Category Archives: Inequality

Insane Inequality

Income inequality continues to grow in the United States—which represents the very definition of insanity: “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. According to recent data by Thomas Piketty, Emmanuel Saez, and Gabriel Zucman, from … Continue reading

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Affluence and Influence: Economic Inequality and Political Power in America

Can a country be a democracy if its government only responds to the preferences of the rich? In an ideal democracy, all citizens should have equal influence on government policy–but as this book demonstrates, America’s policymakers respond almost exclusively to … Continue reading

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The Limits of Neoliberalism: Sovereignty, Authority & the Logic of Competition

Widening economic inequality is the academic topic du jour, but the trend of growing wealth and income disparity has been underway for several decades. How did mounting inequality succeed in proving culturally and politically attractive for as long as it … Continue reading

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The Killing Fields of Inequality

Inequality is not just about the size of our wallets. It is a socio-cultural order which, for most of us, reduces our capabilities to function as human beings, our health, our dignity, our sense of self, as well as our … Continue reading

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Inequality and Post-neoliberal Globalisation

Having people believe that massive inequality is the fair outcome of a competitive process that is ultimately good for all is the ideological foundation of the current regime. The crisis has put an end to this fairy tale as free … Continue reading

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Reforming Taxation to Promote Growth and Equity

Nobel-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz argues that tax reform is the key to addressing inequality. This white paper outlines concrete policy measures that can restore equitable and sustainable economic growth in the United States, in the context of the country’s recurring … Continue reading

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99 to 1: How Wealth Inequality is Wrecking the World and what We Can Do about it

Brings together for the first time facts and figures showing exactly what “the 99% and the 1%’ divide means in the real world and the damage it causes- Identifies the social and historical forces that created and perpetuate this divide … Continue reading

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Capital in the Twenty-First Century – A panel with Piketty, Stiglitz and Krugman

The French economist Thomas Piketty (Paris School of Economics) discussed his new book, Capital in the Twenty-First Century at the Graduate Center. In this landmark work, Piketty argues that the main driver of inequality—the tendency of returns on capital to … Continue reading

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A global progressive tax on individual net worth would offer the best solution to the world’s spiralling levels of inequality

The issue of inequality is one of the most salient in global and European politics. Thomas Piketty writes on the economic forces which have impacted upon inequality since the end of the First World War. He argues that with disparities … Continue reading

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The New Gilded Age – La Belle Époque

Thomas Piketty, professor at the Paris School of Economics, isn’t a household name, although that may change with the English-language publication of his magnificent, sweeping meditation on inequality, Capital in the Twenty-First Century. Yet his influence runs deep. It has … Continue reading

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