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    Grand Fortunes and Waste

    Income inequality, suggests economist Robert Frank, leaves things worse even for its ostensible beneficiaries.
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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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    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

Why Our Lives Feel Squeezed: 400 Reasons

America’s 400 richest are collecting far more of the nation’s income than they did two generations ago — and paying Uncle Sam far less. To fudge these facts, pals of plutocrats are having to work overtime.

November 29, 2014

How Inequality Hurts

Our Grand Fortunes, Our Grand Waste

Good things trickle down from the top, cheerleaders for grand fortune like to argue, when wealth concentrates. In real life, suggests economist Robert Frank, inequality makes things worse even for its ostensible beneficiaries.

January 31, 2015

Executive Pay

Must Modern Economies Nurture Narcissism?

To really take on grandiosity and greed, a new report from a prestigious CEO pay watchdog suggests, we may need to shove onto the global political stage the notion of a maximum wage.

July 19, 2014

Defective Enterprises

The Big Tip that America’s Servers Never See

The CEOs of America’s 20 largest restaurant chains must be providing diners some mighty fine service. Their ‘performance’ is costing Uncle Sam nearly a quarter-billion dollars a year.

April 27, 2014

Taxing Progressively

Uncle Sam Needs Some Better Nephews

The kingpins of Congress have spent years carving tax loopholes that help America’s CEOs fleece the federal treasury. Now these kingpins are pushing a corporate tax ‘reform’ that ignores the loopholes.

November 22, 2014

Alternate Approaches

A Bold New Drive to Recast the War on Want

We’ll only make real progress against the absence of wealth at the bottom of our economic order, an ambitious new global campaign declares, if we confront the concentration of wealth at the top.

November 1, 2014

Quote of the Week

“I scream, you scream, we all scream against creating an aristocracy of wealth.”
Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, on the notion of repealing the estate tax, USA Today, April 16, 2015.

Stat of the Week

The world’s “ultra high net worth” population — deep pockets with over $30 million in net worth — make up just 0.004 percent of global adults, notes a new report from Wealth-X and NFP Life. They held $29.7 trillion in wealth last year, over double the $13.8 trillion in wealth that belonged to adults with net worths under $10,000, a group that includes 66.2 percent of the world’s adult population.

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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.

Our ‘Stealth Politics’ of Inequality

Average Americans today have essentially zilch influence on public policy. You don’t need to trust your gut on that. Northwestern University political scientist Benjamin Page has the data.

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