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    And Still I Rise

    A new report from the Institute for Policy Studies addresses economic injustices behind black hardship.
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    Fight for 15 Reaches New Heights

    What began as a couple hundred fast food workers in 2012 has grown into a broad-based social movement.
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    The Public Cost of Low Wages

    As workers fight for $15 an hour, a new report reveals that taxpayers are subsidizing the restaurant industry's low pay.
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    Who’s Representing Us?

    In today's deeply unequal America, the latest political science research shows, people of modest means have no influence on public policy.
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    ‘Burning Our Bridges’

    A new report from the Center for Effective Government and the Institute for Policy Studies documents the sky-high cost of corporate tax avoidance.
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    ‘House of Cards’ Makes a Wonk’s Day

    In 15 seconds, this hit TV series may have exposed more people to America’s biggest CEO pay loophole than 15 years of studies and reports.

New Research & Commentary

World Bank Chooses Wrong Indicator

Given what we know about the dangers of extreme inequality, the Bank's indicator is irresponsible.

The World Bank has chosen an indicator of ‘shared prosperity’ that is both misleading and irresponsible. In a world of rising inequality, the Bank should do a better job of measuring shared prosperity.

Warren’s Fictional Inaugural Address

What would be Elizabeth Warren's agenda for the First Hundred Days?

If Elizabeth Warren were elected President, what would she say in her inaugural address? Robert Hertz imagines what President Warren’s First Hundred Days might look like.

Spending Versus Investing

While your home mortgage is an investment, the new suit you spent money on isn't.

Like corporate America, the United States Congress is dominated by slash-and-burn conservatives who refuse to invest in critical infrastructure, preferring instead to indulge market ideology.

Obama, Letterman, and the ‘I’ Word

On the Letterman Show, the President failed to mention the "I" word: Inequality.

Reducing inequality solves many of society’s problems, including those of Baltimore and Ferguson. President Obama has not taken on this challenge. Hopefully the next president will.

5 Ways Being Poor is a Crime

Municipalities are fining and jailing the country's most vulnerable people.

A new report details how being poor in America has become a crime, punishable by further impoverishment. Here are five troubling trends that show how the government is financially abusing poor people.

The Era of Wealthy Entitlement

As the rich get richer, they're gradually bankrupting the greater part of America, the middle and lower classes.

We have been led to believe that social programs are bankrupting our nation. But the real threat of entitlements are those demanded by the rich. As they grow richer, they gradually bankrupt us all.

The Decline of Political Pluralism


Disproportionate access to the public square and marketplace of ideas means fewer countervailing and contending perspectives. This doesn’t just disadvantage the poor. It hurts us all.

How A Broken Tail Light Leads to Death

Poor people are targeted and aggressively policed for minor infractions such as the broken tail light.

Thanks to a brave young man with a cell phone, we now have proof that a broken tail light can get you killed if you are poor and black in America. It’s a perfect storm of poverty, fear, and social control.

The National Shame of Child Poverty

The U.S. has one of the highest relative child poverty rates in the developed world.

America’s wealth grew by 60 percent in the past six years, by over $30 trillion. In approximately the same time, the number of homeless children in America has also grown by 60 percent.

The War on (Poor) Women


Poor women’s health has fallen victim to yet another series of policy decisions, not unlike many of those over the last three decades, that have exacerbated economic inequality in America.

Blogging our Grand Divide

Warren Buffett: No to Higher Wages

The Oracle of Omaha may not be all that incredibly wise after all. Just incredibly rich and sheltered from the real world of work.

A Simple Idea: Free Education For All

With two new legislative initiatives, Senator Bernie Sanders is proposing to tax Wall Street speculators to give all Americans a good shot at a college degree.

Civil War Rages On for Black America

By righting a 150-year-old wrong, re-enactors aim to help remedy long untreated ills at the root of today’s #BlackLivesMatter movement.

Congressional Coddling of the Rich

Congress is gutting vital programs for the poor while heaping billions of dollars of relief on a few wealthy families.

A Disappointing New SEC CEO Pay Rule

The latest executive compensation regs proposed by the Securities and Exchange Commission won’t put any real brake on CEO pay excess. What would? We have a list!

The Language of the Unheard

Protesters in Baltimore following the death of Freddie Gray need to be heard. Are we listening?

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)