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Economic Inequality: The Growing Divide

Program #COLC002. Recorded in Madison, WI on September 27, 1997.

The old saying goes: The rich get richer, and the poor get poorer. Numerous studies and reports document a sharp escalation in the gap in income. The average worker's hourly wages were higher in 1973. Meanwhile, executive compensation has soared. As the conservative Forbes magazine notes, "Billionaires have become a dime a dozen." Chuck Collins thinks these trends pose problems for democracy and traditional notions of fairness.


Chuck Collins

Chuck Collins is co-founder of United for a Fair Economy, a Boston-based national organization that addresses issues of economic inequality. He is a Senior Scholar at the Institute for Policy Studies and directs its Program on Inequality and the Common Good. He is author of Economic Apartheid in America, Wealth and Our Commonwealth and 99 to 1.

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