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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Thursday, November 17, 2016 - 2:15pm
Gilded Giving: What Happens When Billionaires Dominate the Charitable Sector
The last couple of years have been boom years for philanthropy. Total donations from individuals, foundations, and corporations rose in 2015 to over $373 billion, a 10 percent increase since 2013. But behind this statistic is a troubling trend. The charitable sector is getting a growing number of...
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Wednesday, November 16, 2016 - 3:30pm
Building a New Populism in the Era of Trump
Imagine you’re standing in line for the American Dream. You work hard, sometimes in dangerous jobs. You lead a moral life. But the line is stalling, even moving backwards. Yet you see newcomers up front — some of them immigrants and people of color. Maybe you’ve worked all your life alongside...
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Wednesday, November 2, 2016 - 4:15pm
Eight Ways to Strengthen Our Democracy Beyond Voting
Throughout this trying election season, we’ve been told how much is at stake with our vote. But the success of any democracy depends on continuing to pay attention long after we cast our ballots. So let’s pledge to strengthen our democracy with a few resolutions to focus our intentions and keep us...
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Sunday, October 2, 2016 - 10:30am
Trump Was Born on Third Base
Donald Trump was born on third base, but claims he hit a triple. Throughout history, we’ve had many “born on third base” presidential candidates, including Mitt Romney, George W. Bush and now Trump. These politicians trumpet their business acumen, but reveal little about their privileged head...
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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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