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Top Read: Twin Peaks Planet

Between our world’s twin peaks — the ever-richer global elite and the rising Chinese middle class — lies what we might call the valley of despond: the stagnating incomes of the advanced-country working classes.

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Top Read: The Rise and Rise of the Top 0.1 Percent

New research unveiled in 2014 has solved the puzzle in our statistics on economic inequality.

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Top Read: World’s 400 Richest Add $92 Billion in 2014

The globe’s 400 wealthiest billionaires are ending the year worth a combined $4.1 trillion, an average $10.3 billion each.

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Top Read: Shame is good, shame is right, shame works

Shaming may not bring America’s corporate CEO Scrooges to a Dickensian redemption, but shaming can help create a societal consensus that certain behaviors do indeed rate as disgraceful

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Top Read: What if Downton Abbey told the truth about Britain?

Downton renders class division civilized and quaintly cozy. Those upstairs do nothing unspeakably horrible to their servants. Those downstairs remain remarkably content with their lot.

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Top Read: 12 Days of Christmas Apologies

By the time the billionaire Koch brothers wake up on Christmas morning, the wealth the two men will have accumulated throughout the night could get a room for the night for every one of the 633,000 homeless Americans.

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Top Read: Runaway Inequality, Runaway Incarceration

Racism and police violence are deeply connected to the financialization of the economy and runaway inequality.

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Top Read: As Income Inequality Rises, America’s Middle Class Shrinks

The share of Americans making between 50 percent more and less of the nation’s median income has dropped from 56.5 percent in 1979 to 45.1 percent in 2012.

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Top Read: The secret to the Uber economy is wealth inequality

The must-have requirement for an on-demand service economy to work: a desperate labor class willing to work at bargain-basement wages.

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Top Read: Is It Bad Enough Yet?

On the growing resistance to the billionaire class.

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Top Read: Piketty Warns Nordic Bastions of Equality Against More Tax Cuts

Thomas Piketty, the French economist whose book on wealth inequality became an international best seller, is urging governments across Scandinavia to reassess recent tax cuts that benefit the wealthy.

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Top Read: For Retail Workers, Time is Money

A new law in San Francisco to curb erratic scheduling practices could be the first of many.

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Top Read: The Real Reason Richer People Marry

In the prosperous post-World War II years, with inequality low and stable, marriage rates for rich, poor, and middle class adults ran at similar levels and the proportions of married people reached historic high points for all classes.

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Top Read: The Life and Times of Michael B

Ferguson puts America’s racial apartheid on the global stage.

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Top Read: Which U.S. Cities Have the Biggest Income Gaps?

Fairfield County in Connecticut, the nation’s hedge fund capital, rates as the U.S. metro area with the highest level of inequality.

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Top Read: Too Big to Ignore

The gap between rich and poor has grown so vast that even Fed chief Janet Yellen suggests it verges on un-American.

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Top Read: The Billionaires’ Park

The beneficence of billionaires poses a threat to the ability of everyday Americans to have an equal voice in civic life.

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Top Read: Global Ultra Wealthy Population Reaches Record High

Individuals worth at least $30 million now make up only 0.004 percent of the world’s adult population, but control almost 13 percent of the world’s total wealth.

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Top Read: Fleecing Uncle Sam

A growing number of corporations spend more on executive compensation than federal income taxes.

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Top Read: Another Widening Gap: The Haves vs. the Have-Mores

The top one-hundredth of the 1 percent are pulling away from the rest of that group, leaving the merely very rich behind and creating two markets in the economy’s upper reaches.

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Top Read: High marginal tax rates on the top 1%

Current top marginal tax rates in the United States run lower than would be optimal, and pursuing a policy aimed at increasing them would likely benefit society as a whole, says this new analysis.

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Top Read: Ebola and Inequality

The relationship goes far beyond the poverty of Africa’s poorest countries.

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Top Read: Inequality world leaders’ biggest worry

So says a new survey from the World Economic Forum, the organization behind the annual Davos summit.

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Top Read: Americans’ ownership of assets shrinks

In 2000 roughly half of capital gains went to America’s top one-tenth of 1 percent, those making roughly more than $2 million a year. In 2012 this tiny slice of Americans collected a much larger share: 62 percent of capital gains.

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Top Read: Stand Up and Fight

Sophisticated campaign targeting and get-out-the-vote operations can’t substitute for the passion, clarity, and vision that motivate Democrats to vote.

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