Alternate Approaches

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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.

Could 2014 Be Year One of the Pay Ratio Era?

In the year ahead, nurses and college students just might jump-start the struggle against America’s chronic — and growing — income inequality.

A Year of Delightful Egalitarian Imagination

Nurses, philosophers, and trade unions have over the past 12 months all shared some fascinating ideas on how we can make our societies more equal — and much better — places to live.

A Daring Bid to Stomp Out CEO Pay Excess

Young activists in Switzerland have plutocrats hyperventilating — and spending a fortune to beat back a ballot initiative that would establish a legal limit on the pay gap between top execs and their workers.

After the Shutdown, Maybe a Little Equality?

Executives at private companies with federal contracts are getting rich off our tax dollars — at the expense of their low-wage workers. But we can turn the tables. Here’s how.

Federal Regulators Finally ‘Mind the Gap’

The long-delayed SEC disclosure rule on CEO-worker pay turns out to be surprisingly strong. The power-suit reaction? More bombast.

Can We Afford to Wait for Redistribution?

The ‘market’ isn’t working for working people. The rich have rigged the rules. We ought to keep trying, of course, to reduce the resulting inequality. But why not, unions are asking, end the rule rigging?

Satisfaction and Smiles in an Unequal World

If President Obama played basketball with the king of Bhutan, would the world have a better shot at becoming a happier place? A leading egalitarian analyst and activist explains why he’d love to see the game.