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

Understanding Our National Empathy Deficit

August 11, 2011 /


The life experiences of the wealthy, new psychological research suggests, leaves the rich less compassionate and altruistic than people of more modest means. Patriotism, as Samuel Johnson suggested long ago,...

Endless Political Paralysis: The New Normal?

August 7, 2011 /

by Sam Pizzigati

The American political system isn't working for average Americans anymore. Don't blame the Tea Party, new research suggests. Blame inequality. In a sensible republic, democratically elected leaders come together in...

The Unfair Distribution of Workplace Rewards

August 5, 2011 /


The private sector's declining union presence, two top sociologists contend, explains a major chunk of America's growing wage inequality. In the 1950s, Sears Roebuck, a nonunion employer, dominated the American...

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