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

A Decade of Magical Tax Cut Thinking

June 2, 2011 /

by Chuck Collins

The 2001 Bush tax cuts added $2.5 trillion to the national debt and disproportionately benefited the wealthiest households. Have we learned anything? Republican leaders in Congress have a one-point program...

How Did We Ever Get Higher Ed Backwards?

May 21, 2011 /

by Sam Pizzigati

Back in the mid 20th century, colleges and universities helped America beat down economic inequality. Now they reinforce it. The American Dream isn’t quite unfolding the way Richard Silva expected....

Can Shareholders Stop Over-the-Top CEO Pay?

May 18, 2011 /


This year, for the first time, shareholders in the United States can vote on CEO pay. UK shareholders have had that right since 2002, but it hasn't slowed CEO pay excess. A new UK High Pay Commission report explores why.

Philanthropists Gone Wild: A Cautionary Tale

May 15, 2011 /

by Sam Pizzigati

Billionaire cash contributions have been cascading into America's most troubled school districts. Unfortunately, so have billionaire perspectives on education. Philanthropists can be bullies. They can — and do — use...

For Top 400 Taxpayers, a Near-Record Year

May 12, 2011 /


America's contemporary rich, new IRS data show, didn't quite match their all-time income record in 2008. But they scored their second-highest showing ever, despite the Great Recession. Their average income:...

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