hostile environment, most Democrats have been defensive and their message has been muted

Five Things Christians Should Understand About Inequality

Reverend Dr. Malcolm Clemens Young | Posted 09.30.2014 | Religion
Reverend Dr. Malcolm Clemens Young

Jesus cared a great deal for the poor. Christians believe that all people are equally loved by God. However, the institutional structures that protect human dignity in our society are becoming frayed and worn.

Student Loan Debt and the Threat to American Homeownership

Garrick T. Davis | Posted 09.24.2014 | Money
Garrick T. Davis

An unsettling new normal has emerged in the wake of the Great Recession. There is an evolving relationship between student loan debt and homeownership in America. And it's not a good one.

How the Jewish New Year Can Change Our World

Rabbi Abraham Unger, Ph.D. | Posted 09.23.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Abraham Unger, Ph.D.

Jewish tradition states the world is being judged right now at this New Year. However presumptuous the claim, it's not a bad thing to have oversight.

The Economic Recovery in Black, White, and Brown

Mechele Dickerson | Posted 09.18.2014 | Politics
Mechele Dickerson

While some households and neighborhoods have recovered from the recession, most black and Latino households and neighborhoods are still waiting to recover.

What a Wonderful Day That Will Be

Lisa Longo | Posted 09.17.2014 | Politics
Lisa Longo

The real revolution happens every year on election day. And one day, I'm going to see millions of American's finally realize that we had the power all along and act accordingly. What a wonderful day that will be.

The Shrinking Middle Class of Physical Activity

Brad Stulberg | Posted 09.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Brad Stulberg

Physical activity is integral to promoting overall vitality and economic opportunity. Though they may not seem related at first blush, getting people moving physically and economically go hand in hand.