Program on Inequality and the Common Good

Extreme inequalities of income, wealth and opportunity undercut democracy, social solidarity and mobility, economic stability, and many other aspects of our personal and public lives.  The Program on Inequality and the Common Good focuses on these and other dangers that income disparities pose for the U.S.

Through research and reporting, this program encourages policy interventions that can reduce extreme wealth inequality, and close the growing gap between the rich and poor. Recent reports have examined the estate tax, the racial wealth gap, inequality in philanthropy, and other topics related to extreme wealth concentration. The central theme of the program is that without significant reform and a systemic view of inequality on both a national and global level, the overall wealth divide will continue to grow exponentially.

Latest Work

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Disrupting Narratives That Justify Inequality and Poverty

Chuck Collins speaks with Project Twist-It's Mary O'Hara about narratives that individualize the causes of structural inequality and serve the interests of powerful elites.
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Bring Back Eisenhower Socialism

Conservatives want you to believe that not having to choose between paying for rent or medicine is Soviet-style tyranny.

The Role of Family Wealth in Reinforcing Generational Divides

How can anyone, especially 30-somethings, afford to live in increasingly expensive cities?
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What States Can Do to Reduce Poverty and Inequality Through Tax Policy

State governments have many options for recouping the windfalls large corporations and the wealthy received through the 2017 Republican federal tax law.
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Taxing the Rich Is Bold — Can It Be Sustainable Too?

Innovative proposals like tying income tax rates for America's riches to the minimum wage for America's poorest could help high tax rates survive over the long haul.
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How the Age of Billionaires Ends

Serious proposals are on the table to address the deepening divide between the uber-rich and the rest of us.
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The Best Month for Egalitarians on Capitol Hill Since 1932

Those rare moments when our political class suddenly starts viewing the nation's richest through a skeptical lens can help trigger real social change.
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Racism Props Up America's Richest — Here's How We Fix it

Black and Latino unemployment hit historic lows in 2018, but this is not enough to close the enormous gaps in wealth.
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Bernie's Latest Proposal Attempts to Reign in the Influence of America's Wealthiest Families

Sanders' new 'For the 99.8% Act' is squarely aimed at preventing the children of today's billionaires from dominating our future democracy, economy, culture and philanthropy
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A Wealth Tax Could Raise Trillions — and Save Our Democracy

Taxing wealth over $50 million would be an investment in protecting our country from the tyranny of a plutocracy.
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The Shutdown Made Inequality Worse

The new Congress needs to prioritize economic policies that empower low-wealth families.
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Black America's Vanishing Wealth Is Bad For All Americans

The racial wealth divide gives billionaires more power over all of us. The answer? Reparations.
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New Study Shows Wealth Inequality Hits Communities of Color Hardest

And it’s not just about rich and poor. The racial wealth gap is damaging to the economy as a whole.
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The Beauty Industry Profits from Inequality

In a world where wealth concentrates ferociously, we can't escape the ugliness our grand divides engender.
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Senator Warren's Wealth Tax: The Moment of Conception

There are great moments in intellectual cross-fertilization. This may have been one of them.
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The Moderate’s Case for a Maximum Wage

Democrats have enough heft in Congress to force floor debates on proposals that meaningfully target inequality, but they'll need support from their moderate contingent if any real change is to occur.
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How the 1% Profit Off of Racial Economic Inequality

The racial wealth divide is bringing down median wealth, while wealth at the very top soars.
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An MLK Day Reflection: The Racial Wealth Gap Is Killing the Middle Class

Ninety years out from Dr. King's birth, the typical white family had 41 times more wealth than the typical Black family
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The Deep-Pocket Push to Deep-Six Public Schools

The backstory to the showdown in Los Angeles between teachers and billionaires.
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When Corporations Pay CEOs Way More Than Employees, Make Them Pay!

Portland’s groundbreaking strategy for curbing executive compensation should be a model for the rest of the country.

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In the News

Stop bragging about minority unemployment rates

The La Crosse (WI) Tribune | February 19, 2019

Why Trump Won’t Get the Black Vote

The Progressive | February 11, 2019

How enriching the 1% impoverishes communities of color

The Vermont Conversation | February 7, 2019

Trump Capitulates, Temporarily Ending Shutdown

Rising Up with Sonali | January 25, 2019

A Tax the Rich Can’t Avoid

In These Times | January 24, 2019

Dr. King, Racial Equality, and Deferred Dreams

94.1 KPFA | January 17, 2019

If income gap is a chasm, wealth gap is Grand Canyon

People's World | January 17, 2019

WHY RACIAL ECONOMIC DISPARITY KEEPS GROWING IN THE U.S.

Pacific Standard | January 16, 2019

Policies Favoring Wealthy Are Widening Racial Wealth Gap, Study Finds

Philanthropy News Digest | January 15, 2019