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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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    Two Egalitarian Spirits

    British epidemiologists Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett have changed how we think about inequality.
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    An Egalitarian Bottom Line

    This business executive's global company pays no top execs any more than six times the pay of their workers.
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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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    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.
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    Our Race to Consume

    We have no shot at sustainability, sociologist Juliet Schor helps us see, amid extreme inequality.

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

How Inequality Corrupts Success

In any society where great stashes of wealth amass at the top, philosopher Elizabeth Anderson reminds us, the wealthy will sooner or later see most of the rest of us as failures.

August 1, 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

A Partnership for the 1 Percent

Corporate movers and shakers are now maneuvering, via global trade negotiations, for the power to erase governmental decisions that complicate their profiteering. Will they get it? Trade union analyst Thea Lee sees reasons they just might not.

May 3, 2015

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 Manufacturer of Equality

Top U.S. CEOs sometimes make more in an hour than their workers can make in a year. At Mondragon, one of Spain’s largest companies, no execs can make more in an hour than their workers make in a day.

June 1, 2015

Quote of the Week

“Social spending in the United States is 40 percent lower than it would be if policymakers didn’t disproportionately respond to the rich.”
Sean McElwee, Rise of the imperial plutocracy, Salon, August 31, 2015

Stat of the Week

The world’s wealthiest are hiding from their national tax collectors as much as $32 trillion, calculates former McKinsey chief economist James Henry, “a sum larger than the entire American economy.”

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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.

In Search of Our First Trillionaire

No 13-digit fortune has yet appeared on the horizon. But if we wait until we get close enough to see one, warns wealth analyst Bob Lord, we may find our plutocracy set eternally in concrete.

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