Social scientists are starting to place the lives of the wealthy under the same microscope formerly trained on primitive tribes in Borneo. Could their research ever help us understand phenomena like the ugliness of the Donald?
In 1944, the year billionaire investor Warren Buffett first paid income tax, the U.S tax code ‘soaked the rich’ to an amazing degree — and the nation benefited mightily from all the soaking.
The newly released list of America's 400 richest only tells part of the story of just how staggeringly unequal the United States has become.
We're all today living in an epoch of epic squandering. And government, despite what Donald Trump would have us believe, isn't leading the way.
Wells Fargo has just been hit with the biggest banking consumer fraud penalty ever. Yet the bank’s execs are walking out the door with multiple millions in bonuses. Can we stop them?
The world’s first great analyst of management urged us to limit the gap between CEO and worker pay. We didn’t listen. How many more life-threatening scandals like EpiPen must we have before we do?
In effect, Mylan execs have been emptying the pockets of allergy sufferers to make themselves considerably richer. But drug company executives didn’t use to have the same powerful motive to do that as they do today.
For today’s top corporate executives, the contemporary corporation has become a personal ATM — with no limits on withdrawals. But the UK Labour Party may soon have a useful antidote in the works.
Lobbyists for America’s grandest fortunes may want to raise their rates. Capitol Hill is getting a gadfly who can really sting – the man who exposed the "carried interest" loophole.
No one will ever run the 100-meter dash in less than five seconds. And no one, the story of Brazil’s 21st century suggests, will ever end poverty while ignoring grand fortune.
Billionaire banker Jamie Dimon says he’s fighting inequality. If we take him in the least seriously, the joke — and much worse — will be on us.
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 took place there two months later as we consider the state of our economic inequality.
A slick new ad campaign from America’s most notorious billionaires is tugging at our heartstrings — and distorting the debate over inequality. The good news? We have a new antidote.
Can we conquer disease without concentrating wealth in a precious few pockets? Not-so-distant American history offers a clear and encouraging answer. The victory over polio a half-century ago created no billionaires.
On this month’s 50th anniversary of one of the all-time edgiest Beatles tracks, our super rich have a special reason to look back fondly on the lads from Liverpool.
The two Democratic Party White House hopefuls agree on cutting back on the after-tax incomes of America’s rich. A recently released analysis shows they disagree significantly on just how much.
Conservatives who worry about government "red tape" smothering "freedom" need to take a closer look at our great economic divides. And if they did, they'd start supporting America's trade unions instead of trying to subvert them.
Just a busload of billionaires, says Oxfam, now hold as much wealth than the entire bottom half of humanity. The elites now at Davos could, if they so chose, start steering that bus in a different direction.
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.
Startling new data from the National Academy of Sciences suggest that extreme inequality may be exacting a much steeper price – on our health – than we’ve up to now expected.
No 13-digit fortune has yet appeared on the horizon. But if we wait until we get close enough to see one, warns tax attorney and wealth analyst Bob Lord, we may find our plutocracy set eternally in concrete.
The federal Securities and Exchange Commission has just given Americans an official yardstick for measuring corporate CEO greed: the comparison between a company's median compensation for all its workers and CEO pay.
In any society that winks as great stashes of wealth amass at the top, philosopher Elizabeth Anderson reminds us, the wealthy will sooner or later see most of the rest of us as failures.
What do corporate chiefs want out of the latest global trade talks? A veto over government decisions that complicate their profiteering. Will they get that veto? Labor analyst Thea Lee sees reasons they just might not.
A new online petition drive is protesting the incredibly high prices that enormously overpaid pharmaceutical CEOs charge for cancer drugs.
Should America’s taxpayers be subsidizing all those millions in compensation that CEOs are collecting? Rep. Barbara Lee from California doesn’t think so. Her bill addressing that problem has just been introduced.
Sometimes, CEOs don’t fight failure. They bet on it. Now the Securities and Exchange Commission is finally moving, ever so slightly, against wagers that reward CEOs when their companies fail.
Can we trust Oxfam’s latest dramatic numbers on global inequality? Two of the world’s top policy wonks don't think we should. But their pushback is getting pushback aplenty.
A "blue-ribbon panel report" on our grand economic divide never gets around to recognizing that in order to save our democracy, we need to contemplate our plutocracy.
Two of the world's top progressive social scientists, the British epidemiologists Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett, reflect on how economic inequality poisons our lives — and how we might detox.
This year’s all-stars of avarice range in age from thirty-somethings to just shy of octogenarian status. They’re all doing their greedy best to keep our world a staggeringly unequal place.
A rising tide lifts all boats? New research and another dose of on-the-ground reality are shredding what little credibility the rationalizers of inequality have left.
America’s 400 richest are collecting far more of the nation’s income than they did two generations ago — and paying Uncle Sam far less. To fudge these facts, pals of plutocrats are having to work overtime.
The kingpins of Congress have spent years carving tax loopholes that help America’s CEOs fleece the federal treasury. Now these kingpins are pushing a corporate tax ‘reform’ that ignores the loopholes.
The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office has just released its latest appraisal of America’s income breakdown. Whatever yardstick you use, the CBO study makes plain, the rich are winning. Big.
Americans want what 21st century politics has so far not delivered: real options for challenging concentrated wealth. That's one conclusion from new polling that gave Americans a choice of seven tax policy options.
America’s most powerful economic policy maker dramatically charges that inequality is choking off opportunity for average families. Political candidates across the nation pay absolutely no attention.
Income gaps and wealth concentration go hand in hand, new global stats from the Credit Suisse Research Institute make clear. With one exception.
A landmark new study has laid bare the dirty little secret of modern American philanthropy: America's wealthy don't particularly care all that much about the rest of us.
Forbes doesn’t bother asking how our absurdly rich went about making their fortunes. But we should. Our top 400, after all, haven’t just made monstrously large fortunes. They’ve made a monstrously large mess.