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The following are some of the people that make possible.

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Marjorie E. Wood

managing editor

Marjorie E. Wood is a senior staff member of the Global Economy Project at the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) and the managing editor of Wood’s work focuses on income and wealth inequality, minimum wage and worker justice, and higher education reform. At IPS, Wood has co-authored multiple reports, including The One Percent at State U, which was the first study to connect the rising pay of university presidents with an increase in adjunct faculty and student debt. This study was featured in a New York Times editorial and in many other prominent media outlets. Wood writes a monthly inequality column for OtherWords, the Institute’s national editorial service, and has published multiple Op-Eds in The New York Times. She currently serves on the Advisory Board of the Labor and Research Action Network, a group that connects academic experts around the country with labor organizers. She has a Ph.D. in History from the University of Chicago (2011) where she received the Herbert G. Gutman Prize, a national award for the best dissertation in U.S. Labor History given annually by the Labor and Working-Class History Association. Prior to joining IPS, Wood was a visiting professor in the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University.

Chuck Collins

editor, columnist
Chuck Collins is a senior scholar at the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) and directs IPS’s Program on Inequality and the Common Good. He is an expert on U.S. inequality and author of several books, including Economic Apartheid in America: A Primer on Economic Inequality and Insecurity, co-authored with Felice Yeskel. (New Press, 2005). He co-authored with Bill Gates Sr. Wealth and Our Commonwealth, (Beacon Press, 2003), a case for taxing inherited fortunes. He is co-author with Mary Wright of The Moral Measure of the Economy, a book about Christian ethics and economic life.

Sam Pizzigati

editor, columnist
Sam Pizzigati is an associate follow at the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) and has edited Too Much, an online newsletter on excess and inequality, ever since the publication first appeared in 1995. He has written widely on issues around the concentration of income and wealth, with op-eds and articles appearing in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Miami Herald, the Los Angeles Times, and a host of other newspapers and periodicals. A veteran labor movement journalist, Pizzigati spent 20 years directing the publishing operations of America’s largest union, the 3.2 million-member National Education Association.

Salvatore Babones

Salvatore Babones is a senior lecturer in sociology and social policy at the University of Sydney and an associate fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS). He holds both a master’s degree in statistics and a Ph.D. in sociology from the Johns Hopkins University. Before moving to Australia in 2008, he worked in financial risk management and taught sociology and statistics at several universities in the United States. You can find out more about Dr. Babones at his personal website,

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  • citizen of the world

    It fascinates and frustrates me that you talk about inequality and make no mention to gender inequality - which is a profound international issue. You quote only men, and the only mention of a women in a quote is with her (presumably) husband. And you are a group of men only. Cudos for working toward a better world, but where are the women in this world you work toward? Equal power brokers, equal wealth and opportunity, voices in the mainstream? Gender inequality is central to inequality in the world stage.

  • murree

    Hi… I do dot want to bring religion into this discussion, but I must admit that the Islamic ZAKAT method is the best way for a healthy and fair economy. According ZAKAT laws, you only pay 2.5% tax. The 2.5% tax is paid ANNUALLY only on your savings from past year and other tangible assets such as property, gold and silver that you own. The 2.5% of collected funds are deposited into BAIT- UL- MAAL – The State Treasury. These funds are then used for the welfare of poor and needy, education as well as for the maintenance of state defense, transportation, and other municipal development projects. America’s top 20% are paying a small fraction of this stated 2.5% amount in taxes. If they only pay 2.5% of their total net worth or assets on an annual basis, the United States Government would collect more revenue than it has ever collected. Yes…It would make America’s richest unhappy as the richest have been paying as little as 0.01% in annual taxes… 2.5% would be too much of a tax burden on them.

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  • Bob Sten

    So what does “social justice” mean?

    Does it mean that when my neighbor works his rear end off, while I sit around doing nothing, that I deserve the same pay, health care benefits, housing and car that he has?

    If so, why?

    That doesn’t sound like “justice” to me. It sounds downright idiotic.

    • person

      “Social justice is the ability people have to realize their potential in the society where they live.” [1]

      I suspect you are upset about social justice because — respectfully — you don’t really understand what it is, or what it entails.


      • Bob Sten


        So, you don’t think people have “the ability to realize their potential in the society where they live?”

        How so? People have endless opportunities here in america….much more than in other places. That’s why millions of people want to come here, and millions more sneak into this country every year.