The global economy isn’t working for most people. Instead, it lifts a few ever higher, while the rest fight to get by. This anthology looks at rampant and growing disparities around economic challenges, as well as along several additional lines, including access to opportunities, education, income, race, wealth, and more, and looks to help the reader understand these problems from new perspectives. It also offers ideas towards creating more just, sustainable outcomes. Essays from a diverse group of contributors, including academics, activists, artists, business & NGO leaders, economists, and journalists offer the reader an array of perspectives from which to help reformulate their own.


This book will challenge your thinking as it encourages you to reconsider long-held positions. We won't ask you to agree with any one of us, but that you do consider each of our positions and in the end that you refashion your own. Hopefully, our book will tilt you towards action in a world and a society that’s in desperate need of help.




What do we do about inequality?: Ideas for divergent economies



  1. TO ADDRESS INEQUALITY, THINK GLOBAL | Dylan Matthews
  2. THE IDEOLOGICAL STRAITJACKET | Sean McElwee
  3. WHAT DOES EQUIPOTENTIALITY BRING TO THE TABLE IN TERMS OF EQUALITY? | Michel Bauwens
  4. INEQUALITY, UNCOUNTED | Alex Cobham
  5. THE INEFFICIENCY OF INEQUALITY | Daniel Altman
  6. IS CAPITALISM UNFAIR? | Chris MacDonald
  7. THE PROBLEM OF INEQUALITY | Kevin Carson
  8. TOWARDS RENOUNCING PERSONAL PRIVATIZATION | Nicholas Archer
  9. THE INEQUALITY OF WILDNESS AND THE NECESSITY OF WILDNESS FOR EQUALITY | Megan Hollingsworth
  10. THE STICKINESS OF INJUSTICE | Jennifer Reft
  11. NOBLE FICTIONS AND SACRED TEXTS | Paul Fidalgo

  12. THE VOICES THAT ARE NOT YOUR OWN: MAINTAINING CHOICE IN THE AGE OF THE ALGORITHM | John C. Havens
  13. THE EMPATHY DEFICIT: WHY THE INEQUALITY CRISIS IS ALSO A CRISIS OF EMPATHY | Robin Cangie
  14. BILLIONAIRES WITH DRONES: FROM OLIGARCHY TO NEOMEDIEVALISM | Frank A. Pasquale
  15. WHAT SHOULD THE WORLD LEARN FROM THE EXPERIENCE OF INEQUALITY IN LATIN AMERICA? | Patrick Iber
  16. OCCUPY SANDY AND THE FUTURE OF SOCIALISM | Sam Knight
  17. THE “PLACE OF BIRTH” LOTTERY | David Kaib & Chris Oestereich
  18. INEQUALITY AND THE BASIC INCOME GUARANTEE | Scott Santens
  19. THE AGE OF INEQUALITY: CAUSES, DISCONTENTS, AND A RADICAL WAY FORWARD | Jason Hickel & Alnoor Ladha
  20. TWENTIETH CENTURY SOLUTIONS WON'T WORK FOR TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY INEQUALITY | David O. Atkins
  21. THE STATE OF AFFAIRS: HEADING FROM BAD TO WORSE | Adnan Al-Daini
  22. THE TRAGEDY OF OUR MIDDLE CLASS | Peter Barnes
  23. POST-SCARCITY ECONOMICS: WHY ARE SOME PUNDITS AND ECONOMISTS STILL ENAMORED OF AUSTERITY? | Tom Streithorst
  24. INCOME INEQUALITY: WHAT’S WRONG WITH IT, AND WHAT’S NOT | F. Spagnoli
  25. TURMOIL & TRANSITION | Harold Jarche
  26. KNOWLEDGE, POWER, AND A POTENTIAL SHIFT IN SYSTEMIC INEQUALITY | Jon Husband
  27. THE QUESTION OF INEQUALITY: A VIEW FROM INDIA | Akhila Vijayaraghavan
  28. WHAT YOU KNOW IS BASED ON WHO YOU KNOW | Deborah Mills-Scofield
  29. INEQUALITY IS ABOUT THE POOR, NOT ABOUT THE RICH | Miles Kimball
  30. TO TACKLE EXTREME POVERTY, WE MUST TAKE ON EXTREME INEQUALITY | Nick Galasso & Gawain Kripke
  31. ADDRESSING WEALTH EQUALITY WITH INVESTING SOLUTIONS FROM NATURE, NURTURE, AND SCIENCE | Rosalinda Sanquiche
  32. THE LOGIC OF STUPID POOR PEOPLE: STATUS, POVERTY AND GATEKEEPING | Tressie McMillan Cottom
  33. POOR CHOICES | Melonie Fullick
  34. THE PARTICIPATION GAP | Devin Stewart
  35. GETTING THE FRAME RIGHT | KoAnn Skrzyniarz
  36. THE FIRST JOB CREATOR | Adam Kotsko
  37. LIFE IN THE TREETOPS: A CHOICE OF CHASTENING PRIVATION OR DEBASING PROSPERITY | Chris Oestereich