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

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 /

by Inequality.org


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 /

by Inequality.org


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...

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