wealth inequality

Committing to Economic Dignity

Editors’ Note: Excerpted from The New York Times, April 26, 2020. By Gene B. Sperling Mr. Sperling was the national economic adviser to Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. He is also the author of the forthcoming book “Economic Dignity.”… Read More ›

COVID and African-Americans

Editors’ Note: Excerpted from The New York Times, April 12, 2020. By Jamelle Bouie We know that Covid-19 is killing African-Americans at greater rates than any other group. You can see this most clearly in the South. In Louisiana, blacks… Read More ›

Public Policy for the Public

The federal government’s  aid to individuals and families represents an affirmative reorientation of  public policy. In the past, in times of financial crisis, the government response has focused on the corporate structures, banks, automakers, steel manufacturers, and others as a… Read More ›

Reparations: Yea, Nay, or Maybe?

Reparations: the making of amends for a wrong one has done, by paying money to or otherwise helping those who have been wronged. The issue of reparations for African-Americans due to the treatment of their ancestors as slaves has been… Read More ›

1% of US Counties Dominate Economy

Editors’ Note: Excerpted from Bloomberg, December 16, 2019. By Andre Tartar and Reade Pickert While America’s economy has grown for over a decade, that growth is increasingly concentrated in 1% of the nation’s 3100+ counties. Just 31 counties, or the… Read More ›

The Commonweal Requires Common Sense

Poverty in America along, with allied issues such as income inequality, wage stagnation, and limited job and training opportunities, remains a core concern in modern society and seems immune to “trickle down” economic policies such as the recent tax reform… Read More ›