In "Capital," Piketty tracks as far back as he can the history of wealth inequality, which is also described as the history of inequality in the ownership of capital. In order to embark upon such a...
April 22, 2014 | Matt Bruenig
The recent op-ed from NAACP LDF president Sherrilyn Ifill on the recent McCutcheon ruling is a must read. In it, she implores us to focus in on the “devastating aspect” of Chief Justice John Roberts'...
April 22, 2014 | Brentin Mock
Is the liberal intelligentsia ignoring the fact that the rise of single-parent households over the past half century has been a major driver of inequality? Two researchers argue exactly that in a...
April 21, 2014 | David Callahan
Land Value Tax A Land Value Tax (LVT) is a tax on the unimproved value of a piece of land. It is similar to property taxes except that it is not assessed against the value of the buildings or...
April 21, 2014 | Matt Bruenig
Is reducing inequality a lost cause? It can sure feel that way given what's happened in the past few decades: Like two billion new workers showing up in the global economy ready to work at a fraction...
April 18, 2014 | David Callahan
Vishaan Chakrabarti has a great op-ed yesterday that asks a question that we've asked here before: Why does our government so heavily subsidize the suburbs when urban living makes more...
April 17, 2014 | David Callahan
High executive pay is in the news again, this time in a weekend piece at the New York Times. The high pay of executives is of interest because their "supersalaries" are driving a healthy chunk...
April 17, 2014 | Matt Bruenig
It's no secret that when the wealthy speak, the powerful listen. What else would you expect when the average cost of winning a House seat has soared by 344 percent since 1986? But the other...
April 16, 2014 | David Callahan