Category Archives: Wealthy

[Self-promoting post] New Op-ed: “The Previously Unrecognized Costs of Booze, Women, and Movies: Thank you Sen. Chuck Grassley for explaining why people are not rich”

[Self-promoting post] New Op-ed: Ezra Rosser, The Previously Unrecognized Costs of Booze, Women, and Movies: Thank you Sen. Chuck Grassley for explaining why people are not rich, CommonDreams, Dec. 5, 2017.

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New Book: “Poison in the Ivy: Race Relations and the Reproduction of Inequality on Elite College Campuses”

byrdComps.inddNew Book: W. Carson Byrd, Poison in the Ivy: Race Relations and the Reproduction of Inequality on Elite College Campuses (Nov. 2017). Overview below:

The world of elite campuses is one of rarified social circles, as well as prestigious educational opportunities. W. Carson Byrd studied twenty-eight of the most selective colleges and universities in the United States to see whether elite students’ social interactions with each other might influence their racial beliefs in a positive way, since many of these graduates will eventually hold leadership positions in society. He found that students at these universities believed in the success of the ‘best and the brightest,’ leading them to situate differences in race and status around issues of merit and individual effort.

Poison in the Ivy challenges popular beliefs about the importance of cross-racial interactions as an antidote to racism in the increasingly diverse United States. He shows that it is the context and framing of such interactions on college campuses that plays an important role in shaping students’ beliefs about race and inequality in everyday life for the future political and professional leaders of the nation. Poison in the Ivy is an eye-opening look at race on elite college campuses, and offers lessons for anyone involved in modern American higher education.

New Op-Ed: “The Cheap Prosperity Gospel of Trump and Osteen”

New Op-Ed: Anthea Butler, The Cheap Prosperity Gospel of Trump and Osteen, N.Y. Times, Aug. 30, 2017.

Op-Ed: “Black people aren’t keeping white Americans out of college. Rich people are.”

Op-Ed: Christine Emba, Black people aren’t keeping white Americans out of college. Rich people are, Wash. Post, Aug. 4, 2017.

Op-Ed: “Louise Linton and the “Sacrifices” of the Very Rich and Incredibly Obnoxious”

Op-Ed: Ezra Rosser, Louise Linton and the “Sacrifices” of the Very Rich and Incredibly Obnoxious, CommonDreams, Aug. 23, 2017. [Sadly, I was in a rush to pick up my kid from camp and did not read it through a second time before I pressed send–I missed a couple of grammar issues, but oh well.]

New Article: “Taxing Wealth Seriously”

New Article: Edward J. McCaffery, Taxing Wealth Seriously, 70 Tax L. Rev. 305 (2017). Abstract below:

The social and political problems of wealth inequality in America are severe and getting worse. A surprise is that the U.S. tax system, as is, is a significant cause of these problems, not a cure for them. The tax-law doctrines that allow those who already have financial wealth to live, luxuriously and tax-free, or to pass on their wealth tax-free to heirs, are simple. The applicable legal doctrines have been in place for nearly a century under the income tax, the primary social tool for addressing matters of economic inequality. The analytic pathways to reform are easy to see once the law is properly understood. Yet our political systems show no serious interest in taxing wealth seriously. We are letting capital off the hook, and ratcheting up taxes on labor, at precisely a time when deep-seated and long-running economic forces suggest that this is precisely the wrong thing to do. It is time — past time — for a change. This Article canvasses a century of tax policy in the United States to show that we have never been serious about taxing wealth seriously, and to lay out pathways towards reform.

New Book: “Wealth NOMOS LVIII”

New Book: Wealth NOMOS LVIII (Jack Knight and Melissa Schwartzberg eds. 2017).

News Article: “Wealthy Women Can Afford to Reject Marriage, but Poor Women Can’t”

News Article: Emma Green, “Wealthy Women Can Afford to Reject Marriage, but Poor Women Can’t“, The Atlantic, Jan. 15, 2016.

New(ish) Symposium Published: “Law and Inequality”

I missed the publication of this symposium by the Yale Law and Policy Review so here it is a bit dated:

Law and Inequality: An American Constitution Society Conference at Yale Law School
October 16 and 17, 2015

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Martha T. McCluskey, Frank Pasquale & Jennifer Taub
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Frank Pasquale

News Article: ” The Average Black Family Would Need 228 Years to Build the Wealth of a White Family Today”

News Article: Joshua Holland, “The Average Black Family Would Need 228 Years to Build the Wealth of a White Family Today“, The Nation, August 8, 2016.