Have We Finally Moved Beyond GDP?
To help overcome inequality, the latest global gathering of economic statisticians agrees, we need to do more than total up an economy's goods and services.
Monday, January 5, 2015
Two Irrepressible Egalitarian Spirits
British epidemiologists Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett have changed how the world thinks about inequality -- and they have plenty more insights to share.
Monday, October 13, 2014(1 comments)
Our Empathetic Rich: The Rarest of Birds
A landmark new study has laid bare the dirty little secret of modern American philanthropy: America's wealthy don't particularly care all that much about the rest of us.
The Mess on Our 'Information Superhighway'
The Comcast merger: Why should moving data around be any different from moving people? No private party ought to be getting rich off a basic public trust.
The first step toward turning this situation around? Stop the Comcast and Time Warner merger. The more fundamental task: Give our private corporate Internet access giants some public competition.
Presenting America's Ten Greediest of 2013
Abstractions -- like inequality -- can only take us so far. To really understand the ills that ail us, we usually need to put some human faces upon them.
Here's a year-end list to identify those faces of avarice that can help tell inequality's story.
Monday, December 9, 2013(1 comments)
Inequality: A Sure Way to Kill a Good Time
What makes a society a fun place to be? Really nice weather and exciting nightlife options certainly help. So does avoiding a starkly skewed distribution of income and wealth.
A Daring Bid to Stomp Out CEO Pay Excess
Young activists in Switzerland have plutocrats hyperventilating -- and spending a fortune to beat back a ballot initiative that would establish a legal limit on the pay gap between top execs and their workers.
Monday, November 11, 2013(3 comments)
Counting Dollars the Rich Want Uncounted
Americans are gaining, ever so slowly, a more accurate picture of just how wide the gap has stretched between the nation's most fabulously privileged and everyone else.
Monday, November 4, 2013(8 comments)
Are Heartless People Simply Born That Way?
People who cut food stamps -- and gut child labor laws -- most all had empathy when they came into the world. So what squeezed the empathy out? Analysts are pointing to inequality.
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
The Tea Party Shtick
The Tea Party, low information right wing activiists, have lost their connection to this country's founding values.
Monday, June 4, 2012(4 comments)
Behind Super-Sized Sodas, a Deeper Danger
Nature did not design our metabolisms to process the amount & varieties of sweeteners, salt & fats available to us. The stresses of poverty make it all so much worse.
Monday, May 14, 2012
No Country for Rich Men
From Manhattan to Monaco, the world's wealthiest people are disconnecting into a class of stateless transients. Those who care about their country are left to pick up the tab.