Posts Tagged ‘inequality’

The Language We Use To Talk About Inequality, Power, And Class Matters

In the US, discourses of inequality seldom are rooted to the nation’s long history of violent class conflict. Two examples of that history which come quickly to mind are the 1892 Homestead steel strike in Pittsburgh, which earned a place in labor history as the Homestead Massacre and the 1921 coal strike known as the Battle of Blair […]

Addressing racial inequality in paid leave policy

It is time the an equitable paid leave policy meets the triple A standard: accessible, affordable, and adequate. Source

Wage Inequality Continued To Increase In 2020

Above Photo: Labor activists hold a rally in support of raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour on the National Mall on May 19, 2021 in Washington, DC. Members of the Service Employee International Union (SEIU) organized the rally in support of striking McDonald’s workers who are demanding a wage increase. Common Dreams / […]

Right Wing Round-Up: Slavery and Inequality

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World Inequality Report presents a damning indictment of the development path and priorities of India

The World Inequality Report (WIR) is widely regarded as a highly credible and comprehensive report on the extent of inequalities in world. The latest WIR for year 2022 has been released very recently and this presents a damning indictment of the very high level of inequalities in India. As presented in WIR, the levels of […]

Inequality is set to kill millions—’We have to fight it together.’

Image Credit: Allan Tannenbaum/Getty Images This week I called out to the world to warn them that inequalities are making us all unsafe. I noted starkly our new analysis that we face millions of additional AIDS deaths—7.7 million in the next decade alone—as well continued devastation from pandemics, unless leaders address the inequalities which drive […]

America 2021: Inequality is Now Baked In

This complete capture of all avenues of regulation and governance can only end one way, a kind of hyper-stagflation. Zeus Y. and I go way back, and he has always had a knack for summarizing just how insane, disconnected from reality, manipulative and exploitive the status quo narrative has become. I’ve occasionally published his commentaries and […]

The Political Economy Of Racial Inequality

Above Photo: Molly Crabapple, The material causes of racial inequality can be overcome only with massive economic distribution. In 1965, in response to President Lyndon B. Johnson’s anemic War on Poverty legislation, the labor and civil rights leaders A. Philip Randolph and Bayard Rustin joined with Leon Keyserling, the former chair of the Council of […]

An inequality even conservative justices can’t swallow

College football coaches normally don’t pay much attention to U.S. Supreme Court decisions. College football coaches normally don’t pay much attention to much of anything outside their coaching lanes. They’ve become notorious for their single-minded focus on the gridiron. But coaches have been paying attention to the nation’s High Court this week because the Supremes […]

In The Southeast, Climate Change Finds A Landscape Ravaged By Inequality

Above Photo: Getty Images. Meet The Groups Demanding Climate Justice That Fits The Region’s Unique Needs. The southeastern United States sees more billion-dollar disasters than any other region in the country. The region also sees more different kinds of natural disasters than other parts of the country. In 2020, six billion-dollar hurricanes hit the Gulf Coast, […]

How The Federal Reserve Is Increasing Wealth Inequality

Above photo: Wenjia Tang for ProPublica. The Fed’s low-interest-rate policies have stabilized the economy and turbocharged the stock market. But those who don’t own lots of stocks haven’t benefited anywhere near as much as those who do. Ever since the COVID-19 pandemic struck, the Federal Reserve has gotten plenty of kudos for moves that have […]

The IMF And World Bank, Who Pay No Taxes, Are About To Talk About Tax Hikes And Inequality

By Michael Every of Rabobank Koestler-Push Inflation The IMF and World Bank spring meetings are about to kick off, where those who pay no income tax get to talk about tax evasion, tax hikes, inequality, and Building Back Better. US Treasury Secretary Yellen will use the platform to push for a global standardization – upwards […]

Inequality: Women Pay 20,000% More On Average For Their Starbucks Drinks Than Men

Inequality: Women Pay 20,000% More On Average For Their Starbucks Drinks Than Men U.S.—An alarming study released by The New York Times is revealing vast disparities in the prices women pay for coffee versus what men pay for coffee, with women paying an average of 20,000% more for their daily caffeine fix.  “I can’t imagine what […]

Maya Wealth Inequality Was Linked to Despotism, Claims Belize Study

A new study of hundreds of Maya habitations in Belize has revealed a massive wealth gap developed in the Classic Maya period. While it may not come as a surprise to discover that Maya society was authoritarian, through analysis of the remains of ancient houses, this research has concluded that societies with inequality of wealth […]

Viral Inequality and the Farmers’ Struggle in India  

According to a new report by Oxfam, ‘The Inequality Virus’, the wealth of the world’s billionaires increased by $3.9tn (trillion) between 18 March and 31 December 2020. Their total wealth now stands at $11.95tn. The world’s 10 richest billionaires have collectively seen their wealth increase by $540bn over this period. In September 2020, Jeff Bezos […]

