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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Wednesday, May 18, 2016 - 12:00pm
A Commencement Address for the Most Indebted Class Ever
Congratulations, college graduates! As you enter the next phase of life, you and your parents should be proud of your achievements. But, I’m sorry to say, they’ve come at a price: The system is trying to squeeze you harder than any previous generation. Many baby boomers, perhaps including your...
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Tuesday, April 26, 2016 - 1:45pm
Clueless CEOs at the Top
The Wall Street Journal recently reported that “Populist Tone Rankles America’s Executives.” Apparently the CEOs and board members of big American companies are “increasingly frustrated” by the anti-business rhetoric of both parties, and concerned such sentiments might translate into meaningful...
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Wednesday, December 2, 2015 - 8:15am
Have We Hit Peak Wealth Inequality?
When should we be alarmed about so much wealth in so few hands? The Great Recession and its anemic recovery only deepened the economic inequality that’s drawn so much attention in its wake. Nearly all wealth and income gains since then have flowed to the top one-tenth of America’s richest 1 percent...
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Friday, April 10, 2015 - 1:00pm
Why America’s Billionaires Owe You a Thank You Note
This tax season, America’s billionaires are toasting you, the ordinary taxpayer. That’s because you’re the one picking up the tab for our nation’s ailing infrastructure of roads, bridges, and rail transport. You’re also footing the bill for military forces, disaster relief, veterans’ health...
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Wednesday, March 11, 2015 - 12:30pm
The Student Debt Time Bomb
There’s a generational time-bomb ticking — and the student debt crisis is the trip wire. Adults under 35 disproportionately bear the brunt of escalating inequality. America’s educated youth are graduating into an economy with stagnant wages and a torn safety net. Federal and state budget cuts,...
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Wednesday, January 7, 2015 - 4:30pm
Black Wealth Matters
As protesters march through our cities to remind us that black lives matter, grievances about our racially fractured society extend far beyond flashpoints over police violence. What is the state of the dream that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke about, particularly as it relates to economic...
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Saturday, December 13, 2014 - 10:30am
Racial Wealth Inequality and the Dream Deferred
As protesters march through our cities, a new study dramatizes that at the heart of our racially fractured society is a hidden system of racial wealth inequalities. The marches in the streets may have been provoked by police conduct in Fergusson and Staten Island. But there is a deeper dream that...
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Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 6:15am
A Gates Plan for Eliminating Student Debt
Over a decade ago, I got a call from Bill Gates. Not the Bill Gates you’re probably thinking of. It was Bill Gates Sr., the Microsoft founder’s dad. He was eager to speak out in support of the federal estate tax, our nation’s only levy on inherited wealth. He called it the “gratitude tax.” If you...
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Friday, October 17, 2014 - 12:00pm
Can We Earn a Living on a Living Planet?
“I think the American people right now have been so focused, and will continue to be focused, on our economy and jobs and growth, that if the message is somehow we ’re going to ignore jobs and growth simply to address climate change, I don ’t think anybody is going to go for that. I won ’t go for...
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Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 7:00am
A Real Plutocracy Prevention Act
French economist Thomas Piketty made a sensation with his bestselling book about inequality, Capital In The Twenty-First Century . Piketty’s big solution is for nations around the world to adopt a “global wealth tax” to reverse the dizzying wealth inequalities that have emerged in the last three...
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