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VIDEO: Wealthiest One Percent, Come Home!

Chuck Collins believes that extreme wealth inequality and our global ecological crisis are bad for everyone, including those with great wealth. He invites all of us — but especially wealthy Americans — to come home, deepen their stake in the common good and invest more of their time and wealth to fixing the future.

VIDEO: Are Republicans Losing Battles But Winning the War?

Former Labor Secretary Robert Reich explains that while Republicans appear to be losing political battles, the right is actually winning the larger war over the direction of political debate. Instead of talking about real issues like income inequality, wealth concentration, unemployment and the declining middle class, the right has obfuscated the issue by pulling Democrats […]

VIDEO: Bring Back the Basic Bargain

Throughout much of the 20th century, the American political and economic system thrived based on a fundamental bargain – that US employers would pay their workers enough to purchase the goods and services US companies produced. Meanwhile government’s role was to maintain this bargain, allowing wages and living standards to rise across the board.

VIDEO: Breaking Up the Banks

Robert Reich explains why it’s so important to break up the biggest banks, which have grown exponentially over the past few years. This idea isn’t new, and is supported by Federal Reserve Governor Dan Tarullo, Former Citigroup CEO Sanford Weill, Rep. Jeb Hensarling, Senator Sherrod Brown, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren.

VIDEO: Wealth Inequality in America

Wealth Inequality in America

This superb six-minute video builds on pioneering research about American attitudes toward wealth by economists Michael Norton and Dan Ariely. Most Americans, the research shows, would like to see wealth in the United States much more equally distributed than they believe it is. But most Americans underestimate how staggeringly unequal the United States has become.

VIDEO: Sarah Anderson on CEO Pay and America’s Great Divide

Sarah Anderson: Executive Pay and America’s Great Divide

The U.S. Senate Budget Committee February 9, 2012 hearing on “Assessing Inequality, Mobility, and Opportunity” featured testimony from Institute for Policy Studies analyst Sarah Anderson. In her remarks, Anderson showcased how excessive corporate executive pay has turbocharged the gap between America ultra wealthy and everyone else.