wealth inequality

Rearranging Totem Equity

In June 1381, a mere 600-plus years ago, the English crown enacted a tax on each member, or poll, in a household, to raise funds to finance the seemingly endless Hundred Years’ War with France. The new tax heavily burdened… Read More ›

Around the Novahood

FAIRFAX JUDGE RULES CASH BOND UNCONSTITUTIONAL A Fairfax County Circuit Court judge has found that keeping an indigent defendant in jail in lieu of a cash bond is unconstitutional, writing that it violates the Constitution’s Due Process Clause by forcing… Read More ›

The President and the Pauper Tax Bills

Editors’ Note: Crossposted from The New York Times, October 10, 2020. By Nicholas Kristof Voters are not immune to appreciating the proportions that differentiate them from the very wealthy. American exceptionalism promises that any and all can succeed economically to… Read More ›

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 ›