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Blogging Our Great Divide

New developments on the inequality front? Our Institute for Policy Studies editorial team tracks them here.

Remember the American Dream?

September 3, 2015 /

by Sheila Kennedy

  Watching Donald Trump trash immigrants and refer none-too-obliquely to people who are less fortunate as “losers”—all while wearing a hat emblazoned with the slogan “Make America Great Again”—is giving...

Shielding Wall Street From Bigotry

August 20, 2015 /

by Jim Hightower

Perhaps Phil Gramm could run a telethon to support ex-executives shamed for their fat retirement packages. Phil Gramm, the former right-wing senator from Texas, has surprised me. I assumed he...

Do the Rich Rule America?

August 20, 2015 /

by Chuck Collins

Our campaign finance system isn’t just sending us toward a new Gilded Age — it's a new Platinum Age. Is America’s political system controlled by a small financial elite? One...

Who Will Care for Grandma?

August 6, 2015 /

by Betsy Wood

Greedy CEOs are pitting elderly Americans against the workers who care for them. Who will take care of grandma? It’s a question we need to answer. As baby boomers grow...

A U.S. Pay Ratio Disclosure Victory!

August 5, 2015 /

by Sam Pizzigati

The federal Securities and Exchange Commission has just given Americans an official yardstick for measuring corporate CEO greed. The sourest person in the nation’s capital today just may have been...

Gender Pay Gap for Women Athletes

July 30, 2015 /

by Kelsey Clark

Even three-time World Cup winners face the gender pay gap. The USA women's soccer team—now three-time winners of the Women’s World Cup—made headlines this time around not just for their...

Restoring Labor Rights in Bangladesh

July 23, 2015 /

by Robert Ross

  Two years after the April 24, 2013, collapse of the Rana Plaza building, Bangladesh has become a laboratory to test whether pressure from worldwide labor unions and NGOs in...

Is Wall Street Pay Too High?

July 23, 2015 /

by Sarah Anderson

  As we reach the fifth anniversary of the Dodd-Frank Act, the Obama administration's thunderous attacks on Wall Street bonuses seem a distant memory. "I'd like to throw these guys...

What Obama Can Learn From Scotland

July 16, 2015 /

by Kelsey Clark

As the Scots begin tackling their rising incarceration problem, America should learn from them. A few weeks ago, I walked through the streets of Edinburgh, Scotland, making my way to...

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