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Fatter Cats: Executive Pay and American Inequality

April 24, 2014 · Online Articles

Between 1965 and 2000, CEO compensation grew by about 2500 percent, while worker compensation inched up only about 30 percent. This is a market malfunction, a democratic disaster, and a key driver of inequality, as the political currents that eroded the bargaining power of ordinary Americans have also buoyed the incentive and the opportunity of the richest 1 percent to pad their incomes. {…}

By Colin Gordon
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One Death, Myriad Resurrections: In Search of the Historical Jesus

April 18, 2014 · Online Articles

Jesus of Nazareth was not the first or last to preach against empire, but he is the only revolutionary whose story has held such sway over millennia. {…}

By Maxine Phillips
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Wolves of Wall Street: Financialization and American Inequality

April 17, 2014 · Online Articles

It’s no secret by now that the recent spike in American inequality, and the gains rapidly accruing to the wealthy, are driven in large part by “financialization.” Over the last generation, financial services have expanded not with economic growth, but with stagnation and crisis—and their spectacular rise has accounted for about half of the decline in labor’s share of national income. How did things get this bad? {…}

By Colin Gordon
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Attacking the Stream

April 16, 2014 · Online Articles

For many social media critics, the “stream” and its never-ending rush of information are getting overwhelming. But as these critics pine for a return to a calmer, more curated media world, they fail to consider the voices that the old-guard media left out—women of color, for example. People like me. {…}

By Sydette Harry
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From the War on Poverty to the War on the Poor

April 15, 2014 · Online Articles

Some 47.1 million people, or 15.1 percent of the U.S. population, now live in poverty—the highest number in fifty-two years, up from 11.7 percent of the population in 2000. It’s time to stop blaming the victims and wage a new war on poverty. {…}

By Joseph M. Schwartz
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Taiwan’s Sunflower Protests: A Q&A with Shelley Rigger

April 11, 2014 · Online Articles

Yesterday, students ended a three-week occupation of Taiwan’s legislature. To help explain the causes and meaning of the protests, and place them in historical perspective, Jeffrey Wasserstrom speaks with Shelley Rigger, a political scientist, Taiwan expert, and author of Why Taiwan Matters: Small Island, Global Powerhouse. {…}

By Jeffrey Wasserstrom
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Who Pays? Taxes and American Inequality

April 10, 2014 · Online Articles

The tax system offers us a detailed and damning description of American inequality and, just as importantly, promises to do something about it. But the American system of public finance has always been weak and fragmented, and three decades’ worth of tax cuts haven’t helped. {…}

By Colin Gordon
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A Generation’s Call: Voices from the Student Fossil Fuel Divestment Movement

April 9, 2014 · Online Articles

On the heels of last weekend’s Fossil Fuel Divestment Convergence, we hear from two students active in campus and national divestment efforts. Chloe Maxmin sketches the contours of a rapidly growing movement and examines the case of Harvard. Kate Aronoff argues that students must situate themselves carefully within social movement strategy if they are to effectively leverage the power of their institutions. {…}

By Kate Aronoff and Chloe Maxmin
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A Tattered Safety Net: Social Policy and American Inequality

April 3, 2014 · Online Articles

The American welfare state is widely regarded as a poor cousin to those of its democratic peers. As the most unequal wealthy country, the United States also does the least to address that inequality through public policy—despite strong historical and international evidence that social spending programs can drastically reduce inequality. {…}

By Colin Gordon
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The Anti-Mafia Movement in Milan

April 2, 2014 · Online Articles

Increasingly complicit politicians, businessmen, and professionals have allowed mafia groups to conquer significant sections of the market economy in Milan—far afield from their traditional base in southern Italy. But a growing anti-mafia movement, led by young people and championed by municipal politicians, is pushing back. {…}

By Nando dalla Chiesa
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