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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.
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    A Bad Deal

    Trade pacts like the TPP, labor's Thea Lee explains, hand CEOs windfalls and the rest of us more 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

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.

April 2, 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

“The challenge of journalism today is to survive in the pressure cooker of plutocracy.”
Bill Moyers, speaking at the Helen Bernstein Book Awards for Excellence in Journalism, New York Public Library, May 26, 2015

Stat of the Week

Between 2003 and 2012, new IRS stats show, the average federal income tax rate paid by America’s bottom 99 percent rose from 9.64 to 10.38 percent. Over the same span, the tax rate paid by the top 0.001 percent — Americans making over $62 million in 2012 — fell from 20.63 to 17.6 percent.

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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.

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.

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