Why We Tax: A Timely Reminder for Tax Day

Media darling Rand Paul is doing his best to end progressive taxation in America. Randolph Paul, over a half-century ago, helped make progressive taxation a prime building block for America’s […]

Why Aren’t More of Us Protesting Inequality?

Egalitarian-minded academics have just subjected a central political question of our time to some rigorous research scrutiny. What they've found: More knowledge about our economic divide can change how people feel about inequality, but not necessarily what they do.

From Inequality, We Can’t Take a Vacation

What more vivid symbol of the indignity our corporate-driven inequality imposes than the Carnival Triumph. Thousands of people adrift, going nowhere in a nightmare of sewage and stench, while a billionaire chief exec sits faraway in a courtside seat and cheers.

If This Southern California Mansion Could Speak . . .

. . we would have a fascinating, first-hand history of the roller-coaster first century of the modern federal income tax. Industrialist Frederick Peabody started building this manse of his dreams in 1913, the same year the federal income tax started biting into the nation’s highest incomes.

Election 2012 and Our Sensible Super Rich

We’ll never know exactly how much America’s super rich pumped into the 2012 elections. Hundreds of millions in “dark money” — contributions laundered through hyper-politicized nonprofits like the U.S. Chamber of […]

Joe the Plumber, We Miss You!

Americans haven't heard much at all from Joe the Plumber this election cycle. A shame. Without his rants against sharing the wealth, no one's bothering to debate how desperately America really needs to be sharing. And how desperate has our maldistribution of wealth become?

Teacher Bashing: The Inequality Psychology

In any society where wealth and income concentrate overwhelmingly at the top, the affluent will almost always come to sneer at public services and the men and women who provide them. In Chicago, those men and women have pushed back.

Who’s Really Winning the Smartphone Wars?

In our current economic and political environment, we're letting top corporate executives expropriate our public 'property' for private gain. The resulting rewards, for both corporations and their CEOs, can be immense, as the recent Apple patent triumph over Samsung so amazingly demonstrates.
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