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A ‘Fundamentally Inhuman’ Economy: 26 Billionaires Own as Much as World’s 3.8 Billion Poorest People

By Jake Johnson ~ Common Dreams ~ While the wealth of billionaires increased by $900 billion last year, or $2.5 billion a day, latest Oxfam report on inequality shows “this bonanza has not been felt by the poorest half of the world, which saw its wealth decline by 11 percent.” With Wall Street titans, tech moguls, and other members of the global financial and political elite set to gather in Davos, Switzerland…

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Do We Really Need Billionaires?

By Lawrence Wittner ~ Common Dreams ~ According to numerous reports, the world’s billionaires keep increasing in number and, especially, in wealth In March 2018, Forbes reported that it had identified 2,208 billionaires from 72 countries and territories.  Collectively, this group was worth $9.1 trillion, an increase in wealth of 18 percent since the preceding year.  Americans led the way with a record 585 billionaires, followed by mainland China which, despite its professed commitment…

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America 2018: Even More Gilded Than America 1918

By Bob Lord ~ Other Words ~ Wealth is more concentrated now than it was in John D. Rockefeller’s day. It took 100 years, but America has returned to its unequal past. With a vengeance. The year many consider the height of the Gilded Age, when John D. Rockefeller’s wealth was at its peak, was exactly a century ago, in 1918. By that time, Rockefeller had amassed about $1.2 billion…

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