How a Global Tax on Billionaires Could Help End Extreme Poverty

How a Global Tax on Billionaires Could Help End Extreme Poverty

At the end of Thomas Piketty’s 2013 blockbuster Capital in the Twenty-First Century, the French economist makes a compelling case for a global wealth tax. Levying a tax on wealth, Piketty explains, would be a preferable alternative to global war or economic calamity,...
The Bad News about Good Census Numbers

The Bad News about Good Census Numbers

Poverty is down, median income is up and health coverage expanded last year. These gains are felt across all racial, ethnic, gender and age groups in the U.S. The gender pay gap, income inequality, unemployment rates – all decreasing. Both the poor and those with...
We Can Reverse Generations of Racial Economic Inequality

We Can Reverse Generations of Racial Economic Inequality

Without a course correction, French economist Thomas Piketty warned, we are hurtling toward a grotesquely unequal future. A future governed by a hereditary aristocracy composed of the progeny of today’s billionaires. In his assessment, however, Piketty overlooked the...
I Have a Master’s Degree and I’m Still Poor

I Have a Master’s Degree and I’m Still Poor

When I was young, I convinced myself that signing up for college was the best way for me to avoid being poor. Yet somehow how I still ended up poor. I was raised by a single mother who did her best to make sure that my brother and I had everything we needed. At times...
Our Childhood Poverty Is a Global Embarrassment

Our Childhood Poverty Is a Global Embarrassment

If a society is judged by how it treats its most vulnerable members, the United States just received an incredibly unflattering judgment. A new study published by the United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund, or UNICEF, ranked the wealthiest countries of the...
How the U.S.-Led War on Drugs Ravaged Central America

How the U.S.-Led War on Drugs Ravaged Central America

The United States has dumped billions of dollars into Central American security forces in recent years in the name of a militarized war on drugs. The approach, now widely regarded as a failure, has increased corruption, deteriorated human rights and exacerbated...
Class and The Movement for Black Lives

Class and The Movement for Black Lives

In the last couple of years there’s been an explosion of change within black America, a rise in the movement for black lives, and specifically organizations like Black Lives Matter. But it’s still within that context that various trends have started to...
The Housing Crisis Unfolding in America’s Destination Towns

The Housing Crisis Unfolding in America’s Destination Towns

Think back to your favorite vacation. Wouldn’t it be delightful if that trip never ended? Imagine moving to that fantastic destination town, finding a job and a house, and living the dream. Even if you had to wait tables or stock store shelves, who needs a desk job...
Pope, Post-partisanship, and Prisons

Pope, Post-partisanship, and Prisons

Pope-a-Palooza We all want a piece of the pope—or at least a piece of the Pope-a-Palooza. Here in DC, our hysteria greets the Catholic leader with bobble-headed popes, papal-themed cocktails and YOPO (“You Only Pope Once”) cologne. With the fanfare of an international...
Five Biggest Losers of the GOP Debate

Five Biggest Losers of the GOP Debate

None of the eleven candidates on stage came out the clear winner or loser after the second GOP debate last night. While differing slightly in style and delivery, the candidates tended to agree on their vision for the future of the country. That vision is frightening....
Blood from a Stone

Blood from a Stone

Like many other proud Greek-Americans, I’ve visited the country of my ancestors many times over the years. I even lived in Athens for two years while working for the U.S. government. I recently returned to Athens for a week to help the Greek government draft a new...
How America Is Failing Its Schools

How America Is Failing Its Schools

The 1983 blue-ribbon panel report A Nation At Risk exposed the dire state of America’s schools. The report was commissioned by Secretary of Education Terrel Bell to address “the widespread public perception that something is seriously remiss in our...
Guilty of Being Poor

Guilty of Being Poor

Here’s something you might not know about Ferguson, Missouri: In this city of 21,000 people, 16,000 have outstanding arrest warrants. In fact, in 2013 alone, authorities issued 9,000 warrants for over 32,000 offenses. That’s one-and-a-half offenses for every resident...
Film: The Homestretch

Film: The Homestretch

The Homestretch follows three remarkable homeless teens as they fight to stay in school, graduate, and build a more stable future. Each of these smart, resilient teenagers – Roque, Kasey, and Anthony – challenge stereotypes of homelessness as they work to complete...