Chuck Collins

Effective tax policy that thwarts plutocratic power-building hinges upon this key detail

When we talk about the wealthy, who are we really referring to? Is it the billionaires on private jets? The neighbors up the street who seem to always have the flashiest new cars and exotic vacation photos?

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A California Trend Worth Catching: College for All

California can be an annoyingly trendy state. Think avocado toast, In-N-Out Burger, Hollywood fashion, even legal pot.

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U.S. Billionaire Bonanza 2017: 3 Men Now Own More Wealth Than the Bottom Half of the Country Combined

Anyone tracking the growing concentration of wealth can tell you the rich are getting richer. It’s not so easy to tell you exactly how rich. Enter Billionaire Bonanza 2017: The Forbes 400 and the Rest of Us.

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Meet Your New Neighborhood Loan Sharks

Mike Gallagher double-checks the address on his smartphone and walks up the cement steps of the brick two-story house on Detroit’s west side. He rings the doorbell, and after waiting a minute knocks loudly on the door. A dog barks and a shirtless black man in his mid-thirties cracks open the door.

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How to Go the Resistance Distance: Pop-Up Schools for Novice Activists

More than 200 people crammed into a meeting room at Smith College to listen to Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum speak at the May 4 opening ceremony of the Sojourner Truth School for Social Change Leadership. The new school provides in-person training opportunities in activism in five cities throughout western Massachusetts.

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Congrats, Graduates! Here’s Your Diploma and Debt

It’s that time of year again. Flowers are flowering, spring is springing, and across the country college graduates are graduating with their newly awarded degrees held high.

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Gilded Giving: What Happens When Billionaires Dominate the Charitable Sector

The last couple of years have been boom years for philanthropy. Total donations from individuals, foundations and corporations rose in 2015 to over $373 billion, a 10-percent increase since 2013.

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I Was Born Into the 1 Percent - Here's Why I Gave Away My Trust Fund

The following is an excerpt from the new book Born on Third Base by Chuck Collins (Chelsea Green, 2016): 

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A Commencement Address for the Most Indebted Class Ever

Congratulations, college graduates! As you enter the next phase of life, you and your parents should be proud of your achievements.

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