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From academics to activists, thoughtful people worldwide are focusing their attention on economic inequality as never before.

The Fleecing Taxpayers Bait-and-Switch

March 6, 2011 /

by Sam Pizzigati

Lavishly paid corporate executives, flush with tax-deductible taxpayer dollars, have plenty of reason to relish the right-wing assault on 'overpaid' public employees. But we can wipe that grin off their...

A New ‘State of Working America’

February 28, 2011 /


The folks over at the Economic Policy Institute in downtown Washington can sometimes sound like a broken record. But they should take that as a compliment, a tribute to their...

Taxes, Transparency, and Our Opaque Opulent

February 26, 2011 /

by Sam Pizzigati

Mega-millionaire residents of Manhattan's finest luxury towers pay less of their income in federal taxes than the janitors in their towers do. Once upon a time, we had a law that discouraged that distinction.

A Business Case for Greater Equality

February 13, 2011 /


The Nordic Way: Shared norms for the new reality. A report prepared for the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, January 2011. President Obama has opened 2011 preaching a new gospel:...

Debating Wealth’s Concentration

February 13, 2011 /


Most observers would likely rank the UK-based Economist as the world's most influential business news magazine. Week in and week out, the Economist offers perspectives that shape how corporate movers...

Ratcheting Up the Racial Divide

February 13, 2011 /


The United States, by some benchmarks, has made phenomenal racial progress over the years. In polite white company, for instance, no politico today would ever dare mutter the “N” word....

A Trade Union Push for Pay Caps

December 7, 2010 /


Executive pay Down Under is rising at an even faster rate that U.S. top exec pay, details a new Australian Council of Trade Unions report. Australia's trade unions are calling...

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