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Life-or-Death Budget Fights

A Chicago-based activist who has overcome mental health challenges is helping to lead a battle for moral tax and spending policies at the state and federal levels.

Using Renewables to Reduce Inequality

A new report explains how states and cities can use renewable portfolio standards and shared solar programs to reduce the power of fossil fuel corporations and lift up low-income households.

Building on the April Tax Marches

Grassroots activists are taking the tax justice fight to Goldman Sachs, demanding that Wall Street start paying its fair share. Goldman has dodged over $5 billion in taxes over recent years.

Local Solutions to Exploding CEO Pay

With national policy likely to compound the income and wealth gap in the coming years, states and localities are fighting back, exploring a new pay ratio politics that’s taking on executive pay excess.

Local Climate and Inequality Solutions

Renew Oregon is advancing innovative climate justice proposals, building on a legislative victory to expand the state’s use of renewable energy, with strong benefits for low-income consumers.

How Will French Workers Vote?

As a leftist presidential candidate surges in the polls with a hard line on combating inequality, the man once considered a strong frontrunner is struggling to win support beyond elites.

A Piketty ‘Inflection Point’ Heads Up

The concentration of America’s wealth may be reaching a point, Thomas Piketty’s work suggests, where any further gains for the top 1 percent will come at the direct expense of everyone else.

Workers’ Shrinking Piece of Global Pie

New research points to globalization as a key driver of labor’s declining share of national income, particularly in developing countries.

The Racial Wealth Gap in 60 Seconds

Want to understand today’s black-white wealth gap in the United States? Don’t miss contributor Antonio Moore’s new one minute tutorial.

How To End The Era of Toxic Inequality

A new book by the veteran Brandeis University scholar Thomas Shapiro explores how America’s wealth gap destroys social mobility, deepens the racial divide, and endangers our future.

Blogging our Grand Divide

Adventures in the Safety Spin Zone

How far-fetched a rationale for the new Trump tax-cut giveaway can we expect? Even the Trump White House wouldn’t go this far, would it?

In France, Echoes of a Daring FDR

With a call for an income cap on society’s richest, a longshot presidential campaign has thrown a giant scare into the French political elite.

The Case for a Universal Basic Income

A former labor leader is urging unconventional political alliances in support of public policy to buffer workers from the coming automation age.

Student Debt Benefits No One

Exploding student debt benefits no one. Another way is possible if debtors come together to demand change.

Trump Era Fight on Financial Abuse

A Wall Street reform organizer is encouraged by a surge of activism to protect consumers, including low-income families, students, and African-Americans who are major users of unregulated prepaid debit cards.

A Flying Public Finally Erupts

America’s top airline execs have every incentive to treat average passengers as cattle and chattel. Could United’s now infamous aisle drag upset their gravy train?

Marching for Trump Tax Transparency

Activists have organized Tax Day marches across the country to demand the release of Trump’s tax returns — and send a message about a tax system that enriches the wealthy.

Enormous Wealth and Eternal Life

The deepest of our deep pockets are now pumping millions into immortality research. Should we be amused — or alarmed?

Our top reads

Twin Peaks Planet

Between our world’s twin peaks — the ever-richer global elite and the rising Chinese middle class — lies what we might call the valley of despond: the stagnating incomes of the advanced-country working classes. (source)

The Rise and Rise of the Top 0.1 Percent

New research unveiled in 2014 has solved the puzzle in our statistics on economic inequality. (source)

World’s 400 Richest Add $92 Billion in 2014

The globe’s 400 wealthiest billionaires are ending the year worth a combined $4.1 trillion, an average $10.3 billion each. (source)