Chuck Collins

Chuck Collins is a senior scholar at the Institute for Policy Studies where he directs the Program on Inequality and the Common Good (www.inequality.org), and the author of the new book, 99 to 1: How Wealth Inequality Is Wrecking the World and What We Can Do about It. Chuck is also a co-founder of Wealth for the Common Good, a network of business leaders, high-income households and partners working together to promote shared prosperity and fair taxation.He is co-author of The Moral Measure of the Economy and with Bill Gates Sr. of Wealth and Our Commonwealth: Why America Should Tax Accumulated Fortunes

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A key component of runaway inequality, Picketty's formula shows that growth of extreme wealth, much of it inherited, can grow faster than the overall economy. (Credit: PBS.org) Views
Thursday, May 22, 2014 - 1:45pm
Thomas Piketty and US Wealth Taxes
Don’t feel bad if you were busy and missed the buzz around the new book, Capital in the Twenty-First Century . It’s not every day that a 685-page book about wealth inequality written by a French economist lands on best-seller lists next to Danielle Steele’s steamy new novel, First Sight . The New...
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Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 6:15am
Close the Billionaire Tax Loophole
If our leaders want to balance the budget, here’s a suggestion: Congress can scrap a new “Paris Hilton” giveaway that’s draining billions of federal tax dollars. This giveaway takes the form of a complex tax loophole designed to circumvent the federal estate tax, one of the few ways a democratic...
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Saturday, January 18, 2014 - 10:25am
Wealth of Forbes 400 Billionaires = Wealth of All 41 Million African-Americans
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Wednesday, September 25, 2013 - 5:40am
Inequality for All: Documentary Antidote to "Elysium Economy"
Two cinematic experiences about extreme wealth inequality are worth seeing, one dramatic and the other documentary.
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Tuesday, July 23, 2013 - 12:57pm
11 Reasons to Divest from the Fossil Fuel Industry
There is a robust debate happening in university halls, around religious congregations, and at individual kitchen tables nationwide. The driving question: Should we divest from the fossil fuel industry? Whether you are a college student, a trustee of a religious or educational institution, or an individual with a retirement fund, this is a relevant question for you.
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Sunday, November 18, 2012 - 10:01am
Want to Fight Climate Change? Start by Turning to Your Neighbors
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Wednesday, October 3, 2012 - 9:18am
A Voting Guide for the 99 Percent
Mitt Romney and I both grew up in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, a wealthy suburb of Detroit. For much of our childhoods, we were represented in Congress by a tireless defender of the rich and powerful, U.S. Representative William Broomfield.
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Monday, April 2, 2012 - 1:17pm
The 99 Percent Spring: The People Are Not Powerless
In the coming weeks, millions of Americans will take to the streets as part of the "99 percent spring," echoing last year's "Arab Spring." At the root of this discontent are the extreme inequalities of income, wealth, and opportunity that have emerged over the last four decades.
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Monday, October 10, 2011 - 9:26am
Job Destroyers Don't Deserve a Tax Holiday
A coalition of big businesses is waging a campaign for a massive tax holiday on corporate profits stashed overseas. Its lobbyists claim that this windfall would create millions of jobs. If our lawmakers buy that, they've got very short memories.
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Tuesday, October 4, 2011 - 7:55am
No Tax Holiday for Corporate Job Destroyers
A powerful coalition of U.S.-based global companies is lobbying hard for a "tax holiday" on offshore profits. Companies like Google, Apple, Pfizer, and General Electric have parked huge amounts of profits — a stash totaling more than $1.4 trillion —in offshore tax havens. They've stowed those funds abroad primarily to avoid having to pay federal taxes on that income.
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