Economic Apartheid in America A Primer on Economic Inequality and Insecurity

ISBN-10: 1595580158

ISBN-13: 9781595580153

Edition: 2nd 2005 (Revised)

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This updated edition of the widely touted Economic Apartheid in America looks at the causes and manifestations of wealth disparities in the United States, including tax policy in light of the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts and recent corporate scandals. Published with two leading organizations dedicated to addressing economic inequality, the book looks at recent changes in income and wealth distribution and examines the economic policies and shifts in power that have fueled the growing divide. Praised by Sojurners as "a clear blueprint on how to combat growing inequality," Economic Apartheid in America provides "much-needed groundwork for more democratic discussion and participation in economic life" (Tikkun), with "a wealth of eye-opening data" (The Beacon) focusing on the decline of organized labor and civic institutions, the battle over global trade, and the growing inequality of income and wages, it argues that most Americans are shut out of the discussion of the rules governing their economic lives. Accessible and engaging and illustrated throughout with charts, graphs, and political cartoons, the book lays out a comprehensive plan for action.
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Book details

List price: $23.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: New Press, The
Publication date: 10/31/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 254
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.518
Language: English

Chuck Collins is the co-director of United for a Fair Economy.

The late Felice Yeskel was cofounder of Class Action.

Acknowledgments
Foreword
Introduction: Economic Boom for Whom?
The Amazing U.S. Economy?
Warning: Entering New Global Economy-Proceed with Caution
The Trends: Rising Tide, Sinking Boats
We Can Build a Fairer Economy
About the Book
The Dangerous Consequences of Growing Inequality
Pressures Facing Our Households
Inequality and the Threat to Prosperity
Inequality and Democracy
Inequality and Public Health
Social Polarization and the Withdrawal of the Haves
You Are On Your Own: The New Individualism
Gated Communities and Bigger Prisons
The Picture: Growing Economic Insecurity and Inequality
The Inequality of Income and Wages
Race, Gender, and Income
The Gap between Highest and Average Wage-Earners
The Inequality of Wealth
What Is Wealth and Why Is It Important?
The Concentration of Wealth
The Myth of Who Owns Assets
The Wealth-Holders
Global Inequality
The Champagne-Glass Global Distribution of Income
The Causes of Inequality
Why Has Inequality Grown?
The Power Shift
Money Power in Our Democracy
The Rise in Concentrated Corporate Power
The Attack on Workers' Rights
Decline in the Influence of the Civic Sector
Decline in Independent Politics
The Rules Governing the Economy
Global Trade and Investment Policy
Taxation
The Restructuring of Work and the Breakdown in the Social Contract
Regulation and Deregulation
Federal Reserve and Monetary Policy
Government Social Spending, the Safety Net, and Corporate Welfare
The Culture of Greed vs. the Common Good
Building a Fair Economy Movement
The Tradition of Taking Action to Reduce Inequality
Movement-Building
Stages of Social Movements
Cultural Preparation and Organization
Building Public Support
Consolidation
Building a Movement Infrastructure
Challenging the Mythology Underlying Inequality
Understanding Class in U.S. Society
Actions to Close the Economic Divide
Building a Real Democracy
Building Workers' Power
Removing the Influence of Big Money from Our Democracy
Building Independent Politics
Reining in Corporate Power
Changing the Rules to Build a Fair Economy
Global Trade and Investment Rules
Reducing Wage Inequality
Reducing the Asset and Wealth Gap
Fair Taxation
Fighting Corporate Welfare
Reforming Monetary Policy and the Federal Reserve
Alternatives for a Fair Economy
Conclusion
We Are United for a Fair Economy and Class Action
Further Reading
Notes
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