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    Our Egalitarian Past

    Edward O'Donnell profiles the gifted thinker who led the struggle against concentrated wealth in the Gilded Age.
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    Two Egalitarian Spirits

    British epidemiologists Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett have changed how we think about inequality.
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    The Corruption of Success

    Where wealth concentrates, Elizabeth Anderson reminds us, the wealthy will see most of the rest of us as failures.
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    Segregation’s New Look

    In our ever more unequal world, Stanford's Sean Reardon details, our rich live ever more apart from the rest of us.

Most Popular Articles

Tracking Inequality

Still Feeling the Great Recession?

Want thrills in your life? Go ride a roller coaster. Want some economic security? Help make America more equal. A new study from three eminent economists explains why.

September 5, 2016

How Inequality Hurts

An Inequality Double-Whammy

From new research on the Great Recession, still more evidence that maldistributions of income and wealth really matter

June 24, 2016

Executive Pay

Big Headlines for a Tiny Wage Hike

Billionaire banker Jamie Dimon announces a wage hike and says he’s fighting inequality. If we take him seriously, the joke — and much worse — will be on us.

July 15, 2016

Defective Enterprises

Extracting a Cold Corporate Truth

For today’s top execs, the contemporary corporation has become a personal ATM — with no limits on withdrawals.

August 10, 2016

Taxing Progressively

For the Wealthy, a New Worry

Lobbyists for America’s grandest fortunes may want to raise their rates. Capitol Hill is getting a gadfly who can really sting.

August 1, 2016

Alternate Approaches

The Forgotten Spirit of 1776

We all know what happened in the City of Brotherly Love 240 years ago on July 4. Maybe we should also pay some attention to what happened two months later.

June 29, 2016

Quote of the Week

“Our campaigns have become so dependent on the wealthy that we are at risk of forgetting that there is any other way to do politics — and our candidates are at risk of forgetting whom they are running to represent.”
New York Times editorial, What’s ‘Deplorable’ About Presidential Campaigns, September 14, 2016

Stat of the Week

The dark age of plutocratic money in campaign spending: Since January 2010, U.S. politicos have grabbed over $500 million from rich donors who do not have to reveal their identities, reports the Center for Responsive Politics, with many millions more expected in 2016.

Good Reads

New

The Rich Don’t Always Win. Really.

The Rich Don't Always WinToo Much editor Sam Pizzigati’s history of the forgotten triumph over America’s original plutocracy that created the American middle class.

Notable

How Our Inequality Limits Our Lives

This American Library Association “outstanding title” of the year explores the price we pay for massive inequality. Now available for reading online.

Classic

Understanding Our Acquisitive Society

Acquisitive SocietyBack in the 1930s, a University of Chicago project set out to list western civilization’s greatest books. Only one book by a living author, this one, made the cut.

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Sandbagging for Fun and Profit

Wells Fargo has just been hit with the biggest banking consumer fraud penalty ever. Yet the bank’s execs are walking out the door with millions in bonuses. Can we stop them?

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