Topic: Rich and poor

  • A tale of two paychecks

    For Pam Davis, working at Walmart meant always worrying about the next bill. For Rob Walton, owning Walmart means never worrying about anything.

  • Inequality and the unfree market

    Inequality isn't an unfortunate evil of an otherwise fair system, but the necessary outcome of an evil system with organized theft at its roots.

  • Let them eat 1.6 percent

    Meager wage increases for New York City workers have the pundit class alarmed about the city's excessive generosity.

  • The re-return of Karl Marx

    The media may grudgingly admit that Karl Marx's analysis of capitalism was correct in certain ways. But the point for Marx was to change it all.

  • Snapshots of inequality

    Capitalism produces inequality by definition--but the neoliberal era has turned the gap between rich and poor into a Grand Canyon.

  • The measures of inequality

    A new book examines how the economic distance from the bottom of society to the top has grown ever larger.

  • El estado de una unión desigual

    Barack Obama habló sobre la desigualdad en su Estado de la Unión, pero él es también responsable por un sistema que sirve a los ricos.

  • Will the rich reform themselves?

    Progress toward equality under capitalism will come from fighting against the rich and their policies--not appealing to them.

  • Haves and have-nots in Over-the-Rhine

    The Peoples' Coalition for Equality and Justice is fighting gentrification in Cincinnati's Over-the-Rhine neighborhood.

  • State of the unequal union

    Barack Obama will talk about inequality in his State of the Union speech, but he's as responsible as any Republican for a system that serves the rich.

  • Life and death for the homeless this winter

    The frigid weather this month put millions of people at risk--but there's another man-made danger compounding the cold this winter: Poverty.

  • Los ricos se hacen más ricos

    El gran abismo económico entre los patrones de las empresas y sus trabajadores creció enormemente durante la Gran Recesión.

  • Why the rich are striking it richer

    The Grand Canyon between Corporate America's top bosses and the workers they employ has gotten grander still during the Great Recession.

  • Movements of the well-to-do

    Waves of anti-tax activism over the past century have been vocal in ways that the extremely wealthy don't usually need to be.

  • Queens en la mira

    Los pequeños comerciantes inmigrantes de Queens luchan por no ser desplazados por la construcción de uncomplejo comercial.

  • When the 99 Percent found their voice

    Two years ago, the Occupy Wall Street movement was spreading from city to city, igniting a long-awaited resistance to social inequality.

  • Queens in the crosshairs

    Activists are fighting gentrification in Queens that threatens to evict local immigrant-owned businesses to make room for a mall.

  • Let them eat...nothing at all

    Republicans and Democrats are agreed on an amendment to bar certain ex-prisoners from ever receiving food assistance.

  • Una desigualdad diseñada

    El capitalismo está organizado para hacer más ricos a los súper-ricos. Pero, ¿hay una alternativa?

  • Raleigh stands up to the cuts

    A May Day demonstration in Raleigh brought out students and other activists to fight austerity and attacks on labor.

  • Unequal by design

    It's no accident that inequality has grown to staggering levels--capitalism is organized to make the rich super-richer. So what's the alternative?

  • Punishing children for poverty

    A Tennessee Republican's plan to peg welfare benefits to a child's academic performance is a cruel attack on the poor.

  • A ban on more than public nudity

    The real purpose of a San Francisco law against nudity is to ensure that public spaces are controlled by the wealthy.

  • What's at stake in California's Prop 30?

    California Democrats are supporting a referendum built around increasing taxes on the wealthy. But the left needs to acknowledge its drawbacks.

  • Why taxing the rich isn't enough

    While taxing the rich is important, tax policy plays a miniscule role in generating the economic inequality in our society.