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Inequality and the Common Good

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Inequality and the Common Good

Chuck Collins

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.

Recent Work

Unnecessary Austerity, Unnecessary Shutdown
April 7 - Reversing tax giveaways to the super-rich and the nation's largest corporations could raise $4 trillion within a decade and avert possible government closures. Published in San Diego Union-Tribune and Blog Critics and CBS Business Network and Boston Globe and AlterNet and The Nation and Progressive States Network and Scoop Independent News and Deseret News and Axcess News and Memphis Flyer and The Chico (CA) News & Review and ConsortiumNews.com and ConsortiumNews.com.

Hey Congress, Want $400 Billion in New Annual Revenue?
April 4 - Government must stop doling out ever-larger tax breaks to the superrich and vast corporations. Published in The Wayne (NY) Post and The San Antonio Express-News and The Providence Journal.

General Electric: King of the Tax Dodgers
March 25 - Between 2006 and 2010, GE earned $26.3 billion in profits and paid no U.S. taxes, yet received $4.2 billion in tax refunds.

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