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Top Read: Predistribution: A Big, New Idea

From the UK, a new progressive emphasis on stopping income and wealth concentration at the source, before taxes.

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Top Read: Tax Cuts for the Rich Do Not Spur Economic Growth: Study

A new Congressional Research Service study has found that cutting effective tax rates on the rich doesn’t boost economic growth, but does correlate with rising income inequality.

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Top Read: Why Inequality Matters

My Fair London has just released an important new pamphlet that traces the roots of our social, economic, and political dysfunction.

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Top Read: What exactly do we mean by ‘inequality’?

In recent decades, we’ve forgotten how to grow the economy except by increasing inequality. The result: a series of bubbles, and bubbles always cause damage when they pop.

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Top Read: Romney and Ryan on Taxes

Under Romney’s tax plan your economic future would be determined the same way it was in 18th century France — primarily by who you picked as your parents.

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Top Read: Hollande Faces Questions on Tax Pledge

The newly elected president of France has come under enormous pressure to back down from his campaign pledge to raise his nation’s top tax rate on income over $1 million euros to 75 percent.

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Top Read: CEOs vs. average Joes: Pay gap wide

The average U.S. worker would have to work 3,489 years to earn the salary of a top-paid CEO.

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Top Read: Tax Ideas in the Democratic Platform

The new Democratic Party 2012 platform calls on the wealthy to pay their fair share. But the platform’s actual planks appear “wholly inadequate” to achieve tax fairness.

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Top Read: Politics and Plutocrats: A Parade of Inequality

Imagine if a tree were engineered like the U.S. economy, with half its mass centered in the top 10 percent of its height and 40 percent concentrated in the very topmost branches. Whether redwood or oak, such a tree would be destined to topple. Nature has better sense.

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Top Read: South African wealth gap incites mine tensions

Police gunfire killed 54 striking mine workers last month. Behind the deaths: the world’s worst inequality.

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Top Read: Mitt Romney’s Fair Share

Why what Mitt Romney pays — and doesn’t pay — in taxes really matters as an issue.

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Top Read: Fair versus equal

What we can learn from the emergence of inequality in the archaeological record of fishing at a place called Keatley Creek in British Columbia.

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Top Read: Overpriced Real Estate? Well, Maybe It’s Art

Manhattan condos stand poised to break the $100 million barrier. Speculation once again running wild? Or a logical investment in “art”?

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Top Read: The Bottom Line for Achieving Internal Pay Equity

A corporate lawyer, writing in the journal for corporate lawyers, defends the embattled Dodd-Frank financial reform law provision that requires corporations to disclose the ratio between their CEO and typical worker pay.

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Top Read: Do the super rich need their own Facebook?

One Swedish count thinks so. And he thinks his second try at it will be a big winner for the world’s “smart set.”

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Top Read: New Pew Poll: Rich Greedy, Dishonest, Don’t Pay Enough In Taxes

A just-released poll offers a gold mine of information about contemporary attitudes toward the rich and their fortunes. One example from the new Pew poll: Some 58 percent of Americans say the rich don’t pay enough in taxes, 26 percent say the rich pay their fair share, and 8 percent say the rich pay too […]

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Top Read: Half of NZ’s super-rich dodge tax

Those who want tax rates on the rich lowered claim that lowering tax rates on high incomes will discourage tax dodging by the super rich. From New Zealand, more evidence that lower tax rates have no such effect.

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Top Read: Where is today’s Teddy Roosevelt?

A century ago America had a presidential race that targeted the nation’s intense concentration of wealth and power. We need another.

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Top Read: The political and economic system we deserve . . .

. . . would be a system “that redistributes both wealth and the decisions about how it is used,” says this noted British analyst.

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Top Read: Rich-poor gap grows in Latin America

Guatemala now claims the title as the country with the greatest disparity between the rich and poor, says a new UN report. The most equal nation has become Venezuela.

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Top Read: CEOs won big with Bush tax cuts

Some 57 U.S. CEOs saved at least $1 million on their 2011 taxes thanks to the 2001 and 2003 Bush-era tax cuts.

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Top Read: Your paycheck and the CEO’s, side by side

A profile of the IBM corporate lawyer who helped pave the way for the Dodd-Frank financial reform law provision that requires corporations to reveal the ratio between their CEO and typical worker pay. That provision has yet to be implemented, the victim of a feverish corporate assault.

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Top Read: New York Times List of Causes for Inequality Too Short

The Times, says this top economist, has missed some prime reasons why the United States is growing far more unequal.

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Top Read: Can the super rich buy American elections?

$1 billion. That’s the amount political donors are expected to spend in the US presidential election campaign this year.

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Top Read: Taxpayers Subsidize CEO Pay, Report Says

A look at the just-released latest edition of the annual Institute for Policy Studies survey on outrageously high corporate executive compensation.

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Top Read: Capital levies for debt redemption

Two top German think tank analysts sum up the case for a stiff, one-time tax on the wealth of the rich to finance debt reduction.

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Top Read: Taxes and executive compensation

Corporate deductions on their tax returns for excessive executive pay are costing the U.S. Treasury billions of dollars a year in lost revenue.

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Top Read: Northrop CEO pay tops JPMorgan’s Jamie Dimon

Chief executives of the top five U.S. military contractors took home $107 million last year, 43 percent more than the heads of the five biggest U.S. banks.

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Top Read: Top novelist says wealthy should pay more tax

Mark Haddon, the red-hot author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, says he knows from his own experience how easily the privileged can “become wholly insulated from ordinary life.”

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Top Read: In Superrich, Clues to What Might Be in Romney’s Returns

In 2009, the most current year with stats available, six of the 400 highest-income taxpayers in the United States paid zero federal income tax.

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Top Read: Obama, Not Reid, Should Be Taking on Mitt Romney’s Tax Record

Big-time politicians are still afraid to explain to the American people how exactly it is that many Wall Street firms make their money, because they’re afraid to lose access to the crumbs those firms sometimes toss their way.

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