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

Church in Our Times: Spirit and Security in the Face of Reality

People are forming groups where they can face the reality that we are not going back to a growth economy, that our earth is truly imperiled, and that we must create the new world now.

Wall St. Bonuses Come at a Bad Time

Why has the financial industry recovered so quickly, when the rest of America is still hurting?

Supremely Wrong: The Court Promotes Corporate Rule Over Healthy Democracy

The Supreme Court’s ruling to permit unlimited corporate financing in elections will open the floodgates of increased corporate influence over our democratic electoral process.

Break up with Your Wall Street Credit Card

Do you feel a warm fuzzy attachment to your credit card? No? You feel abused? So why do you keep going back?

Dream Fulfilled? King, the Civil Rights Movement and Obama’s America

Dedrick Muhammad gives a presentation on Black History Month.

The State of Martin Luther King Jr.’s Dream in 2010

Racial inequality is a reality we still need to address four decades after MLK’s assassination.

2010: Lets Get America Working Again

This year, we need to recognize that the government, not the private sector, is the best tool for job creation.

Stephen King Meets the Estate Tax

What horrors will befall our nation’s wealthy when one of the most bizarre twists in tax legislation in history comes to pass?

What Obama is Getting Wrong About Economic Recovery

Obama needs new, bold ideas to get Americans back on their feet and out of recession.

Job Creation: Change Obama Needs to Believe In

With the unemployment rate still in double digits, the Obama administration must step up to the plate and strengthen the job market.

Estate Tax Breathes Life into Economy

Congress had to act swiftly to preserve the substance and the meaning of the estate tax.

Thanksgiving: Time to Consider Native Americans’ Plight

The nation needs to commit itself to lasting Native American advancement.

Challenges to Native American Advancement: The Recession and Native America

Despite some growth, many disparities remain among indigenous Americans.

Neighbors Banding Together in Tough Times

Wall Street might be bouncing back, but what about the rest of us?

Five Benefits of Common Security Clubs Economic Solidarity

These organizations can be a source of comfort and strength in a time of financial uncertainty.

An Estate Tax Victory by Any Other Name

A powerful lobby that’s spent a decade trying to eliminate the estate tax is changing their tune.

Billionaires Thank Tea-Baggers at Glenn Beck’s March on Washington

The Billionaires motto is: “If we’re not broke, don’t fix it.”

The Recession’s Racial Divide

African Americans are taking on the brunt of the recession with disproportionately high rates of unemployment and foreclosure.

Executive Excess 2009: America’s Bailout Barons

The 16th annual Institute for Policy Studies “Executive Excess” report exposes this year’s windfalls for top financial bailout recipients.

Taxing Wealth for the Common Good

Business leaders and wealthy individuals call for a repeal of the Bush-era taxes on high incomes.