Chuck Collins is the Director of IPS’s Program on Inequality and the Common Good where he co-edits Inequality.org. His latest book is Born on Third Base: A One Percenter Makes the Case for Tackling Inequality, Bringing Wealth Home, and Committing to the Common Good (Chelsea Green).

He is an expert on U.S. inequality and author of several books, including the report, “Reversing Inequality: Unleashing the Transformative Potential of an Equitable Economy” (Next System Project).

Other books include: 99 to 1: How Wealth Inequality is Wrecking the World and What We Can Do About It. He is co-author with Bill Gates Sr. of Wealth and Our Commonwealth, (Beacon Press, 2003), a case for taxing inherited fortunes. He is co-author with Mary Wright of The Moral Measure of the Economy, a book about Christian ethics and economic life. His next book, Is Inequality in America Irreversible, will be published in March 2018 by the UK-based Polity Press.

He is co-founder of Wealth for the Common Good, a network of business leaders, high-income households and partners working together to promote shared prosperity and fair taxation. This network merged in 2015 with the Patriotic Millionaires. In 1995, he co-founded United for a Fair Economy (UFE) to raise the profile of the inequality issue and support popular education and organizing efforts to address inequality. He was Executive Director of UFE from 1995-2001 and Program Director until 2005.

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Groups that represent real small farmers with tractors actually support estate tax reform.

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Racial Inequality Is Hollowing Out America’s Middle Class

As our country becomes more diverse, our racial wealth gap means it's also becoming poorer.

It's Not Too Late to Reverse the Road to Zero Wealth for Households of Color

No savings, investments or home equity. This economic dystopia looms for minority families, and so does a choice: Do we want America to be more like Brazil or Canada?

Report: The Road to Zero Wealth

How the Racial Wealth Divide is Hollowing Out America’s Middle Class
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Stop the Buzz Killing Beer Barons

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Wall Street Loan Sharks Preying on Neighborhoods

Alumni of the Contract Buyers League regroup to fight back.

Report: Reversing Inequality

Unleashing the Transformative Potential of an Equitable Economy
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A Private-Sector Case Against Exploitation

In his new book, Peter Georgescu argues that capitalists have a vested interest in curbing wealth inequality.

8 Lessons U.S. Progressives Can Learn From the U.K. Labour Party

As of mid-July, Labour is 8 percentage points ahead of the Conservatives. Here’s how they did it.
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How Tax-Dodging Billionaires Use Farmers as Props

Urban billionaires are trotting out the tractors and overalls in a bizarre effort to roll back their taxes.
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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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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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This Is What Reparations Could Actually Look Like In America

A tax on concentrated would have a positive impact on the economy for everyone, reducing the racialized, distorting impact of concentrated wealth.
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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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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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Wealthy Heir Says: "Tax Me!"

A beneficiary of family wealth speaks out against a Washington, D.C. proposal to pay for estate tax cuts by shortchanging public services.
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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.

Program Director

Program on Inequality and the Common Good

chuck@ips-dc.org

617-477-8630 x301

Topics of Interest

Dynasty Trusts, Estate tax, Hidden Wealth, Inequality, New Economy, Offshore Taxes, Philanthropy, Progressive Populism, Racial Wealth Gap, Tax Reform, Tax subsidies