Inequality.org

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Top Read: The Missing Women in the Inequality Discussion

What makes our growing concentration of wealth in the hands of a few even more disturbing: these few almost all men.

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Top Read: Is Wal-Mart Treating Workers Like Pop-Tarts?

The big-box giant is upending people’s lives by subjecting its workers to unpredictable scheduling.

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Top Read: S&P: Wealth gap is slowing US economic growth

Economic disparities appear to be reaching extremes that “need to be watched because they’re damaging to growth,” says Beth Ann Bovino, chief U.S. economist at the rating agency Standard & Poor’s.

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Top Read: Inequality in the U.S.: Are we making any progress?

Equal rights in an economy and a democracy depend in some measure on the distribution of wealth. America’s remains dangerously top-heavy.

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Top Read: Market Basket isn’t just a company, it’s a community

The story of a CEO who won the allegiance of both employees and shoppers by delivering the kind of goods — good food, good pay, low prices — that most CEOs feel compelled to subordinate to the gods of shareholder value.

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Top Read: Employees’ Pay in U.S. Is Smaller Slice of Income Pie

Even more money is going to America’s high-income set relative to the rest of the country, new Commerce Department figures reveal.

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Top Read: The rich want us to believe their wealth is good for us all

If wages reflect merit, why do they seem so arbitrary? Are the richest executives 50 or 100 times better at their jobs than their predecessors in 1980? Are they 20 times more skilled and educated than the people immediately below them, even though they went to the same business schools?

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Top Read: Banks Cash In on Mergers Intended to Elude Taxes

JPMorgan Chase alone has pulled in $184 million helping U.S. firms merge offshore to avoid U.S. taxes. Says JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon: “I’m just as patriotic as anyone.” Dimon pocketed $20 million in pay last year.

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Top Read: For a new approach on pay, look to Switzerland

Good background on last year’s Swiss ballot initiative that banned CEO golden parachutes and signing bonuses.

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Top Read: The inequality snowball effect

How the consumption decisions of the rich make life more of a struggle for everyone else.

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Top Read: Tyler Cowen on global inequality

Yes, the gap between the richest and the poorest citizens of planet Earth has declined, as Tyler Cowen trumpets. But let’s hold the celebration. Here’s why.

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Top Read: Despite law, companies still not required to compare CEO-to-worker pay

Four years after a federal law required public companies to disclose the pay gap between their CEOs and other workers, government regulators are still mulling how to put the measure into effect.

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Top Read: Worth More: One Man or an Entire City?

What does it say about our society when one hedge fund manager makes a bigger income than the whole population of Springfield, Ohio or Burbank, California?

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Top Read: How to make top pay fairer

A new report from the UK’s independent High Pay Centre details eight policies to tackle excessive executive pay. On the list: a maximum pay ratio between CEOs and workers.

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Top Read: Debating CEO pay in India: Is there a number that’s too high?

Real wages in India fell 1 percent between 2008 and 2011. Over that same time period, productivity went up 7.6 percent. Average CEO pay in India rose 30 percent in 2010-2011.

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Top Read: Rich, cynical, and very naive

The super rich depend on government support and action. One prime example: the basic research that produced the information-technology revolution and the firms it has spawned.

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Top Read: Inequality, the Flavor of the Month

President Obama’s big campaign against the “defining issue of our time” lasted approximately six months. At least inequality was a flavor of the month. The next president may not even offer it on the menu.

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Top Read: Building a Worker-Owned Innovation Economy

An update on Spain’s vast Mondragon cooperative network — and its many enterprises where CEOs make no more than eight times worker pay.

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Top Read: The State of Runaway CEO Pay Resistance

With Congress sitting on its hands, progress on reining in executive over-compensation is cropping up elsewhere.

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Top Read: Inequality a Policy Decision

A new report from an eminent Australian think tank says political choices have been driving Australia’s growing gaps in income and wealth.

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Top Read: Left pushes regulators to lift curtain on CEO pay

Public interest groups are urging the federal Securities and Exchange Commission to resist corporate pressure and issue the regulations needed to enforce the Dodd-Frank Act’s CEO-worker pay ratio disclosure mandate.

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Top Read: From Obama, a pivot from focus on income divide

In the current White House retreat from confronting concentrated wealth, “opportunity” has replaced “inequality.”

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Top Read: ZIP Codes of the Super Rich

The ten most expensive zip codes in America have median home values over $2.7 million.

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Top Read: ‘Freedom’ Just Another Word For Letting the Rich Get Richer

The growing concentration of income and wealth at the top of America has concentrated political power there as well, generating laws and rules that tilt the playing field ever further in the wealthy’s direction.

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Top Read: The Cooperative Economy

How can we best confront our “medieval level of wealth disparity”? Political economist Gar Alperovitz explores America’s emerging alternative economy.

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Top Read: Inequality Is Not Inevitable

Economic and geographic segregation have immunized those at the top from the problems of those down below. Like the kings of yore, they have come to perceive their privileged positions essentially as a natural right.

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Top Read: The Pitchforks Are Coming… For Us Plutocrats

A billionaire investor’s message for his fellow “filthy rich, for all of us who live in our gated bubble worlds: Wake up, people. It won’t last.”

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