from The Great Debate:

Here’s what it will take for Americans to start getting pay raises

By Robert Kuttner
October 13, 2014

Demonstrators rally to raise the hourly minimum wage for fast-food workers at City Hall in Seattle

What will it really take to give America a raise?

A lot of well-credentialed policy experts have been writing nonsense about why Americans can’t be paid more.

from The Great Debate UK:

The benefits of a Scottish Yes vote

September 18, 2014

'Yes' campaigners holding Scottish Saltire flags gather for a rally in George Square, GlasgowThe list of catastrophes that would befall Britain in the event of Scottish independence continues to grow. If you believe the latest reports then money is being withdrawn from cash points around Scotland at a rapid clip - the next thing will be a plague of locusts.

from Breakingviews:

Review: Paul Ryan changes delivery but not direction

August 22, 2014

By Stephanie Rogan

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are her own. 

from Anatole Kaletsky:

Karl Marx was right — at least about one thing

By Anatole Kaletsky
July 11, 2014

 A board displays the Dow Jones industrials average after the close at the New York Stock Exchange

Confidence in the global economy is steadily improving, as shown in the financial markets’ bullish behavior and confident comments from companies and policymakers over the past few weeks. Though these columns have argued in favor of a robust recovery, when investors get uniformly bullish, the pessimistic case deserves attention.

from Lawrence Summers:

Inequality is about more than money

By Lawrence Summers
June 9, 2014

Graduates from Columbia University's School of Business hold a sign as they cheer during university's commencement ceremony in New York

With Thomas Piketty’s book, Capital in the 21st Century, rising to number 1 on best-seller lists, inequality has become central to the public debate over economic policy. Piketty, and much of this discussion, focuses on the sharp increases in the share of income and wealth going to the top 1 percent, .1 percent and .01 percent of the population.

from Breakingviews:

Review: Brazil’s toughest tests lie off the pitch

May 16, 2014

By Dominic Elliott 

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

from The Great Debate:

Elites focus on inequality; real people just want growth

By Bill Schneider
May 5, 2014

kochs & warrenThe economic debate is now sharply focused on the issue of income inequality. That may not be the debate Democrats want to have, however. It's negative and divisive. Democrats would be better off talking about growth -- a hopeful and unifying agenda.

from Nicholas Wapshott:

The surprise success of Thomas Piketty

By Nicholas Wapshott
April 30, 2014

The surprise success of the French economist Thomas Piketty’s income disparity blockbuster Capital in the 21st Century has forced battlelines to be drawn in the world of political economics.

from The Great Debate:

The increasing significance of race

By David Dante Troutt
April 28, 2014

Behind every Supreme Court decision is a sociology of ordinary life. Opinions reveal the justices’ view of what’s what in the world, how people act and why things change.

from Felix Salmon:

The Piketty pessimist

By Felix Salmon
April 25, 2014

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This chart comes from the World Economic Forum’s 2014 Global Risks Report, which came out just before Thomas Piketty’s book started becoming the topic of discussion in economic and plutocratic circles.* You can clearly see what you might call the rise of inequality-as-an issue: before 2012 it’s nowhere to be found, but since then it’s been consistently in the top spot. My prediction is that in 2015, thanks to Piketty, the WEF will start talking less about income inequality, and more about wealth inequality.