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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

The Flacks for Plutocrats Need a New Analogy

New research and another dose of on-the-ground reality are shredding what little credibility the rationalizers of inequality have left.

December 8, 2014

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

“Running for office shouldn’t be a job defined by permanent begging at the feet of the wealthiest donors in the country.”
Zephyr Teachout, Fordham University professor of constitutional law, New York Times, January 26, 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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