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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.

Obama, Letterman, and the ‘I’ Word

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.

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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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The National Shame of Child Poverty

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.

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4 Ways Corporations Owe You Money

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.

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Privatization Means Profits Over People

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.

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Four Facts that Illustrate Inequality

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.

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It’s Morning Again in America or Is It?

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?

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Inequality: A Matter of Conflict?

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.

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Our Grand Fortunes, Our Grand Waste

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.

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The Privatization of Chicago

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?

Poverty or Inequality: Does It Matter?

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.

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Generating Environmental Inequality

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.

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Beyond Raising the Minimum Wage

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.

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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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