September 12, 2018 | From country farmland to big city skyscrapers, absentee billionaires may be hiding wealth in your town — and driving up your cost of living.
About Chuck Collins
Chuck Collins is the Director the Program on Inequality and the Common Good at the Institute for Policy Studies where he co-edits Inequality.org. He is author of the popular book, Born on Third Base: A One Percenter Makes the Case for Tackling Inequality, Bringing Wealth Home, and Committing to the Common Good (Chelsea Green). His new book, Is Inequality in America Irreversible? is published by the Oxford, UK-based Polity Press.
He is an expert on U.S. inequality and the racial wealth divide and author of several books, including 99 to 1: How Wealth Inequality is Wrecking the World and What We Can Do About It. He is co-author with Bill Gates Sr. of 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 was featured in this interview in Sun Magazine.
He is co-author of several reports including “The Road To Zero Wealth: How the Racial Wealth Divide is Hollowing Out America’s Middle Class,” “Billionaire Bonanza: The Forbes 400 and the Rest of Us” and “Gilded Giving: Top Heavy Philanthropy in an Age of Extreme Inequality.”
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. This network merged in 2015 with the Patriotic Millionaires. 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.
Articles by Chuck Collins
July 26, 2018 | Wealthy donors are hoarding money in shady "charity" accounts in the face of urgent community needs.
May 2, 2018 | While millions of students rack up college debt and gain no skills, millions of high-paying trade jobs sit empty.
March 14, 2018 | A growing number of corporate leaders say it's time for them to start sharing the wealth.
January 31, 2018 | America's left coast is showing how to break up concentrated wealth and fund higher education for all.
December 27, 2017 | If you're struggling to get by on $20 million, the GOP is looking out for you and your heirs.
November 15, 2017 | No working person should pay more to reward billionaires and corporate tax dodgers.
October 18, 2017 | There's a heist coming. Arm yourself with the facts!
September 13, 2017 | As our country becomes more diverse, our racial wealth gap means it's also becoming poorer.
August 23, 2017 | Two conglomerates control 90 percent of the beer market, and that's costing you bucks.
July 26, 2017 | Urban billionaires are trotting out the tractors and overalls in a bizarre effort to roll back their taxes.
June 28, 2017 | There's actually trillions that could be used to fix our roads and schools. The wealthy just don't want you to know where it is.
May 17, 2017 | But health care costs, not corporate taxes, are the real drain on the U.S. economy.
April 19, 2017 | 44 million households now hold student debt.
March 22, 2017 | While billionaires get richer, most Americans lack the cash reserves to get through hard times.