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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

Getting Beyond the ‘Buffett Rule’

In 1944, the year billionaire investor Warren Buffett first paid income tax, Americans ‘soaked the rich’ — and benefited mightily from the soaking.

October 17, 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

“A bank CEO should not be able to oversee a massive fraud and simply walk away to enjoy his millions in retirement.”
Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), on the exit of Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf, October 13, 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


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.


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.


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 Too Much commentaries now also appear regularly in the Inequality.org weekly newsletter. Ingequality.org Both Too Much and Inequality.org come to you from the Institute for Policy Studies.

An Anthropology of the Luxury Life?

Social scientists are starting to place the lives of the wealthy under the same microscope formerly trained on primitive tribes in Borneo. Could their research ever explain phenomena like the Donald?

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