The low- and middle-income families hurt most by the Great Recession are continuing to receive the least benefit from our recovering economy. So what will it take to ensure this disaster never happens again?
Modern-day conservatives like Paul Ryan seem to have discovered inequality. But don’t take that discovery too seriously. Their world views still reflect a Gilded Age contempt for society’s struggling.
At least some American businesses are realizing that a fairer economy makes eminent business sense. America’s most insightful business leaders have understood that reality for generations.
Any effort to reduce inequality must deal with the fact that inequality is a matter of conflict between the 99 percent and the 1 percent. We must address the deeper processes that permit the 1 percent to win.
Good things trickle down, cheerleaders for privilege insist, when wealth concentrates. In real life, notes economist Robert Frank, inequality makes things worse even for its ostensible beneficiaries.
Chicago is becoming a symbol of a nation crippled by the idea that the “public good” rates as an un-American notion. Other cities and states have fought privatization. Will Chicago be able to learn from them?
Economic enterprises need many kinds of infrastructure just to have a chance at succeeding. Unfortunately, America has failed to attend even to our most basic infrastructure needs.
Reducing inequality confronts more basic vested interests than does reducing poverty. That makes the language of inequality much more disruptive to the status quo — which is exactly why we should use it.
Rather than philanthropy, let’s pay hardworking folks a living wage. The Waltons, Kochs, and other wealthy elites won’t miss a meal by doing so — and we can stop relying so much on their charity.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is pushing a new proposal containing no environmental protections mainly for low-income, minority communities. Enter environmental inequality.