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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

Why 2016 May See Record Top 1%

America’s highest earners could be rushing to maximize their 2016 incomes after Election Day. But what happens next will be what really matters.

October 31, 2016

How Inequality Hurts

Small May Not Always Be Beautiful

The trendy surge in tiny housing offers the rich a chance to become even richer, at everyone else’s expense. A look at the squeezed world of micro housing.

November 7, 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

We Need to Worry about Wilbur

America’s next secretary of commerce may be a private equity kingpin who owes his ample fortune to a career of manipulating the misfortune of America’s workers.

November 18, 2016

Taxing Progressively

A California Tax-the-Rich Triumph

Could the resounding Election Day victory of a state tax initiative signal an impending surge for a new national egalitarian politics? We have some promising signs.

November 13, 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

“The U.S. economy grew most quickly when taxes on the wealthy were at their highest, not their lowest. During the 1960s, the only decade in which the annual growth rate averaged 4 percent, the top estate tax rate was 77 percent throughout the decade and the top income tax rate was as a high as 91 percent and never lower than 70 percent.”
John Miller, Taxing the Wealthy and the Art of Sophistry, Dollars & Sense, November/December 2016

Stat of the Week

The United States currently hosts 153 billionaires too poor to make it into the annual Forbes list of the nation’s richest 400.

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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A New Take on Unrigging Our Taxes

Our super rich have their own personal trainers, chefs, and pilots. Maybe we should give them their own personal tax collectors. In the UK, officials have actually been moving in that direction.

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