What makes a society a fun place to be? Really nice weather and exciting nightlife options certainly help. So does avoiding a starkly skewed distribution of income and wealth, suggests a noted World Bank economist.
In plain yet powerful language, Pope Francis is challenging the givens of our deeply unequal world — and helping inspire resistance to it. His new "apostolic exhortation" offers a surprisingly wide-ranging critique of our unequal status quo.
America's corporate CEOs feel entitled to pensions that pay out $86,000 monthly. To protect their entitlement, they're attacking ours: Social Security. But a new report neatly exposes the monumental hypocrisy of their legislative assault.
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.
Americans are gaining, ever so slowly, a more accurate picture of just how wide the gap has stretched between the nation's most fabulously privileged and everyone else.
People who cut food stamps — and gut child labor laws — most all had empathy when they came into the world. So what squeezed the empathy out? Analysts are pointing to inequality.
America's top execs don't have the time to celebrate. They're too busy waging a corporate holy war against what may be the most promising check yet on executive pay excess.
A tiny tax on global personal wealth over $1 million could ensure that no child anywhere on the planet has to live in extreme poverty.
If the Supreme Court chooses to erase our remaining post-Watergate campaign finance reforms, Richard Nixon's scandalous reign may come to seem — thanks to growing inequality — mere kid's play.
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.
Exactly a hundred years ago, decades of progressive struggle finally paid off and outfitted America with a tool for braking the unlimited accumulation of grand private fortune.
The exceedingly comfortable who sit in America's richest 1 percent have nearly fully regained the outsized share of the nation's income they held just before the economy cratered five years ago.
America's corporate chiefs deserve all their hefty rewards, we're constantly advised, because they take hefty risks. And what exactly are these richly rewarded corporate chiefs putting at risk? Our retirement security.
Over the last 20 years, the annual lists of America’s highest-paid chief execs — our corporate ‘best and brightest’ — have included an amazingly high concentration of outright frauds and flops.
Back in Al Capone’s day, Prohibition helped give rise to a rash of epic crime-boss fortunes. On Wall Street today, deregulation has spawned an entire new generation of fabulously rich racketeers.
Voters of modest means outnumber voters of excessive means in every election. Yet public policy in America essentially comforts only the already comfortable. Four political scientists, flush with new data, have an explanation.
Let’s talk life expectancy. The stats first. They tell a shocking story: Americans now live shorter lives than men and women in most of the rest of the developed world. And that gap is growing.
A rather ruthless billionaire has grabbed one of the world's great newspapers. But you don't have to be a high-tech plutocrat, the paper's previous regime has demonstrated, to help make our world more unequal.
To protect our health, we’ve learned to have our ‘vital signs’ taken. But no visit to a doctor’s office can tell us the vital signs that determine where on earth […]