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

Planet CEO vs. Planet Worker

Realigning the interests of CEOs with their employees and the rest of our country would be good for the economy and national morale.

Sticking Together in Tough Times

With more workers facing long-term joblessness, the unemployed are working together for change.

Dishonoring MLK’s Legacy

What do Beck, Palin, and the NRA have to do with the 1963 March on Washington?

Beware of the Cowardly Deficit Vulture

It nests with corporations, squawking for tax breaks, bailouts and military contracts that have little to do with national security.

The Business Case Against Overseas Tax Havens

Why are small businesses paying more in taxes than huge corporations?

The United States and South Africa Share Great Challenges

Both the United States and South Africa, despite black leadership and multicultural societies, still labor under the legacy of segregation and inequality.

The Plutocracy Prevention Act

One hundred years after a graduated estate tax was first conceived, Senate progressives are bringing back the proposal.

Finally, A Progressive Estate Tax Introduced

Senate progressives have introduced a responsible estate tax act.

Resurrect the Estate Tax

How can a civilized nation afford to hand the heirs of the super-rich billions of dollars tax-free and not afford to keep teachers in classrooms?

The Latino Mob, Affirmative Action, Hezbollah Beauty Pageant Conspiracy

A non-white Miss America winner? Clearly something suspicious is going on.

The Lost Chapters of Malcolm X

And a discussion on the racial divide in honor of his 85th birthday.

Neighbors for a New Economy

Building a new economy is tough. One group of neighbors decided to do it together.

Water Awareness: 2 Million Bostonians Discover Our Water Commons

The water emergency was a curious gift in water mindfulness for an entire metropolitan area.

How to Talk to a Tea Party Activist

Progressives and tea party activists: Where we agree, disagree, and how we can find common good.

The Parable of the Taxpayer

A parable to remind of us all the things we take for granted while we’re griping about Tax Day.

Tax Day Talking Points

There are two tax systems in America today: one for the privileged and one for everyone else.

Shifting Responsibility

IPS scholars track how 50 years of tax breaks benefited the wealthiest Americans.

Reverse the Tax Shift

When rich individuals and corporations don’t pay their fair share, the bills get passed to the middle class.

Did America’s Founders Want Government Small?

They wanted to limit what today’s conservatives celebrate–the concentration of wealth.

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.