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Both Republicans and Democrats want to solve economic insecurity by giving people more purchasing power. There’s a better solution.

While President Peña Nieto celebrates the Aztec Tiger, Mexico’s cartels reach deeper into the legal economy.

Homeless man

A super-wealthy few have successfully defeated all of their rivals—unions, the media, honest politicians, environmentalists—and now are free to do as they wish.

It’s not inevitable. Here are ten practical steps to reverse the growing trend.

Baltimore housing

The cumulative effects of years of deindustrialization, weakened unions and soaring inequality have fundamentally reordered the country.

Walmart

Taxpayers are basically moneylenders to a government that is far more interested in subsidizing business than in caring for their workers.

Dollar bill

A brilliant book has named the problem of our time. But will anything change?

Thomas Piketty

How to avoid the slide toward a world of increasingly separated haves and have-nots.

Barack Obama

Lecturing black men isn’t going to help them overcome the barriers they face. Better jobs and education policies will.

These days everyone wants to ‘create opportunity,’ but few want a class war.

Blogs

In a big-city test of the “Fight for 15” movement, 100 Chicago precincts vote “yes.” Wage hikes are a potent issue that could swing the Illinois governor race.

March 19, 2014

House Budget Chair gets some scholarly encouragement to consider the past before blaming today's poor for their circumstance.

March 17, 2014

Thomas Piketty’s ambitious, lucid Capital in the Twenty-First Century explains the depth and scope of our inequality problem.

March 14, 2014

During a decade when economic inequality grew by leaps and bounds in the rest of the world, it declined significantly in Latin America.

March 13, 2014

Policies favored by tech-industry titans tend to leave the economic privileges of the powerful unchecked, while penciling in a little welfare capitalism for the poor.

March 11, 2014

Over 100 years after the first International Women’s Day celebrations, women continue to trail behind men by every economic measure.

March 7, 2014

What remains to be seen is whether the IMF will use this research to develop policies that grow the economy through redistribution.

March 6, 2014

The White House’s “2014 Trade Policy Agenda” rehashes failed ideas that harm rather than help economic renewal.

March 5, 2014

Steven Banks has been on the front lines of the battle to get New York mayors to keep their obligations to the poor. Now he’ll be the mayor’s front-man on those policies.

March 1, 2014

The mayor’s new counsel has wedded incisive analysis of race and poverty to practical policy ideas that would make government a positive force across communities.

February 19, 2014