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Wealth Inequality

One Possible Legacy of the Northwestern Football Players

Arthur Fox | Posted 04.04.2014 | College
Arthur Fox

What is important today is that the Northwestern media coverage is dramatizing, in a spectacular way, the fundamental need of workers to band together and collectively demand a seat at the economic table of Corporate America.

Wake Up: Economic Inequality Among Minorities No Longer Just a Minority Problem

Nia Hamm | Posted 04.04.2014 | Black Voices
Nia Hamm

Take economic opportunity away from the nation's largest minority groups and you literally sabotage the economy.

Another Chance for Ukraine

Tristan Masat | Posted 04.03.2014 | Politics
Tristan Masat

Ukraine is beset by troubles. The Russian annexation of Crimea is the dramatic headline, but the economic struggles the country and Ukrainian workers face may prove just as dire.

Women's Economic Security Depends on Raising the Wage and Expanding Social Security

Barbara J. Easterling | Posted 03.31.2014 | Politics
Barbara J. Easterling

Seven out of 10 Americans support increasing the minimum wage, and a full three out of four support expanding Social Security. For the women of today, and of the generations that will follow, it's time to act.

Corporations Are Not Persons -- Never Were and Never Can Be

Douglas Kmiec | Posted 03.28.2014 | Politics
Douglas Kmiec

Here's a newsflash for the Roberts Court: Corporations are not persons. Like a legal Frankenstein unleashed, the conferral of personal rights upon the artificial person of a corporation undermines the rights themselves.

No One Man Should Have All That Power - Our Diversity Responsibility

Brandon L. Greene | Posted 03.27.2014 | Black Voices
Brandon L. Greene

Yesterday, I had the great pleasure of speaking with a group of high school kids about power. During the conversation, I asked them how many of them t...

Kathleen Miles

This Map Shows Why The Plan To Split Up California Would Be A Dystopian Nightmare | Kathleen Miles | Posted 03.07.2014 | Business

It would be Ayn Rand's dream come true: separate states for rich people and poor people. A proposal to split California into six states, introduce...

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...

The Rich and the Poor

Robert Slayton | Posted 02.18.2014 | Politics
Robert Slayton

My last piece began with the words, "Never let it be said that the rich are silent." That was too modest. Let's add that they're tone deaf too.

Next Time Someone Argues For 'Trickle-Down' Economics, Show Them This

The Huffington Post | Kathleen Miles | Posted 02.17.2014 | Business

Conservatives like to say that "a rising tide lifts all boats." In other words, if an executive makes $20 million a year, his income will eventually t...

Colbert Takes On Rich Guy's Offensive Comparison

The Huffington Post | Ross Luippold | Posted 02.06.2014 | Comedy

Last weekend, venture capitalist Tom Perkins set off a firestorm when The Wall Street Journal ran a letter he penned in which he claimed that the weal...

Hopeless Inequality (or Feeble Politics)?

Robert Kuttner | Posted 04.04.2014 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

Obama's plea, 'Give America a raise,' was the most effective applause line of the evening. Even Republicans were compelled to cheer. But his order raising the minimum wage on government contractors will help a few hundred thousand workers and add less than a billion dollars to household purchasing power. He declined to use other executive powers to compel contractors not to violate basic labor laws.

Poverty and the Education Opportunity Gap: Will the SOTU Step Up?

Kevin Welner | Posted 03.29.2014 | Education
Kevin Welner

Education researchers like me have been hoping policymakers will understand that poverty is the biggest impediment to children's academic success. Yet I worry that the President will slip from an accurate diagnosis to unproven and ineffectual treatments.

Thanks to Pope Francis, Revolt Against the Global Super-Rich Is Underway

Chrystia Freeland | Posted 03.23.2014 | World
Chrystia Freeland

The recognition by Pope Francis and others that surging income inequality is an urgent political problem marks an important shift.

The Numbers Don't Lie

Daria Roithmayr | Posted 03.22.2014 | College
Daria Roithmayr

The lock-in model can help us to understand how it is that racial gaps may well persist indefinitely, even if all intentional discrimination were to end tomorrow.

David Brooks' Utter Ignorance About Inequality

Robert Reich | Posted 03.21.2014 | Politics
Robert Reich

That David Brooks, among the most thoughtful of all conservative pundits, doesn't see or acknowledge any of the signs pointing to how far the right has moved away from the reality most Americans live in every day.

The Conservative Response to the War on Poverty Discussion -- So Far

Jared Bernstein | Posted 03.15.2014 | Politics
Jared Bernstein

I'm finding some of the responses by conservative politicians, economists, et al to the War on Poverty discussion to be interesting and revealing. There's a lot of silliness, and worse, of course. I'd assign the Reagan quip, "we fought a war on poverty and lost," to that category, as well as the misleading $20 trillion talking point. But once they get past the canned stuff, there's some interesting substance. Progressives have largely been pointing out that, in fact, rigorous analysis shows both significant and even lasting progress against poverty, amidst steep remaining challenges.

Meet Your Plutocrats!

Sean McElwee | Posted 03.08.2014 | Politics
Sean McElwee

In America, where you end up is increasingly tied not to your own drive, talents, and perseverance, but to being born with the right last name.

Inequality: Government Is a Perp, Not a Bystander

Dean Baker | Posted 02.23.2014 | Business
Dean Baker

Congress and the president have decided to craft budgets that lead to tens of millions of people being unemployed or underemployed. High levels of unemployment put downward pressure on workers' wages, especially those in the bottom third of the labor force. This means we have a federal budget that limits growth and employment in a way that redistributes income upwards. So, inequality didn't just happen; it was the result of government policy. That is why people who actually want to see inequality reduced, and for poor and middle class to share in the benefits from growth, are not likely to be very happy about President Obama's speech on the topic. His comment about the government being a bystander ignores the real source of the problem. Therefore it is not likely that he will come up with much by way of real solutions.

2014 Will Be The Year of 'Economic Populism.' Then What?

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 02.16.2014 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

It's becoming increasingly clear that, at least politically, 2014 will be "The Year of Economic Populism." Now the question is, who gets to decide what that really means?

United States Is Now the Most Unequal of All Advanced Economies

Eric Zuesse | Posted 02.07.2014 | Politics
Eric Zuesse

The United States has such an unequal distribution of wealth so that it's in the league of corrupt underdeveloped countries, no longer in the league of the developed nations, according to the latest edition of the world's most thorough study of wealth-distribution.

5 Personal Actions You Can Take to Fight Economic Inequality

Bob Burnett | Posted 02.05.2014 | Politics
Bob Burnett

At the root of inequality is a moral choice: we either believe in the maxim, "I am my brother's keeper, I am my sister's keeper," or we don't.

Polarization: Worse Than You Think

Bob Burnett | Posted 01.29.2014 | Politics
Bob Burnett

Some political observers believe that if we only had competitive elections throughout the country -- if most congressional districts weren't gerrymandered -- then we would have more moderates in Congress and, therefore, less polarization. Think again. Polarization is the new normal.

It's Inequality, Stupid: Defending Affordable Health Care

Bob Burnett | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Bob Burnett

The Affordable Care Act is off to a rocky start. Some Democratic congresspeople have been backing away from the law. We can't let that happen. Progressives can't let "Obamacare" fail.

Death of a Libertarian

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Brynn Tannehill

The ostensible goal of libertarian theory is a good one: equality of opportunity for everyone. However, when we look at what happens when libertarian ideals are implemented, the results are just the opposite.