Chuck Collins: "Born on Third Base: A One Percenter Makes the Case for Tackling Inequality, Bringing Wealth Home, and Committing to the Common Good"

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Saturday, July 22, 2017 - 4:00pm
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Oblong Millerton
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Eventbrite - Author Talk & Book Signing: CHUCK COLLINS

Is it really good for anyone that most of society’s wealth is pooling at the very top of the wealth ladder? Does anyone, including the one percent, really want to live in a society plagued by economic apartheid? It is time to think differently, says longtime inequality expert and activist Chuck Collins.

As inequality grabs headlines, steals the show in presidential debates, and drives deep divides between the haves and have nots in America, class war brews. On one side, the wealthy wield power and advantage, wittingly or not, to keep the system operating in their favor―all while retreating into enclaves that separate them further and further from the poor and working class. On the other side, those who find it increasingly difficult to keep up or get ahead lash out―waging a rhetorical war against the rich and letting anger and resentment, however justifiable, keep us from seeing new potential solutions. But can we suspend both class wars long enough to consider a new way forward? Born into the one percent, Collins gave away his inheritance at 26 and spent the next three decades mobilizing against inequality. He uses his perspective from both sides of the divide to deliver a new narrative.

Chuck Collins is a researcher, campaigner, storyteller, and writer based at the Institute for Policy Studies where he co-edits Inequality.org. He has written extensively on wealth inequality in previous books like 99 to 1, Wealth and Our Commonwealth (with Bill Gates Sr.), and Economic Apartheid in America as well as in The Nation, The American Prospect, and numerous other magazines and news outlets. Collins grew up in the 1 percent as the great grandson of meatpacker Oscar Mayer, but at age 26 he gave away his inheritance. He has been working to reduce inequality and strengthen communities since 1982 and in the process has cofounded numerous initiatives, including Wealth for the Common Good (now merged with the Patriotic Millionaires), United for a Fair Economy, and Divest-Invest. He is also a leader in the transition movement, and a co-founder of the Jamaica Plain New Economy Transition and the Jamaica Plain Forum, both in the Boston-area community in which he lives.

 

Born on Third Base: A One Percenter Makes the Case for Tackling Inequality, Bringing Wealth Home, and Committing to the Common Good Cover Image
By Chuck Collins, Morris Pearl (Foreword by)
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Published: Chelsea Green Publishing Company - September 23rd, 2016

Class Lives: Stories from Across Our Economic Divide Cover Image
By Chuck Collins (Editor), Jennifer Ladd (Editor), Maynard Seider (Editor)
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Published: ILR Press - December 2nd, 2014

99 to 1: How Wealth Inequality Is Wrecking the World and What We Can Do about It Cover Image
By Chuck Collins, Barbara Ehrenriech (Foreword by)
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Published: Berrett-Koehler Publishers - April 9th, 2012

Economic Apartheid in America: A Primer on Economic Inequality & Insecurity Cover Image
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Published: New Press - October 31st, 2005