Program on Inequality and the Common Good

Extreme inequalities of income, wealth and opportunity undercut democracy, social solidarity and mobility, economic stability, and many other aspects of our personal and public lives.  The Program on Inequality and the Common Good focuses on these and other dangers that income disparities pose for the U.S.

Through research and reporting, this program encourages policy interventions that can reduce extreme wealth inequality, and close the growing gap between the rich and poor. Recent reports have examined the estate tax, the racial wealth gap, inequality in philanthropy, and other topics related to extreme wealth concentration. The central theme of the program is that without significant reform and a systemic view of inequality on both a national and global level, the overall wealth divide will continue to grow exponentially.

Latest Work

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On Fighting Inequality, Which Nations Do More than Pay Lip Service?

Two global groups have joined to create a first-ever yardstick for holding our world's top politicos accountable, nation by nation, for narrowing our grand divides.
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Republicans are Right: Going to College Hurts

Women owe two-thirds of the nation’s outstanding $1.3 trillion student loan debt.
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How We Can Transition to a “Bottom Up” Economy

Three ways to rewire the economy for equality and ecological sustainability.
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Now Eric Trump is Accused of Stealing from a Cancer Charity

Just another chapter in the weird stories of the first family.
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The New Predators in an Old Mortgage Scam

The Contract Buyers League thought they stamped out predatory contracts for deeds, but thanks to private equity firms, these practices targeting low-income communities of color have resurfaced.
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Can the EU Pass a Speculation Tax?

As EU negotiators struggle to reach the finish line on a financial transaction tax agreement, 52 industry professionals issue a joint statement in support.
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The Seattle Minimum Wage Study Is Utter B.S.

Fortunately for workers, credible research still points to raising the minimum wage as one reliable solution to the scourge of inequality.
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How Wealth Managers Undermine Society and What We Can Do About It

An expert explains how shadowy practitioners of financial trickery help facilitate widespread tax evasion — and undermine democratic government.
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Companies Can Either Make Things Or Make CEOs Rich

Making breakthroughs for consumers is hard, companies have found. But making fortunes for CEOs is easy.
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Honor Juneteenth by Closing the Racial Wealth Divide

Even over 150 years after slavery, black families still lag centuries behind whites in household wealth.
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Who's To Blame for Inequality?

Deep pockets are pushing to place the blame on firms that can't keep up with the top 5% of companies, and want to see labor rights slashed accordingly.
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How to Go the Resistance Distance: Pop-Up Schools for Novice Activists

Modeled after the Civil Rights Era’s citizenship and freedom schools, the new Sojourner Truth School for Social Change Leadership teaches skills for the Trump Era.
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The Growing Problem of Hidden Wealth

The more wealth the super rich pile up, new research details, the more taxes they maneuver to evade.
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Congress Wants to Cut Your Health Care — And Billionaires’ Taxes

But health care costs, not corporate taxes, are the real drain on the U.S. economy.
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Automation Kills Jobs and Brings Mass Poverty. Call That Progress?

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Remembering the Insider Who Blew the Whistle on Corporate Greed

Graef Crystal proved that corporations won't police themselves. Maybe good policies can.
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CEOs Now Make 300 Times More Than Their Workers. This City Is Putting a Stop to That.

Abandoned by Congress, Portland is putting an end to its staggering CEO-worker pay ratio.

Tightening the Strings on CEOs Jeopardizing Work Safety

Corporate CEOs are cheering a new White House executive order that lets them keep cheating on the taxpayer dime. But taxpayers may well be wising up.
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A Tax Plan Only a One Percenter Could Love

Instead of helping average working families, Trump's tax agenda actually targets those already most vulnerable.
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The History of Taxes, in One Mega-Rich Family

The Rockefellers saw their wealth slimmed down by taxes—but it grew back.
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In the News

Trump urges 6th District voters to back Karen Handel

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution | June 20, 2017

Flashpoints – June 14, 2017

94.1 KPFA | June 14, 2017

The world’s greediest CEO: Hunter Harrison

People's World | April 20, 2017

Corporate Boons in Republican Health Care Bill Draw Fire

Courthouse News Service | March 8, 2017

Why Trumpism Is Here to Stay

Washington Monthly | March 1, 2017