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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

What Do Our Wealthiest Deserve?

Our world’s billionaires don’t merit either their billions, the economist Didier Jacobs suggests, or the right to claim we’re all somehow living in a ‘meritocracy.’

January 30, 2016

How Inequality Hurts

Yellow Canaries and Middle-Aged White Men

Startling new data from the National Academy of Sciences suggest that extreme inequality may be exacting a much steeper price — on our health — than we’ve up to now expected.

November 11, 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 Real Secrets to Grand Fortune

The moneymaking techniques today generating mega millions, global business analyst Sam Wilkin is making plain, almost all rest on schemes for subverting honest market competition.

October 1, 2015

Taxing Progressively

How Taxes Have Kept Wealth White

From the days of slavery to the 21st century rebirth of the poll tax, our tax system has been concentrating wealth at African-American expense, as legal scholar Andre Smith details in a timely new book.

November 1, 2015

Alternate Approaches

A Rougher Road for Redistribution

Progress in the struggle against inequality seems to have stalled in the deeply divided societies of Latin America. What next? Tulane economist Nora Lustig has an insightful perspective.

April 1, 2016

Quote of the Week

“Puerto Rico is the unfortunate poster child of what can go wrong when you put your trust in Wall Street.”
Rep. Nydia Velazquez, commenting on the hedge fund role in the debt crisis that has driven Puerto Rico’s poverty rate above 45 percent, May 24, 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

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.

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Did the Beatles Help Spark the Reagan Revolution?

On this month’s 50th anniversary of one of the edgiest Beatles tracks, our rich have a reason to look back fondly on the lads from Liverpool.

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