When billionaires write charitable gifts off their taxes, the rest of us pick up the tab.
Chuck Collins is a senior scholar at the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) and directs IPS’s Program on Inequality and the Common Good. He is an expert on U.S. inequality and author of several books, including Economic Apartheid in America: A Primer on Economic Inequality and Insecurity, co-authored with Felice Yeskel. (New Press, 2005). He co-authored with Bill Gates Sr. Wealth and Our Commonwealth, (Beacon Press, 2003), a case for taxing inherited fortunes. He is co-author with Mary Wright of The Moral Measure of the Economy, a book about Christian ethics and economic life.
He is 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.
In 1995, he co-founded United for a Fair Economy (UFE) to raise the profile of the inequality issue and support popular education and organizing efforts to address inequality. He was Executive Director of UFE from 1995-2001 and Program Director until 2005.
With a little good faith, liberals and conservatives can work together to tackle the real issues putting the American Dream out of reach.
The strength of our civic life depends on what we do outside elections.
The stories politicians tell about their successes matter — including the ones they omit.
From Standing Rock North Dakota to Kentucky, residents are fighting big oil and gas.
It would take the average black family 228 years to accrue the same amount of wealth that white families have today.