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Inequality’s Most Pivotal Scorekeeper?


That just may be Martine Durand, the chief statistician of the OECD, the top economic research agency of the developed world. How does Durand view our inequality data future? We asked.

An Open Letter to the Top 1 Percent


You might want to rethink all those really nice things you’ve been saying about ‘equality of opportunity.’ And if you did, a little ‘equality of outcomes’ might suddenly seem not all that bad.

How Taxes Have Kept Wealth White

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From the days of slavery to the 21st century rebirth of the poll tax, legal scholar Andre Smith argues in a timely new book, our tax system has been concentrating wealth at African-American expense.

5 Benefits of a Social Democracy


In the U.S. today, the super rich control our politics while millions of ordinary people are deprived of the basic opportunity to work. Wouldn’t a social democracy reflect our values better than capitalism?

The Inequality of the Future?


Today’s income and wealth inequality may look like gentle ripples on the shore compared to the tsunami of change that robotics and artificial intelligence are whipping up for workers.

A Tale of Two Retirements


This report by the Institute for Policy Studies and the Center for Effective Government is the first to provide detailed statistics on the gap between the retirement assets of CEOs and everyone else.

The New American Exceptionalism


New inequality data from Credit Suisse reveals that the United States is truly exceptional when it comes to inequality. From extreme concentration of wealth to extreme poverty, here are the five major takeaways.

Let Corporate Welfare Unite Us


Libertarians and liberals agree that much of what passes for capitalism today is anything but. Increasingly, both groups have noted that what we have today is “corporatism” rather than capitalism.

Five Great American Hypocrisies


Instead of peddling American exceptionalism, defenders of the status quo should study these five great American hypocrisies on everything from tax avoidance to drone strikes overseas.

Income for Me, Wealth for We


We all contribute to the creation of wealth. Yet we let the wealth created settle in the pockets of a few. A simple but fundamental change in the source of our tax revenue could help change all that.

Blogging our Grand Divide

Free Tuition for Donald Trump’s Kids?

Making benefits like free college tuition available to everyone, some claim, will waste scarce tax dollars on rich households. Does that claim hold water?

The Not-So-Great Gatsby Curve

New research shows the effects of inequality on health—especially stress levels—have far-reaching societal consequences.

Yellow Canaries and Midlife White Men

Startling new data from the National Academy of Sciences suggest that inequality may be exacting a much steeper price on our health than we thought.

Staffing Up For Corruption

Campaigns are hiring “donor maintenance managers” as personal concierges to millionaire supporters.

How Higher Education Lost Its Way

Here are 5 reasons the modern university has sadly become part of the story of rising inequality.

Have We Finally Moved Beyond GDP?

To help overcome inequality, the latest global gathering of economic statisticians agrees, we need to do much more than total up an economy’s goods and services.

Homecare Worker Rule Here to Stay

Last week, the Supreme Court paved the way for implementation of a new rule guaranteeing the rights of homecare workers.

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)