A New Rationalization for Riches

Right-wingers are celebrating a depressing new history of those rare moments when wealth became better distributed as activists are exploring encouraging pathways to a New Economy that sustains our planet and fosters equality.

What Made the Great Recession ‘Great’?

The deeply unequal America of 2006 had a greater proportion of low-wealth households than the America of earlier postwar decades — and that contrast turns out to really matter during economic downturns.

Donald Trump’s $100-Million Men

For us, another day, another dollar. For them, another day, another fortune. And another reason we need to start exploring the notion of a surtax on excessive CEO pay.

An Arrogant Entrance, A Sad Exit

With a new Congress and White House committed to wealth’s concentration, we’ll sorely miss the scholar who dedicated his life to documenting wealth’s maldistribution.

Waging Class War in Comfort

No president has packed his cabinet with more bigwigs than president-elect Donald Trump. Do the corporate chiefs now parading into the new Trump administration see the United States as just another enterprise — to fleece?

Why We Need to Worry about Wilbur

America’s next secretary of commerce may be a private equity kingpin who owes his ample fortune to a career of manipulating the misfortune of America’s workers.

Small May Not Always Be Beautiful

Have you been keeping your own personal list of issues that should have received some attention in this year’s election campaigns but didn’t? Here’s one issue you may have overlooked: America’s incredible housing squeeze.

An Anthropology of the Luxury Life?

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?

Getting Beyond the ‘Buffett Rule’

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.

CEO Pay as a Menace to Our Health

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?

The Cure for A Taxing Allergy

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.

Extracting a Cold Corporate Truth

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.

For the Wealthy, a Taxing New Worry

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.

In Brazil, a Pre-Olympics Folly

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.

Philadelphia’s Forgotten Spirit of 1776

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.

The Koch Brothers Cue the Music

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.

Dr. Billionaire, Meet Dr. Salk

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.

Hillary vs. Bernie vs. the 1 Percent

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.

Why the Right Should Fear Inequality

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.

In Search of Our First Trillionaire

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.

A Trans-Pacific Partnership For the 1 Percent

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.
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