Chuck Collins

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 co-founder 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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This week Senator Elizabeth Warren will introduce wealth tax legislation. (Photo by Greg Nash-Pool/Getty Images) Views
Monday, March 01, 2021
COVID-19 Has Exacerbated Extreme Levels of Inequality. It’s Time for a Billionaire Wealth Tax
What should good societies do when a wealthy few reap enormous financial windfalls during a global pandemic? While millions lost their lives, livelihoods, health and wealth, the world’s billionaires and super-rich prospered. According to research from Americans for TaxFairness and the Institute for...
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Frances McDormand and Chloé Zhao speak onstage at the drive-in premiere of Nomadland in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, February 23, 2021
Nomadland: The Lifetime Impacts of Gender-Bias in Wages
If you grew up agitated that "women earn 59 cents on the dollar," for the same work as men, there’s a movie for you. At the beginning of the new film, Nomadland , one of the characters tells Fern, the lead character played beautifully by Frances McDormand: "My social security check is $550. How am...
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People participate in a "March on Billionaires" event on July 17, 2020 in New York City. Views
Saturday, February 13, 2021
Taxes on the Rich: One-Sixth of What They Used to Be
America hasn’t stopped taxing its wealthiest citizens entirely. But that’s where we’re headed. According to a new IPS briefing paper , the richest .01 percent of Americans, about 33,000 lucky souls today, now pay just one-sixth of what they used to pay in tax, when measured as a percentage of their...
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An aerial view of Raymond James Stadium ahead of Super Bowl LV on January 31, 2021 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, February 03, 2021
The Real Winners of Pandemic Super Bowl 2021? The Sports Owners Raking in Billions
We won’t know the winner of this year’s Super Bowl till Sunday, but we already know the big winners in our COVID-ravaged economy include dozens of billionaire sports barons. On the eve of the big game, and after 10-plus months of the pandemic, 64 billionaire owners of major league sports franchises...
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Blackstone CEO Steve Schwarzman. (Photo: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images) Views
Monday, January 11, 2021
Trump's Top Ten Billionaire Enablers
We've heard plenty about the GOP members of Congress and Trump political appointees who have “enabled” Donald Trump over these four years, failing to act to stem his excesses. But what about the billionaire donors to Trump’s campaign and his victory PACs? Especially those who gave substantial...
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Jeff Bezos, Founder and CEO of Amazon, and his ex-wife MacKenzie Bezos arrive on the red carpet at the Amazon Studios after-party celebrating the 67th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards. (Photo by Paul Mounce/Corbis via Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, December 15, 2020
MacKenzie Scott’s Bold and Direct Giving Puts Shame to the Billionaire Class and Their Perpetual Private Foundations
In her second move as a billionaire philanthropist, MacKenzie Scott (formerly Bezos) has announced $4.2 billion in gifts to 384 organizations, mostly unrestricted grants to front-line charities addressing the needs of low-income people during the pandemic. Writing in a post on Medium , Scott...
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Billionaire Elon Musk, Tesla boss, comes to the construction site of the Tesla Giga Factory earlier this year. (Photo: Patrick Pleul/dpa-Zentralbild/ZB) Views
Thursday, November 26, 2020
It's a Billionaire's Thanksgiving: Wealth of Richest Surges Past $1 Trillion Since Pandemic Hit
Tuesday, November 24, as the Dow crossed the 30,000 mark, the wealth of 650 U.S. billionaires approached a total of $4 trillion, with $1 trillion in growth since March 2020. Of this group, 29 billionaires have seen their wealth double since March 2020. There are 36 additional billionaires in the U...
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With skyrocketing sales, Amazon can afford to invest more in their workers and worker protection. (Photo: Valerie Macon/AFP via Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, November 24, 2020
Facing Holiday Rush, Frontlines Retail Workers Urge Billionaire Bosses to Share the Wealth
This Black Friday and Cyber Monday, frontline essential workers will be hustling to help holiday shoppers — while also fighting for dignity, hazard pay, and other protections as Covid-19 infection rates spike again in many regions. Rina Cummings, who works at the JFK8 Amazon Warehouse on Staten...
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Workers in PPE are seen at the Judiciary Square Covid-19 testing site in Washington, DC, on November 18, 2020. - The United States is home to the world's largest coronavirus outbreak, with nearly 249,000 deaths as of November 18, 2020, according to Johns Hopkins University. (Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, November 18, 2020
Why We Must Protect Essential Workers From Billionaire Pandemic Profiteers
There are few scenes more sordid than the surging wealth gains of the world's billionaire class during an unprecedented pandemic when millions have lost their lives, health, wealth and livelihoods. As the country heads into another wave of Covid-19 infections, billionaires, and corporations should...
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If there’s a silver lining, it’s that Trump’s tax manipulations reveal where the weak spots are in the current system. (Photo: Khalil Bendib / OtherWords.org) Views
Thursday, October 01, 2020
You Paid More Taxes Than Donald Trump
My daughter, a librarian in Tucson, paid more taxes in 2017 than Donald Trump. So did my neighbor Rita, a teacher, and her son Tony, who stocks grocery shelves in Leland, Michigan I also pay more in taxes than the president of the United States. And, probably, so do you. We now understand why Trump...
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