wealth inequality

An American Caste System

Editors’ Note: Excerpted from The New York Times, February 28, 2020. This article is adapted from Nelson D. Schwartz’s new book, The Velvet Rope Economy: How Inequality Became Big Business. By Nelson D. Schwartz A $1,000 seat at Yankee Stadium,… 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 US Arc of Economic Evolution Gone Awry

Editors’ Note: Occasionally we come across ideas authored by other individuals that fundamentally represent a clear picture of the economic struggles and debates that embroil the current national dialogue. Recently (April 21, 2019), The New York Times published an OpEd… Read More ›

Slavery, Debt, and Taxation

We generally hold a belief that the arc of history is one of social and economic progress. The current discussion and dialogue in the United States concerning inequality of wealth is one that commenced in colonial times and has occupied… Read More ›