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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The moneymaking techniques today generating mega millions, global business analyst Sam Wilkin is wittily making plain, almost all rest on schemes for subverting honest market competition.
The facts on state-by-state corporate tax avoidance reveal that people across the country are losing revenues that should be going to education and infrastructure. Here are 6 of the most painful facts.
Current reminiscing about the “good” factory jobs of yesterday is actually a nostalgia for the working conditions and pay made possible by decades of workers’ struggle.
On one issue, there just might be enough of an opening that a pontifical prayer could create real progress: mass incarceration and the abuse suffered by our prisoners and incarcerated youth.
In unequal communities, phenomena like gentrification are forcing us to rethink principles of social change. Amid stark wealth disparities, we need to do more than prohibit discrimination.
The 22nd annual Executive Excess report from the Institute for Policy Studies reveals how our CEO pay system rewards oil, gas, and coal executives for deepening the global climate crisis.
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.
A good, hard look at the statistics will tell you why African Americans have reason to fear an encounter with police.
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.
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.
Last week’s court decision extending basic labor protections to homecare workers combats longstanding racism and sexism embedded in U.S labor law.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
While Sanders’ emphasis on economic reform is welcome and needed, some progressive voters are frustrated by Sanders’ relative silence on two other important issues for 2016: structural racism and climate change.
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.
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.
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.
To address the problems in American education, we must address the crisis of economic inequality in this country. The real crisis in our schools is inequality, not poor teachers or administrators.
An underground economy that exploits workers, damages public investments, and cheats consumers has expanded in the wake of labor unions’ downfall. The only response is a revitalized labor movement.
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.
From Presidential hopefuls across the political spectrum to a handful of millionaires and even billionaires, everyone is pushing the critical issue of income and wealth inequality onto center stage.
While there’s little difference in the overall performance of charter schools and public schools, charters are riddled with fraud and marked by a lack of transparency that leads to even more fraud.
Inequality has our planet down, the veteran analyst Juliet Schor believes, but not out. She’s seeing more of us working for alternatives to mindless consumerism — and the failing system that generates it.
In the modern era, anti-black racism has evolved into a more insidious form: the relatively quiet economic subjugation that was taken for granted during periods of slavery and Jim Crow.
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.”
Pope Francis’ new encyclical suggests that climate change and inequality are inextricably linked. A true ecological approach, he says, must integrate questions of justice in environmental debates.
Tchula, Mississippi is a quiet farm town in the heart of Delta blues country. Its residents, like Andrew featured here, live with deep poverty that stems from slavery and the era of Jim Crow segregation.
Americans dependent on the safety net are urged to “get a job” by the same free-market system that pays them too little to avoid being dependent on the safety net. It’s a vicious circle of hypocrisy.