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

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:...

We’re Not Broke, Just Twisted

May 12, 2011 /

by Chuck Collins

Government must stop doling out ever-larger tax breaks to the super-rich and vast corporations.  Have you heard? America is broke, according to many governors and lawmakers. They're calling for deep cuts...

Deconstructing the Paul Ryan Sound Bite

May 7, 2011 /

by Sam Pizzigati

Real policy wonks bore people. The phony wonk from Wisconsin now driving Congress seduces, with a patter that leaves our wealthy almost completely disappeared. Rep. Paul Ryan from Wisconsin revels...

A Window into America’s Executive Suites

April 25, 2011 /


The data in the latest executive compensation survey from the AFL-CIO effectively debunk the justifications for excessive pay that come from CEO flacks — and buttress the Dodd-Frank reform act provision that requires major firms to disclose the pay ratio between their top execs and typical workers.

The Hazards in Our Fairytale Marketplace

April 25, 2011 /

by Sam Pizzigati

We’ve come to expect, here early in the 21st century, that business will abuse workers, at every opportunity. We’ve watched corporate leaders downsize and outsource, slash benefits, raid pension funds,...

Our Trickle-Down Achievement Gap

April 18, 2011 /


Growing economic inequality, new research details, is translating into an ever greater achievement gap in America's classrooms. His vitally important central finding: That achievement gap most certainly — and most...

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