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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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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The public should be concerned about the volume of suspect bank transactions that are the tip of the iceberg in terms of illicit funds, money laundering and tax dodging. (Photo: Getty) Views
Monday, September 21, 2020
FinCen Files Shine Spotlight on Suspicious Bank Transfers
In September 20th, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) –the reporters who brought us the “Panama Papers” and the “Paradise Papers ” — released the “ FinCEN Files,” in collaboration with Buzzfeed News. The FinCEN Files are the result of a U.S. leak of 2,100 “Suspicious...
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People participate in a "March on Billionaires" event on July 17, 2020 in New York City. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images) Views
Monday, August 24, 2020
It Is Time for a One-Time Pandemic Wealth Tax on Billionaires’ Windfall Gains
Nothing symbolizes the inequality of sacrifice during the Covid-19 pandemic more than watching a few hundred billionaires gain while everyone else struggles through job losses, debilitating illness, or death. Hundreds of thousands of Americans have died from Covid-19 and over 32 million have lost...
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People participate in a "March on Billionaires" event on July 17, 2020 in New York City.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, August 19, 2020
How to Hide a Fortune During a Pandemic
While some folks are volunteering at the local food bank, the super-wealthy are working to hide their money from future taxation. It is no secret that the Covid-19 pandemic has been very good to the billionaire class. The richest dozen billionaires now have a combined wealth of over $1 trillion...
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MacKenzie Scott, formerly married to Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos (pictured left), attends the 2018 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Radhika Jones at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on March 4, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo: Taylor Hill/FilmMagic) Views
Wednesday, July 29, 2020
The Perils and Possibilities of Billionaire Charitable Giving: MacKenzie Scott (Bezos) Makes Her First Move
MacKenzie Scott, the former spouse of Jeff Bezos, made a bold first announcement about how she plans to fulfill her Giving Pledge to give away most of her wealth, currently valued at $52 billion. In her statement on Medium , MacKenzie Scott announced $1.67 billion in direct grants to 116 charities...
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In our new report, White Supremacy is the Pre-existing Condition, we found that the concentration of wealth has surged during the pandemic, further exacerbating an already extreme racial wealth divide. (Photo: Baynard Woods/Twitter) Views
Friday, June 19, 2020
White Supremacy Is the Pre-existing Condition
On June 19th, people across the United States will mark the anniversary of the emancipation of the last enslaved people in the United States by taking to the streets to demand Black Lives Matter. Behind the protests over police violence are the painful racial disparities in the COVID-19 pandemic...
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In a new IPS Inequality Briefing Paper, Chuck Collins and Helen Flannery make the case for an Emergency Charity Stimulus.  (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Monday, May 04, 2020
Time for an Emergency Charity Stimulus
We are living through a time of unprecedented challenges: a major public health crisis and a deepening recession. Congress has already authorized trillions in stimulus funds. But millions of Americans are still relying on the support of local nonprofits such as food banks and human services. These...
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In early April this year, as 22 million Americans lost their jobs and the U.S. employment rate approached 15 percent, the combined wealth of America’s billionaires had increased from March 18 by $282 billion — nearly a 10 percent increase. That’s among the findings in a new report published today by the Institute for Policy Studies, "Billionaire Bonanza 2020: Wealth Windfalls, Tumbling Taxes, and Pandemic Profiteers." (Image: Insitute for Policy Studies) Views
Thursday, April 23, 2020
U.S. Billionaire Wealth Surges as Covid-19 Pandemic Worsens
As the pandemic-fueled U.S. unemployment rate approaches 15 percent, America’s billionaire class is experiencing a wealth surge, according to a new Institute for Policy Studies report that I co-authored with Omar Ocampo and Sophia Paslaski, Billionaire Bonanza 2020. Between March 18th and April...
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