Alternate Approaches

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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.

A New Look at a Great Egalitarian

In our deeply unequal times, historian Edward O’Donnell reminds us, the life of the 19th century’s most important critic of concentrated wealth remains as relevant as ever.

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.

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.

Inequality and the USA: A Nation in Denial?

America’s top central bankers didn’t make time for inequality at their annual hobnob last week. Over in Germany, the world’s Nobel Prize winners in economics did. But few Americans noticed.

A New Gameplan for Taking Down Privatizers

The outsourcing of public services to private go-getters is concentrating wealth the whole world over. The best answer to that concentration? That just may be new forms of public ownership.

Turning the Tables on ‘Tax and Spend’

Could the classic conservative put-down of progressive public policy become a strategic template for attacking over-the-top CEO pay? Innovative state lawmakers in California and Rhode Island are aiming to find out.

A Thought for the Web’s Silver Anniversary

Let’s learn from our not-so-distant past and share the gold. New technologies don’t have to bring us new inequalities.

The Mess on Our ‘Information Superhighway’

Why should moving data around be any different from moving people? No private party, the battle over the latest pending Comcast merger reminds us, ought to be getting rich off a basic public trust.

What Will Reversing Inequality Really Take?

In the fierce debate over our top-heavy distribution of income and wealth, egalitarians have vanquished both inequality’s deniers and defenders. Now the debate is shifting to the most pivotal question of all.