A Tax Plan to Turbocharge Inequality, in 3 Charts

The Republican tax bill is an audacious attempt to accelerate the economic trends of the last half-century. If you’re a fan of these trends — rapidly rising inequality and stagnant middle-class incomes — you should love the bill. If you’re not a fan, you can at least take comfort in knowing that you’re in the […]

The Tax Bill That Inequality Created

Most Americans know that the Republican tax bill will widen economic inequality by lavishing breaks on corporations and the wealthy while taking benefits away from the poor and the middle class. What many may not realize is that growing inequality helped create the bill in the first place. As a smaller and smaller group of […]

Statement on Visit to the USA, by Professor Philip Alston, United Nations

Washington, December 15, 2017 I. Introduction 1. I have spent the past two weeks visiting the United States, at the invitation of the federal government, to look at whether the persistence of extreme poverty in America undermines the enjoyment of human rights by its citizens.  In my travels through California, Alabama, Georgia, Puerto Rico, West […]

The creepiest sexual-harassment story we aren’t talking about

Of the deluge of sexual-harassment stories gushing forth in recent weeks, one of the most disturbing — one of the creepiest, really — has also been one of the least noted: the allegations involving federal appeals court judge Alex Kozinski. There are, certainly, more egregious fact patterns. But of the powerful and prominent men who have […]