Chuck Collins is the Director the Program on Inequality and the Common Good at the Institute for Policy Studies where he co-edits Inequality.org. He is author of the popular book, Born on Third Base: A One Percenter Makes the Case for Tackling Inequality, Bringing Wealth Home, and Committing to the Common Good (Chelsea Green). His new book, Is Inequality in America Irreversible? is published by the Oxford, UK-based Polity Press.
He is an expert on U.S. inequality and the racial wealth divide and author of several books, including 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. He was featured in this interview in Sun Magazine.
He is co-author of several IPS reports including “The Road To Zero Wealth: How the Racial Wealth Divide is Hollowing Out America’s Middle Class,” “Billionaire Bonanza: The Forbes 400 and the Rest of Us” and “Gilded Giving: Top Heavy Philanthropy in an Age of Extreme Inequality.”
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.
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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.
Conservatives want you to believe that not having to choose between paying for rent or medicine is Soviet-style tyranny.
How can anyone, especially 30-somethings, afford to live in increasingly expensive cities?
State governments have many options for recouping the windfalls large corporations and the wealthy received through the 2017 Republican federal tax law.
Black and Latino unemployment hit historic lows in 2018, but this is not enough to close the enormous gaps in wealth.
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
Taxing wealth over $50 million would be an investment in protecting our country from the tyranny of a plutocracy.
And it’s not just about rich and poor. The racial wealth gap is damaging to the economy as a whole.
There are great moments in intellectual cross-fertilization. This may have been one of them.
The racial wealth divide is bringing down median wealth, while wealth at the very top soars.
Ninety years out from Dr. King's birth, the typical white family had 41 times more wealth than the typical Black family
Unemployment is low, but federal employees are lining up at food banks. They aren’t alone.
How Enriching the 1% Widens the Racial Wealth Divide
We must reform the rules governing philanthropy to encourage more broad-based participation and to reduce the risks of top-heavy, tax-avoidance giving.
Why billionaire philanthropy is problematic.
From speculation to vacancies, taxing high-end condos may be the solution to affordable housing Boston has been looking for.
Massive donations are great, but they mask a troubling trend.
Growing inequity in charitable giving continues to hold risks not only for nonprofits but for the entire nation.
Top-Heavy Philanthropy and Its Risks to the Independent Sector
In a rare instance of progressive preemption, the city's voters told private water corporations to leave them alone.