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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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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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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