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Redistribution of Wealth

The Case for a Guaranteed Minimum Income

David Vognar | Posted 07.08.2014 | Politics
David Vognar

The lack of a guaranteed income floor has been a social and cultural issue that has considerably affected America. It is also a leading reason why interpersonal violence, psychological struggle and economic collapse happen.

Why Is Capital So Much Stronger than Labor?

Jared Bernstein | Posted 08.02.2014 | Business
Jared Bernstein

I don't know the answer to these questions, but my experience as a policy wonk and economist in government has led me to believe that economics, as currently practiced, is part of the problem.

Why the Current Thinking on Income Inequality Is Wrong

Keosha Varela | Posted 07.28.2014 | World
Keosha Varela

The International Monetary Fund's First Deputy Managing Director David Lipton recently spoke about the global economy at the Aspen Institute in Washington, D.C. We sat down with Lipton before the Washington Ideas Roundtables Series event, where he discussed income inequality and his big idea for addressing it at an international level.

The Promise of Redistribution

Rabbi Menachem Creditor | Posted 05.27.2014 | Politics
Rabbi Menachem Creditor

The ancient promise of a just society is a command that should ache in our hearts as we gaze upon the effects of our own political indifference. Turning away is the very worst kind of redistribution: a callous misallocation of the human capacity to do the right thing.

The Year of the Great Redistribution

Robert Reich | Posted 03.07.2014 | Politics
Robert Reich

One of the worst epithets that can be leveled at a politician these days is to call him a "redistributionist." Yet 2013 marked one of the biggest redistributions in recent American history. It was a redistribution upward, from average working people to the owners of America.

Progressive Economic Policy: Cuomo vs. de Blasio, Supply-siders vs. Demand-siders

Richard Brodsky | Posted 02.17.2014 | Politics
Richard Brodsky

De Blasio, just say "no" to the corporate welfare stuff. Use it as a way to articulate a real progressive alternative to supply-side subsidies. Call for "demand-side" economic development, where increased income to middle-income and poor people stimulates demand for products that require employers to hire people to meet that demand.

Redistribution: The 'R' Word

Ron Davis | Posted 02.10.2014 | Politics
Ron Davis

The President has announced that he wants to tackle inequality and the lack of upward mobility for poor Americans. He has many ideas for doing so, and many involve redistribution. But he smartly avoids mentioning the "R" word.

Welfare and the States

Rabah Ghezali | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Rabah Ghezali

For most Europeans, the violence of the debate over the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (otherwise known as the "Obamacare") in the United Sates seemed quite puzzling.

Why the Hell is Mississippi Republican?

Thomas White | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Thomas White

In the end, redistribution from wealthy states to poor states is one of our greatest strengths. It makes us all better. But the politicians representing those who need the most help are the very politicians fighting to cut important programs and keeping the federal government shutdown.

Wealth Taxes to Cure Inequality? How About Tax Reform Instead.

Joseph J. Thorndike | Posted 09.23.2013 | Politics
Joseph J. Thorndike

What are the prospects for a new federal tax on wealth? Pretty good, if you think surging inequality will trigger a populist revolt. But not so good i...

Torah vs. Libertarians: Round 1

Howard J. Curzer | Posted 08.12.2013 | Religion
Howard J. Curzer

The libertarian view of economic justice is approximately this: If people freely agree to exchanges, then they are fair by definition. Restricting people's freedom in order to bring about or maintain a certain pattern of wealth distribution is unjust. The Torah disagrees.

Hunger and Hoarding in the Welfare State

Wray Herbert | Posted 08.11.2013 | Science
Wray Herbert

Our primitive human ancestors hunted and foraged for plants, and they also faced periods of debilitating hunger. But our ancient ancestors came up with a better solution to the problem of scarcity. They embraced communal values, in words if not in actions.

Explaining Schwarzenegger -- Men, Biceps and the Politics of Getting What You Want

Rob Brooks | Posted 07.21.2013 | Science
Rob Brooks

Entitled "The Ancestral Logic of Politics," a paper published last week in Psychological Science explored the link between male upper-body strength and assertion of economic self-interest. The link between what and what? Exactly.

Tax Games and Redistributing Income Upward

Dean Baker | Posted 04.07.2013 | Business
Dean Baker

President Obama proposed limiting deductions to a 28 percent rate regardless of individuals' tax rate. This policy makes sense as a way of getting more tax revenue from those who can most afford to pay it. Capping the deduction does not.

Presidential Debates and Middle-Class Economics

Michael Farr | Posted 10.05.2012 | Business
Michael Farr

While a lack of middle-class income growth can create headwinds for any economy in the short term, the longer-term risks of political instability and civil unrest can become much greater.

The Not-So-Great Redistribution Debate: Makers, Takers, Shakers and Fakers

Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam | Posted 12.02.2012 | Politics
Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam

Redistribution is an everyday occurrence and it is at the heart of the American political and capitalistic system.

Mitt Romney: Closeted Redistributionist

Bob Cesca | Posted 11.20.2012 | Politics
Bob Cesca

Of course Mitt Romney supports redistribution. Everyone supports redistribution to some extent. It's literally how the government collects and spends tax revenue.

A Redistribution of Opportunity

Richard Geldard | Posted 11.20.2012 | Politics
Richard Geldard

When a culture seriously engages in a redistribution of opportunity, it selects those areas of support that help the ambitious and determined to become successful.

For Kids Of Ultra-Rich Parents, Money Won't Come Easy

The Huffington Post | Alicia Ciccone | Posted 06.18.2012 | Money

Born with a silver spoon in your mouth? Don't get used to it. Some 32 percent of high and ultra-high net worth Americans don't feel it's important ...

Resurrecting The Cause For Which King Died

Rev. Dr. James A. Forbes, Jr. | Posted 06.02.2012 | Religion
Rev. Dr. James A. Forbes, Jr.

The very week he died, MLK was in the process of planning the Poor People's Campaign to go to Washington, D.C. to document that poor people in this nation are citizens just like everybody.

Redistribution Of Wealth Is A Divine Commandment

William O'Brien | Posted 05.08.2012 | Religion
William O'Brien

A growing number of scholars, preachers and laypeople are exploring what has been a largely marginalized part of the biblical tradition. Some have labeled this tradition "Sabbath economics."

Optimism for the Euro and Europe: The Win-Win Situation

Vivian Norris | Posted 02.11.2012 | Business
Vivian Norris

The United States, and in fact, the rest of the world, especially the fear-driven crisis-mongering media and markets, could learn a few things by slowing down, realizing it takes time to build healthy economies, especially such a new one as the European Union.

Large Majority Of Americans Want More Wealth Redistribution

The Huffington Post | Bonnie Kavoussi | Posted 12.26.2011 | Business

The economic grievances articulated by the Occupy Wall Street movement may represent the views of not just the fringe, but a large majority of America...

Tea, Taxation and Tyranny

Mark Olmsted | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Olmsted

In O'Reilly's obnoxious Super Bowl interview with Obama, Bill asked contemptuously if the president was a "wealth redistributionist." Between interru...

President Obama Should Have Fought This One

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Wallis

Obama has again bent to the economic philosophy that rewards the casino gamblers on Wall Street and leaves the majority of the country standing outside the casino with a tin cup -- hoping that the gamblers are at least big tippers.