99 to 1

99 to 1

How Wealth Inequality Is Wrecking the World and What We Can Do About It

Book - 2012
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- Brings together for the first time facts and figures showing exactly what "the 99% and the 1%' divide means in the real world and the damage it causes- Identifies the social and historical forces that created and perpetuate this divide - Offers concrete proposals for closing the inequality gapFor over thirty years, we've lived through a radical redistribution of wealth - upward, to a tiny fraction of the population. It's as though we're undertaking a bizarre social experiment to see how much inequality a democratic society can tolerate. As a result "We are the 99%," the rallying cry of the Occupy movement, has spread far beyond its ranks. But who are the 99 percent? Who are the 1 percent? How extensive and systematic is inequality throughout society? What are its true causes and consequences? How is inequality changing in our world? And what can be done about it? For many years Chuck Collins has been a leading voice and activist on these questions. In this book he marshals wide-ranging data from a variety of sources to paint a graphic picture of how disparities in wealth and power play out in America and the world. For the first time, this book reveals the concrete meaning of 'the 99% and the 1%," looking not just at individual households but at the business world, the media, and the earth as a whole. Collins identifies the shifts in social values, political power, and economic policy that have led to our current era of extreme inequality - particularly the way Wall Street has managed to rig the rules of the game in favor of the 1perecentand surveys the havoc inequality has wreaked on virtually every aspect of society. But there is hope. Not only does he offer common-sense proposals for closing the inequality gap, but Collins provides a guide to many of the groups - including some made up of millionaires - that are working to bring about a society that works for everybody: for the 100 percent. This is a struggle that can be won. After all, the odds are 99 to 1 in our favor."Chuck Collins succinctly sums up the history of how we got to the 99-versus-1 divide and provides sound solutions to restore the American Dream. Not only can these solutions bridge the wealth gap - they can also heal some of our nation's deepest wounds." - Van Jones, President, Rebuild the Dream, and author of The Green Collar Economy
Publisher: San Francisco : Berrett-Koehler Publishers, c2012.
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9781609945923
1609945921
Characteristics: xiii, 150 p. :,ill., map.
Alternative Title: Ninety-nine to one

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serob Feb 05, 2016

Where has all the money gone? Not to mention jobs, income security, health care, and economic stability. Mr. Collins, an unabashed, self proclaimed member of the 1%, effectively answers these questions and more. Includes interesting and surprising insights concerning those who inhabit the lofty, exclusive realm of the over privileged class warriors. Since most of the solutions Mr. Collins suggest concern restoring legislation which worked to prevent our current state of affairs and enacting new legislation to to mend the damage which has been done, I find nothing unrealistic there.

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StarGladiator
Feb 02, 2016

I agree with the comments of LRS1969 below - - Chuck is a nice guy, but something of an intellectual lightweight. The economic meltdown was brought to us by the Clinton and Bush Administrations, with the Obama Administration having their backs, and continuing with the same program; if Hillary Clinton [or Ted Cruz or Marco Rubio, et cetera] is elected, we can expect more of the same. To get any type of change, radical actions and activities will be required!

LRS1969 Nov 23, 2015

A pretty good early in reviewing the facts of the income / wealth inequality problem.

But the falls apart further into the book as advice and proposals become totally unrealistic.

As if....

elgersma1 Mar 31, 2013

A great, easy read, highlighting the opportunities that the 1% have created for themselves. Very practical solutions on how to repair...

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