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 more half-measures — It’s time for ‘Medicare for All’

Every other industrialized country has already made the transition and seen both improved health outcomes and reduced costs.

It’s Too Easy for the Ultra-Rich to Pass Down Wealth. Here’s How to Fix That

Hint: simply increasing the progressive income tax on top earners isn’t enough.

The Carcinogens That Come in Pay Envelopes

Cancer-treatment executives are reaping fortunes off deeply misleading marketing strategies.

Can the Next Congress Chase Down America’s Runaway Wealth?

The last Congress ensured that America’s wealth will concentrate ever more rapidly at the very top — unless the next one does something about it.

Gilded Giving 2018: Top-Heavy Philanthropy and Its Risks to the Independent Sector

Growing inequity in charitable giving continues to hold risks not only for nonprofits but for the entire nation.

Report: Gilded Giving 2018

Top-Heavy Philanthropy and Its Risks to the Independent Sector

Some Leveraging Inspiration from Old Archimedes

If that ancient Greek could move the world, we can certainly move Walmart.

The House Has Gone Democratic. Can It Now Go Bold?

Vague rhetoric about ‘access to health care’ and ‘good jobs’ won’t challenge the plutocracy that keeps our lives brutal. These proposals could.

Baltimore Voters Stand Up to Water Privatization

In a rare instance of progressive preemption, the city’s voters told private water corporations to leave them alone.

America’s Wealth Dynasties Are Getting Even Bigger

The three wealthiest U.S. families own a combined fortune of $348.7 billion. While some earned it, many simply inherited it, and that’s a problem.

Mouthy Moguls: Our Latest Disappearing Species

What do America’s billionaires feel about the burning issues of the day? They’d rather not say — in public.

Trump Returns to an Old Formula: Lies and Hatred

The president is putting up a dirty fight to maintain the Republican majority in Congress.

The Wealth of America’s Three Richest Families Grew by 6,000 Percent Since 1982

Three US families have a combined wealth of $348.7bn. As their generations expand, we are are drifting toward a society governed by the rich.

Help Spread the Word: #BillionaireBonanza2018

Help us spread the word about our new report: Billionaire Bonanaza 2018

Time for a Tax on Billionaire Wealth Dynasties

Now just three families own a combined fortune of $348.7 billion, which is four million times the median wealth of a U.S. family

Promoting Luxury Housing with an Ironic Twist

The artist behind a provocative faux sales office highlights the dangers of Boston’s luxury housing boom.

No One in the United States Should Be Poor, Period

Amazon’s wage hike is welcome news, but nobody’s well-being should depend on the whims of billionaire CEOs.

Trump, Kavanaugh and the Myth of Self-Made Success

The United States is not yet a country with a hereditary aristocracy of wealth and power, but unless we address the persistent inequalities around us, we are drifting in that direction.

Trump and the Dynasty Defense Industry

The president wouldn’t have his billions without the professionalized wealth protection racket.

Boston’s Luxury Housing Boom Is Expanding The City’s Racial and Class Divides

Secretly owned — and often uninhabited — luxury condos are driving up rents for all Bostonians. What can the city do?