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In Search of Our First Trillionaire


No 13-digit fortune has yet appeared on our horizon. But if we wait until we get close enough to see one, warns veteran tax attorney and activist Bob Lord, we may find our plutocracy set in concrete.

Poor and Black People Still Left Behind

New Orleans seven years after Katrina

When President Obama arrives in New Orleans today, he will face a reckoning with his promises to help rebuild and restore the city. The city’s poor and black populations still await their recovery.

On Capitalism, The Verdict Is In


When it comes to unfettered capitalism, the verdict is in. From failures in housing and education to healthcare and jobs, the evidence shows that the capitalist system just isn’t working.

5 Great Shames of an Unequal Society

Credit: America Aljazeera

From wealthy billionaires designing our public education system to millions of children relying on food stamps, America’s unequal society is chock-full of embarrassing realities.

Is Public Transit in America Calvinist?


Canadians view public transit as a vital public utility whereas Americans view it as a social welfare program. Can the influence of Calvinist theology in the United States explain the discrepancy?

Pitting Grandma Against Her Caregiver

Home Care Inequality - FINAL

A new infographic from the Institute for Policy Studies and National Domestic Workers Alliance explains how corporate interests in the homecare industry threaten quality care for our families.

How Our Inequality Corrupts Success


In any society where great stashes of wealth amass at the top, philosopher Elizabeth Anderson reminds us, the wealthy will sooner or later come to see most of the rest of us as failures.

Making 64 Cents for Every Dollar


On Black Women’s Pay Equity Day, experts weigh in on income inequality for African-American women. Today, a black woman makes just 64 cents on the dollar earned by a white man.

How Big Business Cheats Education


Corporations have reaped trillion-dollar benefits from sixty years of public education in the United States, but they’re skipping out on the taxes meant to sustain the educational system.

Five Steps to Privatizing Everything

Credit: Common Dreams

At the heart of privatization is a disdain for government, a distrust of society, and a mindless individualism that leaves little room for cooperation. Here are 5 steps that lead to privatization.

Blogging our Grand Divide

Why Black Men Run From the Police

A good, hard look at the statistics will tell you why African Americans have reason to fear an encounter with police.

Shielding Wall Street From Bigotry

Perhaps Phil Gramm could run a telethon to support ex-executives shamed for their fat retirement packages.

Do the Rich Rule America?

Our campaign finance system isn’t just sending us toward a new Gilded Age — it’s a new Platinum Age.

Who Will Care for Grandma?

Greedy CEOs are pitting elderly Americans against the workers who care for them.

A U.S. Pay Ratio Disclosure Victory!

The federal Securities and Exchange Commission has just given Americans an official yardstick for measuring corporate CEO greed.

India Spotlights Corporate Pay Ratios

In India, major corporations now have to disclose their CEO and median worker pay. U.S. corporations may soon have to finally follow suit.

Bernie’s Missed Opportunity

To move his campaign forward, Bernie Sanders should focus on environmental justice.

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)