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

Taxing Wealth to Make Public College Free Again

California’s ballot initiative aims to make college tuition-free by reinstating the estate tax.

Wealth, Privilege, and Income Inequality

How did we get here, and where do we go next?

No Love for Working Families This Valentine’s Day

A Pennsylvania secretary gets an extra $1.50 a week from the GOP tax bill. The Koch brothers get an extra $27 million.

The Super Bowl Should Support Communities, Not Displace Them

Minnesota activists have launched a week of resistance against racism, corporatism, and displacement caused by the Super Bowl in Minneapolis.

A California Trend Worth Catching: College for All

America’s left coast is showing how to break up concentrated wealth and fund higher education for all.

One Year of Trump: Boomtimes for Billionaires

The Trump tenure has been boom times for those at the top. For the rest of the country, economic opportunity looks bleak.

Where Rich People Should Have Gone Instead of Davos: Home

If they want to save the world, people of means should invest in their own communities, pay their taxes, and support social movements.

What Happens When Wall Street Becomes Your Landlord?

Wall Street rental empires pit the profits of investors against the needs of tenants — leading to absurd rent increases, dangerous negligence, and high eviction rates.

Do the Poor Deserve Health Care? These Politicians Say No.

Billionaire-backed politicians are turning Kentucky’s health care miracle into a tragedy.

Apple Avoided $40 Billion in Taxes. Now It Wants a Gold Star?

What Apple really unveiled were plans to collect a massive windfall from the GOP’s corporate tax handout.

America, Oprah is Not Your Savior

America has a history of looking to black women to save Americans from themselves — while not recognizing or respecting their efforts.

I Live in a ‘Shithole Country.’ It’s Called the United States.

A country’s greatness is measured not by its richest, but by how it treats its most vulnerable members. By that measure, we’re a certified shithole.

Who Owns Tips? If Trump’s Department of Labor Gets Its Way, Not Workers

A new proposal would take tips out of the hands of the people who earn them.

How to Make Lawmakers Rue the Day They Voted for This Scam of a Tax Bill

We can use this bill as a catalyst for the next wave of tax-fairness and economic-justice organizing.

Democrats Should Create Policies That Help the Black People Who Put Them In Power

They can start by addressing the racial wealth divide.

The GOP’s Tax Breaks for the Private Jet Set

The GOP tax bill carves out special provisions for private jet owners, while their budget plan doubles fees for commercial passengers.

She’s The Poster Child for Estate Tax Repeal, but Her Sad Family Saga Doesn’t Add Up

Noem perpetuates the “estate tax hurts farmers” argument using her life experience. The story she tells, however, does not line up with some very basic tenets of the tax code.

Kristi Noem Is Cashing Millions in Taxpayer-Funded Subsidies While Claiming the Estate Tax Hurt Her Family

The South Dakota Congresswoman sits on the Congressional conference committee hashing out the final version of the Republican tax bill. Whose interests is she serving?

A Cruel Holiday Gift for Refugee Families

For 60,000 Haitian immigrants, this holiday season is filled with fear and uncertainty.

Everyone Hates This Tax Bill

The more the public learns about the tax cut plan making its way through Congress, the more they hate it.