99 to 1: How Wealth Inequality Is Wrecking the World and What We Can Do about It

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Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Apr 2, 2012 - Political Science - 144 pages
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Over the past thirty years, we’ve seen a radical redistribution of wealth upward to a tiny fraction of the population. Here, activist Chuck Collins explains how it happened and marshals wide-ranging data to show exactly what the 99/1 percent divide means in the real world and the damage it causes to individuals, businesses, and the earth. Most important, he answers the burning question, what can be done about it? He offers a common-sense guide to bringing about a society that works for everyone: the 100 percent. This is a struggle that can be won. After all, the odds are 99 to 1 in our favor.
 

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Contents

We Are the 99 Percent
1
1 Coming Apart at the Middle
7
2 Who Is the 1 Percent?
19
3 How the 1 Percent Rigs the Rules of the Economy
33
4 Life in the 99 Percent
41
5 The Wall Street Inequality Machine
49
6 How Inequality Wrecks Everything We Care About
59
7 How Wealth Inequality Crashed the Economy
69
9 Reversing the Inequality Death Spiral
87
10 Bold Rule Changes to Break Up Concentrated Wealth
97
Prospects for Greater Equality
119
Notes
125
Resources
139
Acknowledgments
141
Index
143
Copyright

8 The Sleeping 99 Percent Giant Wakes Up
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Chuck Collins is an organizer and senior scholar at the Institute for Policy Studies, directing its Program on Inequality and the Common Good, as well as a cofounder of Wealth for the Common Good and Inequality.org. He is the author of several books, including Wealth and Our Commonwealth (with Bill Gates Sr.) and Economic Apartheid in America (with Felice Yeskel).

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