The Real Driver Of Rising Inequality

By Lance Taylor, -

Income distribution and employment are crucial macroeconomic indicators. Profits are key to distribution. Ther share in the value of output has risen steadily since around 1980. Households near [...]

Selling Lemonade To Save Your Mother’s Life? That’s American Healthcare For You

By Jamie Peck, -

When 11-year-old Nemiah Martinez of Las Cruces, New Mexico, found out her mom needed money to help her get a kidney and pancreas transplant, she didn’t waste time feeling sorry for herself. She [...]

The Crime Of Being Poor And Black

By Chris Hedges, -

NEWARK, N.J.—This is the story of Emmanuel Mervilus, who got locked up for a crime he did not commit, whose life was derailed and nearly destroyed by the experience and who will graduate this [...]

Addressing Systemic Challenge At The Heart Of Escalating Inequality And Environmental Destruction

By Ted Howard, -

Let me be clear: I recognize that everyone in this room is doing extraordinary work, has devoted your lives to this cause, and are making some real difference – but in the main the difference is [...]

The Oligarchs’ ‘Guaranteed Basic Income’ Scam

By Chris Hedges, -

A number of the reigning oligarchs—among them Mark Zuckerberg (net worth $64.1 billion), Elon Musk (net worth $20.8 billion), Richard Branson (net worth $5.1 billion) and Stewart Butterfield (net [...]

Students, Youth Speak About War, Inequality At DC March For Our Lives Rally

By Tom Hall, -

An estimated 800,000 people descended on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, DC for the national March for Our Lives rally on Saturday. The turnout for the DC march, the largest of 800 [...]

The U.S. Spends Far Too Little On Social Welfare

By Nathaniel Lewis, -

The US government has a spending problem. Given the country’s level of wealth, the government spends far too little — at least $1.6 trillion a year too little — on social welfare. This [...]

No CEO Should Earn 1,000 Times More Than A Regular Employee

By Sarah Anderson and Sam Pizzigati, -

The CEO of Marathon Petroleum, Gary Heminger, took home an astonishing 935 times more pay than his typical employee in 2017. In other words, one of Marathon’s gas station workers would have to [...]

Growing Apart: A Political History Of American Inequality

By Colin Gordon, -

In December 2013, a year into his second term, Barack Obama identified“dangerous and growing inequality and lack of upward mobility” as “the defining challenge of our time.” That observation — [...]

Business Leaders Agree: Inequality Hurts The Bottom Line

By Chuck Collins, -

A growing number of corporate leaders say it's time for them to start sharing the wealth. For decades, big business leaders have warned that redistributing wealth is bad for business. Taxing the [...]

“If Poor People Knew How Rich Rich People Are, There Would Be Riots In The Streets”

By David F. Ruccio, -

All the experts agree—from Thomas Piketty and the other members of the World Inequality Lab team to John C. Weicher of the conservative Hudson Institute—that inequality in the United States, [...]

The Wealthy, The Poor, The Vulnerable

By Sam Pizzigati, -

In our deeply unequal age, we’ve become accustomed to talking about concepts like income and wealth, affluence and poverty. Researchers at the OECD, the developed world’s official economic [...]

The Strategy Of The 1% And Ours

By Raúl Zibechi, -

In recent days two facts illuminate the strategy of the richest 1 percent of humanity. Towards the end of January the media divulged an Oxfam study, wherein is asserts that of all the wealth [...]

How Rich Are The Rich? If Only You Knew

By Gil B. Manzon Jr., -

“If poor people knew how rich rich people are, there would be riots in the streets.” Actor and comedian Chris Rock made this astute statement during a 2014 interview with New York magazine, [...]

Poverty: American Style

By Kenneth Surin, -

In December last year, United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Professor Philip Alston, issued a statement on his 15-day fact-finding mission of some of the U.S.’s [...]