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

Pay Up, Corporate Tax Dodgers

We’re chumps unless we force Congress to stop tax haven abuse.

Wisconsin 2.0: Stop the Corporate Tax Dodgers

Pay up! General Electric, Carnival Cruise lines, Boeing, FedEx, News Corp, ExxonMobil, Pfizer, Proctor and Gamble.

SOTU: Use Newfound Corporate Tax Revenue to Invest in America

Some of this revenue should be used for long overdue investments in education, health care, and energy retrofits.

Squeezing Ordinary Californians and New Yorkers

Governors Cuomo and Brown seem hell-bent on delivering a knockout blow to the mass middle class.

Rocky Times Ahead: Are You Ready?

At many crucial moments in our past, small groups have played an essential role in incubating the seeds of great change.

Celebrating Felice Yeskel

Felice was a remarkable trainer and public speaker on issues of class, human liberation and economic justice.

Obama Tax Deal Further Concentrates Wealth: Stop the Death Spiral to Plutocracy

President Obama’s tax deal fails the moral test by worsening America’s inequality of wealth and power.

The Problem with the Obama Tax Compromise

Should we really be negotiating with a party that is dominated by corporatists who are happy with the increasing concentration of wealth?

A $700 Billion Dilemma

Borrowing during hard times and making smart investments could boost future productivity and create good jobs.

Race and Economics: A Nation and Its Capital Divided

The best hope I see for the country and it’s cities, like Washington DC, is that sooner rather than latter the electorate recognizes that changing politicians isn’t a change we can believe in, rather the country must radically change the trickle down, deregulated economy which has maintained racial divisions and increased economic inequality.

Some Break Campaign Spending Records While Middle America Scrambles to Keep a Roof Overhead

The level of our political discourse has probably never been lower, while the level of cash spent on our electioneering has never been higher.

The Small Business Case for Ending Tax Cuts for the Wealthy

If Congress wants to help small businesses, they shouldn’t spend $700 billion over the next decade in poorly targeted tax cuts.

Washington at Work–for the Wealthy

Uncle Sam is concentrating America’s wealth, not sharing it.

Support Groups for Hard Times

How can Transition Towns and Common Security Clubs help us navigate a changing economy and environment?

One Decade Down, One Decade Wasted

The 21st century has opened with ten years that have seen the vast majority of Americans go backward economically. Just-released Census stats tell that tale–but not the whole income story.

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?