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

No Country for Rich Men

From Manhattan to Monaco, the world’s wealthiest people are disconnecting into a class of stateless transients.

Bank of America’s Healthier Roots

Founder Amadeo P. Giannini built a booming business while helping others improve their lot and their communities.

Chuck Collins on Marketplace

The author of “99 to 1: How Wealth Inequality Is Wrecking the World and What We Can Do About It” talks about how the Obama administration deals with inequality, what social movements can do to make their voices heard, and what fellow 1% youth Mitt Romney was like.

A Rich Man’s Message to America: You Need Us To Get Even Richer!

How can you tell a really smart rich guy from a really silly one? The really smart one would never spend four years writing a book that tries to justify the incredible riches of incredibly rich people. Mega-millionaire Edward Conard has done just that.

Shortchanging America

Verizon is the poster child for corporate irresponsibility.

Bank CEOs Gain as Millions Lose Dreams, Retirement to Foreclosure

While foreclosures have devastated the financial security of millions of American families, the CEOs of Wells Fargo and Bank of America have seen their retirement packages balloon.

Helmsley and the ‘Little People’

America needs a tax system that meets our needs to pay for good schools along with safe and dependable infrastructure.

The ‘Buffet’ Rule’: Winning the Debate but Losing the Vote

Chuck Collins, author of the newly released “99 to 1: How Wealth Inequality Is Wrecking the World and What We Can Do About It” weighs in on the U.S. News & World Report debate over a potential new tax for top-earners.

Pothole Nation

We can thank inequality for America’s inadequate — and increasingly unsafe — basic infrastructure.

99 to 1: How Wealth Inequality Is Wrecking the World and What We Can Do About It

Chuck Collins’ new book provides revealing and powerful information about inequality in all realms of today’s world, including individual wealth and power, corporate wealth and power, media control, political influence, and other areas.

Washington Journal Discusses Wealth Inequality

Chuck Collins visited C-SPAN to talk about his new book, “99 to 1: How Wealth Inequality is Wrecking Our World and What We Can Do About It.”

Rich Freeloaders

It’s time for wealthy people like me to become more responsible and pay our fair share of taxes.

The 99 Percent Spring

The people aren’t powerless in the face of extreme inequality.

Corporate Campaign Spending: They Get What They Pay for

For America’s corporations, it pays to get involved in elections. This might be good for business, but it’s bad for politics.

Happy Days Here Again, 21st Century-Style

Great economic cataclysms have in the past knocked the super rich off their stride. Our Great Recession’s deep pockets, stunning new income data show, are bucking the historical tide.

Job-Killing Tax Breaks

If the government is going to give anyone tax breaks, they should give them to people like me before I became an entrepreneur.

The Spirit Level: Inequality Coming to a Theater Near You

The landmark 2010 book by British epidemiologists Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett gets a fresh new visual dimension.

Another Wealthy Executive Seeks To Dodge Prison

Last week, in a New York courtroom, memories of a forgotten tragedy edged back onto the public stage.

Karen Dolan Weighs in on Romney’s Latest Gaffe

The “ample safety net” that Mitt referenced during an interview with CNN’s Soledad O’Brien would be shredded if his policies were to be enacted.

A Better Way of Measuring Progress in Maryland

GDP doesn’t measure most of what’s necessary for a good life.