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Inequality Makes Us Sad

The Great Recession, a new study shows, has driven the sharpest decline in reported happiness since researchers started collecting consistent data.

Seattle Takes on the Trump Budget

A new campaign is rising up to “Trump-proof Seattle” with an innovative city-level solution that will tax the rich to address the deep problems the administration’s proposed budget cuts create.

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Why Not Fix Early Child Care?

The patchwork of programs in place to enable parents to balance both raising children and making a living is utterly inadequate. Failing to fix this problem will rob a generation of children, and parents, of the tools needed to ensure a happy, healthy, and productive life.

The President’s Math

The political theater that passes for serious policy debate is about to run into an unfortunate reality as Donald Trump’s budget plan comes face to face with its arch-nemesis: arithmetic.

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Blame the Baby Boomers

Bruce Cannon Gibney doesn’t see all baby boomers as sociopaths intent on hording all of the nation’s precious resources for themselves at the expense of everyone else. Just, ya know, most of them.

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Who Cares About the Stock Market?

Ignore all the hyping about Dow 20,000 and other market gyrations. Only the affluent are really benefiting from rising share prices. About 40 percent of all stock belongs to the top 1 percent.

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Why not tax heirs directly?

Children of the ultra-wealthy have opportunities that children born into poor families could never dream of. Access to the very best schools, a ready-made network of influential family friends, interest-free loans — all at their disposal just by virtue of birth. Should these fortunates also not have to pay taxes?

A Viable Billionaire Tax?

New paper makes the case that a global billionaire tax is ethical, good for growth, and could solve a lot of the world’s problems. Oh and politically viable.

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Inequality By Design

New book from veteran researcher Dean Baker looks at the rigged rules that drive wealth to concentrate in fewer and fewer hands from trade policy to patent law and everything in between.

Review: Let My People Go Surfing

Running a profitable company and engaging in sustained activism on behalf of people and the planet is no easy task. Neither is writing a compelling book lighting the way for others to follow. Yvon Chouinard has done both.

Don’t Go To Bowdoin

Malcolm Gladwell challenges firmly held beliefs around social mobility and our education system in a thoughtful, engaging, and wildly popular new podcast.

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