9781565845947

Economic Apartheid in America

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    9781565845947

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    1565845943

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2000-08-01
  • Publisher: New Pr
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Summary

This updated edition of the widely touted Economic Apartheid in America looks at the causes and manifestations of wealth disparities in the United States, examining the recent changes in income and wealth distribution as well as the economic policies and shifts in power that have fueled the growing divide.

Author Biography

Chuck Collins is a senior program developer at United for a Fair Economy, a senior fellow at Class Action, and the author of several books Felice Yeskel is the co-director of Class Action and a faculty member in the Social Justice Education Program at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii
Foreword ix
Juliet B. Schor
Introduction: Economic Boom for Whom? 1(1)
The Amazing U. S. Economy?
1(3)
Warning: Entering New Global Economy---Proceed with Caution
4(2)
The Trends: Rising Tide, Sinking Boats
6(1)
We Can Build a Fairer Economy
7(2)
About the Book
9(4)
The Dangerous Consequences of Crowing Inequality
13(26)
Pressures Facing Our Households
14(11)
Inequality and the Threat to Prosperity
25(3)
Inequality and Democracy
28(3)
Inequality and Public Health
31(1)
Social Polarization and the Withdrawal of the Haves
32(3)
You Are on Your Own: The New Individualism
35(2)
Gated Communities and Bigger Prisons
37(2)
The Picture: Crowing Economic Insecurity and Inequality
39(29)
The Inequality of Income and Wages
39(4)
Race, Gender, and Income
43(3)
The Gap Between Highest and Average Wage Earners
46(6)
The Inequality of Wealth
52(16)
What Is Wealth and Why Is It Important?
52(2)
The Concentration of Wealth
54(4)
The Myth of Who Owns Assets
58(1)
The Wealth-Holders
59(2)
Global Inequality
61(2)
The Champagne Glass Global Distribution of Income
63(5)
The Causes of Inequality
68(59)
Why Has Inequality Grown?
68(1)
A Power Shift
69(21)
Money Power in Our Democracy
70(4)
The Rise in Concentrated Corporate Power
74(7)
The Attack on Worker Rights
81(5)
Decline in the Influence of the Civic Sector
86(2)
Decline in Independent Politics
88(2)
The Rules Governing the Economy
90(37)
Global Trade and Investment Policy
90(10)
Taxation
100(8)
The Restructuring of Work and the Breakdown in the Social Contract
108(6)
Regulation and Deregulation
114(2)
Federal Reserve and Monetary Policy
116(3)
Government Social Spending, the Safety Net, and Corporate Welfare
119(5)
The Culture of Greed vs. the Common Good
124(3)
Building a Fair Economy Movement
127(14)
The Tradition of Taking Action to Reduce Inequality
128(3)
Movement Building
131(1)
Stages of Social Movements
132(4)
Cultural Preparation and Organization
134(1)
Building Public Support
135(1)
Consolidation
136(1)
Building a Movement Infrastructure
136(2)
Strategy: What Policies Are We For?
138(3)
Actions to Close the Economic Divide
141(72)
Building a Real Democracy
145(26)
Building Workers' Power
145(7)
Removing the Influence of Big Money from Our Democracy
152(5)
Building Independent Politics
157(3)
Reining in Corporate Power
160(11)
Changing the Rules to Build a Fair Economy
171(42)
Global Trade and Investment Rules
171(10)
Reducing Wage Inequality
181(8)
Reducing Wealth Inequality
189(3)
Fair Taxation
192(9)
Fighting Corporate Welfare
201(5)
Reforming Monetary Policy and the Federal Reserve
206(2)
Alternatives for a Fair Economy
208(5)
Conclusion 213(2)
Appendix We Are United for a Fair Economy 215(4)
Further Reading 219(2)
Notes 221

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