What do we do about inequality?

Wicked problems are the massive, intractable issues which tend to defy solutions, or even progress. They’re interconnected and systemic, so attempts to affect change often ripple through in unexpected ways. Things like war, epidemics, and climate change are just a few of the things which the Wicked Problems Collaborative will take on.

Our first book “What do we do about inequality?” looks at rampant and growing disparities in various forms and looks to help the reader understand these problem from new perspectives, while also offering ideas towards creating outcomes that are more just than those that are currently endured.

Reviews
What do we do about inequality? is an important book. Chris Oestereich, its editor (and a key contributor) has created a platform for comparing ideas about a core social issue. It’s hard to find an area of life, or of the world, that inequality does not influence. Those who enjoy the privileges of inequality, whether it be racial, religious, gender, or economic, may not regard inequality as a problem. This fortunate minority lives in a bubble of denial. Moral considerations aside, resentment engendered by inequality is noxious and enduring. To ignore simmering discontent is to invite a chaotic, volatile, and spontaneous solution. This would certainly bring change, but of the sort that would have profound and unpredictable consequences.
-Diane Donovan – Sr. Reviewer; Midwest Book Review

Table of Contents | Contributors

  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