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.

Latest

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Time to Tax the 'Swanktuaries'

Luxury buildings drive up housing costs, suck up energy, and help rich people warehouse wealth. They should pay a lot more than property taxes.

White Amnesia and the Racial Wealth Divide

Chuck Collins speaks with Richard Rothstein about The Color of Law, his new book on the government's role in segregating the United States.
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Business Leaders Agree: Inequality Hurts The Bottom Line

A growing number of corporate leaders say it's time for them to start sharing the wealth.
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How to Reduce Poverty and Inequality Through State Government Taxes

As the new federal tax law slashes IRS bills for corporations and the wealthy, the momentum is growing for progressive state-level taxes that could recoup some of these resources.
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Taxing Wealth to Make Public College Free Again

California's ballot initiative aims to make college tuition-free by reinstating the estate tax.
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Wealth, Privilege, and Income Inequality

How did we get here, and where do we go next?
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A California Trend Worth Catching: College for All

America's left coast is showing how to break up concentrated wealth and fund higher education for all.
From Davos to Dystopia

Where Rich People Should Have Gone Instead of Davos: Home

If they want to save the world, people of means should invest in their own communities, pay their taxes, and support social movements.
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How to Make Lawmakers Rue the Day They Voted for This Scam of a Tax Bill

We can use this bill as a catalyst for the next wave of tax-fairness and economic-justice organizing.
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The GOP's Tax Breaks for the Private Jet Set

The GOP tax bill carves out special provisions for private jet owners, while their budget plan doubles fees for commercial passengers.
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She's The Poster Child for Estate Tax Repeal, but Her Sad Family Saga Doesn't Add Up

Noem perpetuates the “estate tax hurts farmers” argument using her life experience. The story she tells, however, does not line up with some very basic tenets of the tax code.
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Kristi Noem Is Cashing Millions in Taxpayer-Funded Subsidies While Claiming the Estate Tax Hurt Her Family

The South Dakota Congresswoman sits on the Congressional conference committee hashing out the final version of the Republican tax bill. Whose interests is she serving?

New Report Underscores Massive Tax Giveaways to Private Jet Set

The Private Jet Industry Spent $56 Million Dollars to Lobby Congress to Save More than $1 Billion in Taxes for America’s Most Affluent Fliers

Report: High Flyers 2017

How the private jet lobby shifts costs to the rest of us, threatens our security, and fuels a warming planet.
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The GOP Tax Bill Does Nothing to Address Our Racial Wealth Divide

Instead, they're prioritizing private jet ownership over home ownership.
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America’s Wealth Inequality Has Reached Staggering New Levels

Most concerning is the potential for these wealth hoarders to use their outsized bank accounts to buy outsized power over our government.
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Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates, and Warren Buffett Are Wealthier Than The Bottom Half of the Country Combined

That’s three people versus about 160 million people.
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Stop Talking About ‘Winners and Losers’ from Corporate Tax Cuts

No working person should pay more to reward billionaires and corporate tax dodgers.
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There Can Be No Genuine Tax Reform Without Addressing Hidden Wealth

The recently leaked Paradise Papers underscore the need to crack down on tax dodging instead of passing another giveaway for the wealthy.
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Report: Billionaire Bonanza 2017

The Forbes 400 and the Rest of Us

Program Director

Program on Inequality and the Common Good

chuck@ips-dc.org

617-477-8630 x404

Topics of Interest

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

In the News

Collins Walks Talk on Income Inequality

The Durango Herald | March 19, 2018

Why is Finland So Happy

Psychology Today | March 14, 2018

Conference Tackles Ills of Wealth Inequality

The Greenfield (MA) Recorder | March 12, 2018