If Elizabeth Warren were elected President, what would she say in her inaugural address? Robert Hertz imagines what President Warren’s First Hundred Days might look like.
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.
Reducing inequality solves many of society’s problems, including those of Baltimore and Ferguson. President Obama has not taken on this challenge. Hopefully the next president will.
A new report details how being poor in America has become a crime, punishable by further impoverishment. Here are five troubling trends that show how the government is financially abusing poor people.
A new report argues that greater investment in organizing more black women into unions and community organizations focused on economic justice and workers’ rights can save the dwindling union movement.
Protesters in Baltimore following the death of Freddie Gray need to be heard. Are we listening?
We have been led to believe that social programs are bankrupting our nation. But the real threat of entitlements are those demanded by the rich. As they grow richer, they gradually bankrupt us all.
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.
Thanks to a brave young man with a cell phone, we now have proof that a broken tail light can get you killed if you are poor and black in America. It’s a perfect storm of poverty, fear, and social control.
The “Fight for 15” has blossomed into a broad-based movement of community organizations, faith groups, and other social justice advocates demanding social, economic, and racial justice.
America’s wealth grew by 60 percent in the past six years, by over $30 trillion. In approximately the same time, the number of homeless children in America has also grown by 60 percent.
Poor women’s health has fallen victim to yet another series of policy decisions, not unlike many of those over the last three decades, that have exacerbated economic inequality in America.
The prevailing economic narrative has warped our sense of the American Dream and taken advantage of Americans’ optimistic nature. To change our politics, we must change the narrative.
Average Americans today have essentially zilch influence on public policy. You don’t need to trust your gut on that. Northwestern University political scientist Benjamin Page has the data.
The distorted belief that corporations are job creators has led to huge subsidies and tax breaks for them. In reality, corporations owe a great debt to the nation that has made them rich.
Billions of dollars are at stake in the public-private partnership deals that governments are increasingly cutting. Sadly, our kids and grandkids will foot the bill on these deals if anything goes wrong.
A recent study reveals that the federal government spends more on private contractors than on public employees for the same services. Yet elected leaders insist that free-market capitalism works best.
In the years right before the 2008 financial meltdown, too many powerful people were making too much money for anyone in authority to blow the whistle and yell “foul.” Has anything really changed?
The media rarely report carefully on numbers, and Congress has little use for facts. That’s unfortunate because numbers reveal the dramatic fall of the middle class over the past 35 years.
America’s middle class can once again prosper, but only if we confront growing inequality within the nation’s private sector. President Obama’s new plan for middle class revival doesn’t do that confronting.
China has become the world’s leading billionaire factory, producing more new billionaires in 2014 than any other country. But the powerful billionaires who run China do not want to live there.
The idea that our economic divides impact how long we live remains difficult for many of us to swallow. But swallow we must because inequality is killing us, as a wealth of research makes clear.
Governors all across the nation are crying poverty and demanding deep budget cuts on needed social services. But we’re not broke. We’re just keeping too much of our wealth in too few pockets.
Racial segregation dominated the American landscape for generations. We can’t afford, suggests the research of Stanford’s Sean Reardon, to let economic segregation have anywhere near as long a run.
In Adam Smith’s textbook market economy, buyers and sellers know all they need to know and never get burned. Today’s oligarchs and plutocrats have essentially burned the textbook.
You don’t have to buy the theories in Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century to use his data. And those data show that the United States has become a model for maldistribution.
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.
In the ongoing struggle for worker justice, perhaps we should resurrect a once prominent, 19th-century vision of the importance of civic participation, leisure, and rest for all working people.
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.
The British epidemiologists Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett changed how the world thinks about economic inequality with their landmark 2009 bestseller. Now they have a new book in the offing.
Looking back on 2014, it’s easy to see inequality remains a top issue for Americans. Topping my list of top 5 inequality moments of 2014 is Ferguson, reminding us all that inequality isn’t colorblind.