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Les Leopold is the executive director of the Labor Institute in New York, and author of "Runaway Inequality: An Activist's Guide to Economic Justice" (Labor Institute Press, 2015)

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Book Cover Monday, November 9, 2015      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Runaway Inequality: The facts the Drive the Sanders Insurgency This is the Introduction from the new book, "Runaway Inequality: An Activist's Guide to Economic Justice" by Les Leopold. It shows how the many problems we face are linked together by runaway inequality and the financialization of the economy. It also provides a range of policy and organizing solutions

Piketty chart showing levels of inequality not seen since pre-WWI Tuesday, November 18, 2014 (16 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
We Are the Most Unequal Society in the Developed World... And We Don't Know It In 1965, for every dollar earned by the average worker, CEOs earned 20 dollars. By 2012, that gap mushroomed to 354 to one. But, when asked in the survey, Americans grossly underestimated this gap....

Les Leopold Wednesday, March 26, 2014 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
New Report Reveals How Wall Street Impoverishes Los Angeles Los Angeles paid at least $204 million in fees to Wall Street in 2013, and probably significantly more, in addition to principle and interest payments, according to a new report. The study, issued today by a coalition of 15 community organization and unions, shows that due to revenue losses from the "Great Recession" L.A. "all but stopped repairing sidewalks, clearing alleys and installing speed bumps..."
Series: Economic Reform (90 Articles, 194976 views)

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America's Greatest Shame: Child Poverty Rises and Food Stamps Cut While Billionaires Boom It seems utterly psychotic to live in a society that chooses to spread poverty to its young. It also seems psychotic to claim that cuts in food stamps are good for the poor while at the same time saying that it's quite OK for billionaires to pile up unearned, tax-sheltered income. The fact that we're putting up with all this should be driving us all insane.

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How Wall Street Devoured the Recovery Our new economic era is characterized by the supremacy of financial capital which vacuums up the productive wealth of the nation, and then uses the nation's wealth as an insurance policy to pay for its inevitable losses. A call for Public Banking.

Sunday, March 31, 2013 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Why is Socialism Doing So Well in Deep Red North Dakota? Ultra conservative North Dakota has a socialist state bank and loves it. This article tells us why, and how spreading state banks could help us tame Wall Street

Friday, April 20, 2012 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
What If the Greedy Rich Paid Their Share? 8 Things to Know About Wealth and Poverty in the US The 1 percent didn't get there just because they were great entrepreneurs or because they were smarter than the rest of us. They got there because they pressed for tax cuts for the super-rich and the deregulation of Wall Street. Those twin policies poured the money into their coffers and stalled our middle-class dead in its tracks. Those policies also crashed the economy and destroyed the jobs of millions of Americans.

Saturday, July 18, 2009 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
How to Create a Million Jobs in One Month From the author of The Looting America, an appeal to Americans to get serious about job creation with comments about how to do it.