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

A Primer for Taming Corporate Power

For social change, slow and steady may win the race.

Austerity Will Leave Us Crying ’96 Tears’

But America’s wealthy don’t seem to mind.

The Art of Inequality

Monumental gifts to museums are coinciding with the erosion of arts programs at the nation’s public schools.

Shouldn’t We Base Our Tax Policy on More than Hunches?

The latest economic evidence supports raising taxes on the richest Americans.

A Wall Street Powerhouse Attorney Talks Sense

Taxes can do more than simply raise revenue.

Transplanting Taxes from Corporations to the Rest of Us

American taxpayers are increasingly picking up the tab for unpaid corporate taxes.

Inequality Is Hurting Us All

If the levels of greater income equality of 1968 still prevailed today, the poorest fifth of Marylanders would be earning twice what they take home now.

Happy Birthday, Dear Income Tax

Here are five lessons for progressives from our first century of income taxes.

The Dropped Ball

While the White House and much of the media spun the hurried late-night move as a victory for the middle class, it was a win paid for with new tax cuts worth hundreds of billions of dollars for America’s wealthiest families.

The fiscal cliff … of ’32

Eighty years ago, just like today, a fiscal crisis almost totally dominated the nation’s capital.

In Fact, Fairly Taxing the Rich Won’t Scare Them Away

Recent research debunks some of the most common arguments against raising taxes on the richest Americans.

We’re Not Broke

This commonsense guide to avoiding the fiscal swindle would nearly eliminate the budget deficit while making the United States more equitable, green, and secure.

For Pete’s Sake, What’s Happened to Our Democracy?

One billionaire has the wherewithal to totally redirect America’s political discourse.

To Move Forward, We Must Learn from Our Progressive Past

Yesterday’s ideas about curbing the ultra-rich’s power remain just as relevant as ever.

Inequality-Fighting Lawmakers Win Big

Members of Congress whose votes favor the 99 percent fared well on Election Day.

The Invisible Hand Won’t Stop Inequality in Its Tracks

We’ll have more economic and climate disasters on Sandy’s scale unless our political systems intervene.

Beyond the Jobs Report: A Call for a Transformational Economy

Those job numbers are good for Obama, but don’t say whether the economy is truly getting healthier.

The Dead-End Servant Economy

We’re going down the road toward becoming a nation of servants.

10 Filthy-Rich, Tax-Dodging Hypocrites Pushing Disastrous Austerity on America

The Fix the Debt coalition is using the so-called “fiscal cliff” to push the same old corporate agenda of more tax breaks while shifting the burden on to the rest of us.

Where’s Joe the Plumber When You Need Him?

Without someone at least ranting about sharing the wealth, no one’s talking about sharing the wealth.