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Clipping America’s Hedge Funds

The growing Hedge Clippers campaign is pioneering new strategies to prevent hedge  funds from cashing in on corporate wage squeezes and benefit cuts.

Activists are taking on the billionaire financiers driving inequality and corrupting our politics. Hedge funds have been pressing the enterprises they dominate to slash wages and offshore middle-class jobs.

What Do Our Wealthiest Deserve?

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Our world’s billionaires don’t merit either their many billions, the Boston-based Oxfam economist Didier Jacobs suggests, or the right to claim we’re all somehow living in a ‘meritocracy.’

Black Media Ownership Matters


The discussion over expanding diversity in Hollywood needs to be expanded. We need to address the concentration of media ownership at the expense of small minority-owned media.

The Lesson We Can Learn from Flint

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Governments help ameliorate inequality by providing essential services to all citizens, rich or poor. The water crisis in Flint demonstrates the necessary and beneficial role of a strong public sector.

Our Real Racial Wealth Gap Story

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Over 50 years after Martin Luther King Jr’s March on Washington, the median white family in the United States holds 70 times more net worth than the nation’s typical black family.

A New Look at a Forgotten Egalitarian


In our deeply unequal times, College of Holy Cross historian Edward O’Donnell reminds us, the life of the 19th century’s most significant critic of concentrated wealth remains as relevant as ever.

A Holiday Note to the U.S. Congress

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Members of the United States Congress, comfortably nestled in bed with their millionaire friends and corporate lobbyists, are in denial about the true state of the American middle class.

Is Capitalism To Blame For Inequality?


Is American capitalism the cause of our country’s growing and very worrisome inequality? According to Sheila Suess Kennedy, that all depends on how we are choosing to define ‘capitalism.’

2015 Hypocrites of the Year


From warmaking and tax avoidance to environmental destruction, consumer gouging and criminal arrogance, the candidates for 2015 Hypocrite of the Year truly earned their spot on this list.

Piketty’s New Controversial Theory


In the French newspaper Le Monde, the world-renowned economist Thomas Piketty recently spelled out a highly controversial theory about the cause of terrorism: economic inequality.

Blogging our Grand Divide

Zuckerberg on Track for Trillionaire?

The Facebook founder saw his wealth ranking jump while others sink. At his age he appears to be the most likely candidate for the world’s first trillionaire.

Negative Wealth Matters

What the negative wealth at the bottom of the economic spectrum says about our overall economy matters deeply.

Racial Wealth Gap’s Latest Research

New analysis shines spotlight on the growing racial disparity in wealth with up-to-date figures and cutting edge public policy solutions.

Get Ready to Be Forked

The leading advocate for U.S. restaurant workers is releasing a new book that aims to redefine success in the deeply unequal restaurant business.

How Will the Candidates Tax the Rich?

Bernie and Hillary have each laid out detailed plans to reduce inequality through reforming the tax code. Here’s where they stand.

Can the Davos Rich Do More than Talk?

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.

Obama’s Take On Inequality

Obama is asking how can we help shape an economy in which everyone can thrive, not just those at the very top of the economic ladder.

Fat Cat Tuesday: A CEO Pay Milestone

CEOs on both sides of the Atlantic have already made more in 2016 than most of their workers will make for the entire year.

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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)