Inequality and the Common Good
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Chuck Collins is a senior scholar at the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) and directs IPS's Program on Inequality and the Common Good. He is an expert on U.S. inequality and author of several books, including Economic Apartheid in America: A Primer on Economic Inequality and Insecurity, co-authored with Felice Yeskel. (New Press, 2005). He co-authored with Bill Gates Sr. 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.
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.
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.
A Decade of Magical Tax-Cut Thinking
May 30 - The 2001 Bush tax cuts added $2.5 trillion to the national debt and disproportionately benefited the wealthiest households. Have we learned anything? Published in Common Dreams and The Winona (MN) Daily News and The Providence Journal.
Tax Loopholes and the GE Hoax
April 20 - On tax day, millions of Americans paid their taxes, but GE was not among them. WNYC interview commenting on the US Uncut hoax on General Electric.
What Would Jesus Tax?
April 15 - The prophetic Jesus would turn our head in different direction from the place where current budget and taxation decisions are focused.