Skeletal Trauma Reveals Class Inequality in Medieval Cambridge

Skeletal trauma has been studied in the remains of hundreds of people who lived in medieval Cambridge excavated from three cemeteries dating back to between the 10th and 14th century. The study has revealed varying levels of physical hardship across lower classes. Founded in 1209 AD and granted a royal charter by Henry III in 1231 AD, […]

In 2021, Let’s Ring A Global Alarm On Inequality That Everyone Can Hear

Above photo: Nathaniel St. Clair. Remember that old joke they used to tell — and maybe still do — in luxury retail circles? The customer, precious product in hand, walks over to a haughty sales clerk at a high-end emporium and timidly asks: “How much does this cost.” “If you have to ask,” the sales […]

COVID-19 Exposes Need For Radical Policies To Tackle Inequality

By Ben Phillips, AlJazeera. December 14, 2020 Above photo: Civil rights leaders hold hands as they lead a crowd of hundreds of thousands at the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, Washington DC, August 28, 1963. Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images. But history shows us we cannot rely on our leaders to pursue them; it is […]

Inequality gone viral: The obscene numbers

In a distressing analogy to the relentless surge of Covid-19, which has disproportionatelyimpacted low-income communities and people of color, there has been an unstoppable transfer of wealth from desperate Americans to the people who already had most of our nation’s financial assets. While the great majority of us have been focusing on the health and well-being—and the […]

How Equality Makes Us Happy – While Inequality Endangers Our Lives

October 23rd, 2020 By Estee Horn Guest Writer for Wake Up World “All animals are equal. But some animals are more equal than others.” – George Orwell, Animal Farm. We all want to live happily and lovingly with everyone around us. Still, annoyingly, some people achieve this noble goal better than others. People in some countries, […]

From superpower to failed state: Inequality and the public health crisis in America

“[President Donald] Trump has made matters worse by weakening an already frayed health care safety net.”             ~Jeffrey Young, Huffpost Politics, August 3, 2020 Earlier this week, the novel coronavirus death toll in the United States exceeded 200,000.  As the highest in the world, it’s a distinction no self-respecting nation would desire or […]

Is Movement Journalism Needed During Reckoning Over Race And Inequality?

Above photo: Press On cofounder Manolia Charlotin speaks at the movement journalism track at the 2018 Allied Media Conference, which led to the formation of Press On in 2019. Press On. A movement journalist examines what it means to engage with communities and challenge the status quo. Last summer I found myself at the M.W. Stringer Grand […]

Is Movement Journalism Needed During Reckoning Over Race And Inequality?

Above photo: Press On cofounder Manolia Charlotin speaks at the movement journalism track at the 2018 Allied Media Conference, which led to the formation of Press On in 2019. Press On. A movement journalist examines what it means to engage with communities and challenge the status quo. Last summer I found myself at the M.W. Stringer Grand […]

Is Movement Journalism Needed During Reckoning Over Race And Inequality?

Above photo: Press On cofounder Manolia Charlotin speaks at the movement journalism track at the 2018 Allied Media Conference, which led to the formation of Press On in 2019. Press On. A movement journalist examines what it means to engage with communities and challenge the status quo. Last summer I found myself at the M.W. Stringer Grand […]

Is Movement Journalism Needed During Reckoning Over Race And Inequality?

Above photo: Press On cofounder Manolia Charlotin speaks at the movement journalism track at the 2018 Allied Media Conference, which led to the formation of Press On in 2019. Press On. A movement journalist examines what it means to engage with communities and challenge the status quo. Last summer I found myself at the M.W. Stringer Grand […]

The Consequences Of Inequality Can Be Fatal

Above photo: People wait in line to get food distributed by the National Guard in Chelsea, Mass., on April 16. Harvard researchers found areas with more poverty, people of color and crowded housing had higher mortality rates for the coronavirus. Joseph Prezioso/AFP via Getty Images. The effects of Covid are much greater for the poor […]

A Royal Wedding for a Nation Sinking Ever-Deeper into Inequality

LONDON – The royal wedding between the U.K.’s Prince Harry and American actress Meghan Markle, due to take place today, has been in the headlines for some time, serving as a convenient distraction from other major events – from the mass shooting of unarmed protesters in Gaza to efforts by certain U.S. officials to sabotage […]

The Real Driver Of Rising Inequality

Income distribution and employment are crucial macroeconomic indicators. Profits are key to distribution. Ther share in the value of output has risen steadily since around 1980. Households near the top of the size distribution of income receive business profits through various channels including interest, dividends, capital gains, proprietors’ incomes, and even labor compensation—which in US […]

Growing Apart: A Political History Of American Inequality

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Business Leaders Agree: Inequality Hurts The Bottom Line

Business Leaders Agree: Inequality Hurts The Bottom Line Above Photo: Joe Rawlinson / Flickr A growing number of corporate leaders say it’s time for them to start sharing the wealth. For decades, big business leaders have warned that redistributing wealth is bad for business. Taxing the rich to pay for infrastructure and education, they say, […]

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