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A Living Wage: a Human Right for All

One yardstick of our inequality: More than one in three Indiana households cannot afford the basics of housing, food, health care, and transportation, despite working 40 or more hours a week.

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Are Basic Income Proposals Crazy?

As proposals for universal basic income gain increasing prominence worldwide, it’s worth asking ourselves if the benefits outweigh the costs to alleviate extreme poverty.

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Social Inequality: Seldom Only Social

We need to keep in mind the tangible and ever-present economic consequences of membership in a disfavored minority, all of which almost always lead to far greater economic insecurity.

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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.

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Why Local Elections Matter

Too many Americans ignore off-year elections, and only exercise their franchise every four years. Amidst the frenzy of the 2016 election cycle, let us not forget the importance of local politics.

True Ownership Does a Company Good

When a company is truly owned, the owners have incentives to care about their reputation, their workforce, the quality of their products, and the health of the communities in which they operate.

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The Disparate Impact of Climate Change

The Pope’s new encyclical has raised an issue seldom recognized in the debate over climate policy: the wildly disparate impact of climate change on those who are “differently situated.”

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Is Political Inequality the Worst Kind?

From strict voter ID laws and gerrymandering to the problem of money in politics, growing political inequality is one of the most pernicious—and least discussed—forms of inequality in the United States.

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Spending Versus Investing

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.

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.

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Cuomo’s Vision: The Path Not Taken

In the 1980s, two political paths diverged in America. We chose the easier, the one that asked less of us. The late Mario Cuomo’s political vision is a reminder of the path America didn’t choose.

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A Forgotten Lesson: It’s the Economy, Stupid

In 1992, James Carville famously coined the phrase, “It’s the economy, stupid!” More than 20 years later, inequality has worsened to an unprecedented degree, but progressives fighting to end inequality have forgotten Carville’s lesson and, in the process, the most potent argument of all.

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