Did Social Inequality Doom Chaco?

There has been much research surround economic and social inequality among the residents of Chaco Canyon in the 9th through 12th centuries. A study analyzing radiocarbon dating concludes that social inequality began as early as 150-200 AD. There is evidence of social inequality based on relationships and solar and lunar alignments.

Looking at Inequality By The Numbers

The Program on Inequality and the Common Good periodically releases a “data chart pack” with summary charts that look at inequality trends. Our latest edition includes the most recent data available on income and wealth distribution. We’ve just published an updated version, which you can review here online. It’s a great tool for educators, activists, etc. Jobs with Justice and the Institute for Policy Studies have just published an innovative new resource to help trade unionists understand why the U.S. economy has gone into the ditch — and how we can get the economy working again for working families.

Responding to the Economic Crisis

It is time for all of us to learn more and organize for fundamental changes in the U.S. economy. The IPS “Sensible Plan For Recovery” calls for a “Green Stimulus” package, a halt to foreclosures, limits on excessive CEO and profiteering from the bailouts, a closing of the “casino economy,” and a series of proposals to limit inequality.

Learn More: Causes of the Economic Crisis

The Working Group has a regularly updated list of tools to help us learn more and analyze the changes facing our economy. We are not going back to some golden age of economic growth and low cost energy. Nor should we allow the economy to be organized to permit the extreme inequalities of the last three decades.

ACTIONS
Tell Congress: A Sensible Plan for Recovery
Tell Congress: No Bailout with Strong Conditions. Here’s our Plan for a Sensible and Fair Recovery.
Make Speculators Pay for Wall Street Meltdown
Where to find $900 billion to pay the costs of recovery and Main Street economic stimulus.
Tax Wealth As Much As Work
Eliminate the tax preference for income from corporate stock dividends and capital gains and generate an estimated $100 billion a year from the wealthiest Americans.

CEO Pay Bashing
Has Jim DeMint, the right-wing senator leading the assault on federal domestic spending, finally gone too far? His corporate benefactors may soon come to think so.

Reverse the Great Tax Shift
Few Americans realize just how incredibly little, historically speaking, our nation’s wealthy now pay in taxes.

Taxes and Transparency: Our Opaque Opulent
Mega-millionaire residents of Manhattan’s finest luxury towers pay less of their income in federal taxes than the janitors in their towers do. Once upon a time, we had a law that discouraged that distinction.