Chuck Collins

Chuck Collins is a senior scholar at the Institute for Policy Studies where he co-edits Inequality.org, and is author of the new book, Born on Third Base: A One Percenter Makes the Case for Tackling Inequality, Bringing Wealth Home, and Committing to the Common Good.  He is cofounder of Wealth for the Common Good, recently merged with the Patriotic Millionaires. He is co-author of 99 to 1: 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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Friday, September 23, 2016 - 10:15am
Talking with Strangers: A Journey to the Heart of the Right
There are many theories and explanations for the rise of Donald Trump and the current incarnation of white right-wing populism. A deeper understanding—and an invitation to scale the “empathy wall”—comes from veteran sociologist Arlie Russell Hochschild in her new book, Strangers In Their Own Land:...
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Friday, September 16, 2016 - 8:45am
Explaining the Rise in Median Wages
Good news can be elusive when reporting on the steady rise of inequality. So its heartening to see that median household incomes in the past year jumped more than 5 percent in the past year, now up to $56,500 according to a just released Census report . The income boosts were felt across economic...
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Wednesday, September 14, 2016 - 2:15pm
Anti-Pipeline Movement Gathers Steam
Thousands of Native Americans at Standing Rock in North Dakota are protesting a pipeline project that puts their water supply at risk, threatens to plow up their sacred sites, and would worsen climate change. Their rallying echoes hundreds of local struggles across the U.S. that question the...
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Wednesday, August 10, 2016 - 10:30am
America’s Racial Wealth Divide Is Nothing Short of Shocking
Most media coverage of racial injustice has understandably focused on our country’s unfair policing and criminal justice system. But to fully understand the current reality of racial inequality in America, we also need to take an honest look at our nation’s shocking wealth disparities. Wealth — the...
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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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