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

Trump and His Many Billionaire Enablers

Trump didn’t get here on his own. Many have enabled him, especially the billionaires who funneled money his way and then stood by as he damaged our democracy.

MacKenzie Scott’s Bold and Direct Giving Puts Shame to the Billionaire Class and Their Perpetual Private Foundations.

The billionaire philanthropist continues to defy the charitable norms of the 1 percent.

Celebrating the Passage of the Corporate Transparency Act

This week, Congress takes a meaningful step toward eliminating anonymous shell corporations.

Billionaire Made $1 Trillion Since COVID-19. They Can Afford to Protect Their Workers.

In a holiday shopping season with rampant rates of COVID-19 infection, we must protect frontline workers before it’s too late.

U.S. Billionaire Wealth Surges Past $1 Trillion Since Beginning of Pandemic — Total Grows to $4 Trillion

The total wealth of U.S. billionaires reaches $4 trillion, over $1 trillion of which has been gained since the beginning of the pandemic.

In Arizona, a Progressive Ballot Victory Exposes the Inequitable Federal Treatment of State and Local Taxes

The Trump 2017 tax act penalizes states that tax income responsibly.

Facing Holiday Rush, Frontlines Retail Workers Urge Billionaire Bosses to Share the Wealth

This essential workforce is hustling to help holiday shoppers while also organizing hazard pay and other COVID-19 protections.

Why We Must Protect Essential Workers From Billionaire Pandemic Profiteers

Billionaires are sequestered in protective bubbles and private jets while essential workers are without adequate personal protective equipment.

Billionaire Wealth vs. Community Health

‘Billionaire Wealth vs. Community Health’ report urges Delinquent Dozen companies to protect workers from exploitative owners and executives.

One Key Overlooked Reason We Need the 2017 Trump Tax Act Axed — ASAP

The longer the law remains on the books, the tighter the squeeze on funding for state and local public services.

Donald Trump’s Abuse of the Conservation Easement Tax Loophole Shows How the Tax Code Favors the Ultra Rich

How to ‘donate’ land to a charity, but keep it for your own exclusive use.

U.S. Billionaires Wealth Surges $931 Billion since Beginning of Pandemic

An unseemly juxtaposition: 220,000 dead and millions lose their health, wealth and livelihoods.

Wealth Inequality in America: Far Beyond Extreme

The maldistribution of America’s income and wealth has reached levels that our conventional economic stats have trouble revealing.

U.S. Billionaire Wealth Is Up $850 Billion Since March 18th

U.S. billionaire wealth has climbed 28 percent since March 18th, 2020. During the same span, global billionaire wealth is up $1.5 trillion.

You Paid More Taxes Than Donald Trump

There are two tax systems in America: one for you and me, and one for the wealthiest 0.1 percent.

Ginsburg Would Want Women to Fight, Not Despair

The late justice dedicated her career to women and other marginalized Americans, and we owe her the same faith she had in us.

Remembering Bill Gates Sr.

He believed the estate tax was an “economic opportunity recycling program.”

FinCen Files Shine Spotlight on Suspicious Bank Transfers

The reporters behind the Panama Papers and the Paradise Papers gave more to share. We should pay attention.

In a Pandemic, We Need Democracy — Not Billionaire Charity

We need a movement to democratize philanthropy — and the concentrated wealth that increasingly defines it.

It Is Time to Levy a One-Time Pandemic Wealth Tax on Billionaires’ Windfall Gains

How we face this extraordinary inequality is the ultimate test of what kind of country we are and what we will become.