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

Tekijä: Chuck Collins

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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? 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. 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. Collins calls for a ceasefire and invites the wealthy to come back home, investing themselves and their wealth in struggling communities.  And he asks the non-wealthy to build alliances with the one percent and others at the top of the wealth ladder. Stories told along the way explore the roots of advantage, show how taxpayers subsidize the wealthy, and reveal how charity, used incorrectly, can actually reinforce extreme inequality. Readers meet pioneers who are crossing the divide to work together in new ways, including residents in the author's own Boston-area neighborhood who have launched some of the most interesting community transition efforts in the nation. In the end, Collins's national and local solutions not only challenge inequality but also respond to climate change and offer an unexpected, fresh take on one of our most intransigent problems.… (lisätietoja)
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Chuck Collins the author of Born on Third Base refers to himself as a I%er. He is a great grandson of Oscar Myer. The subtitle A One Percenter Makes the Case for Tackling Inequality, Bringing Wealth Home, and Committing to the Common Good makes a good introduction to the book. Collins refers to himself as a 1%er but he has actually given away most of his inheritance. The part of his inheritance he has not and cannot give up is the privilege that comes from education, connections and knowledge.

Collins has worked with Bill Gates Sr. on the inheritance tax issues. He and Gates Sr. agree that it is not unfair to tax large estates. He countered one opponent to the inheritance tax whose argument was that he worked very hard for his money and deserved to control all of it even in death. Collins answered that many thousands of low income people also work very hard, often long hours at several jobs and never become wealthy from their hard work. In fact their hard work has contributed to other people becoming wealthy or wealthier.

Nobody becomes wealthy by themselves. Many wealthy people have claimed to have done it all on their own. Even President George W. Bush made that claim. Of course it is totally dishonest, Bush was born wealthy and became wealthier with lots of help.

As Collins points out inequality is not good for the country as a whole and it is not good for the wealthy either. This book is worthwhile. I recommend it. ( )
  MMc009 | Jan 30, 2022 |
In his latest book, "Born on Third Base," Chuck Collins explains why inequality in its many forms impacts everyone. Privilege does not protect one from the negative consequences of systemic inequality. We are all interconnected. While severe in his criticisms of American political and economic practices, Collins is empathetic toward those in poverty and those with financial wealth alike. The bold solutions he offers require the participation and cooperation of all members of society. He argues for the need to rebuild true communities if we are to overcome the economic, social, and environmental challenges facing the world. Collins feels deeply about the many forms of inequality that divide America, but this book is not an angry rant. Collins thinks deeply about the issues and seeks to reach out with empathy to those on both sides of the divide. This is a book to be read by those who are serious about creating a united America. ( )
  mitchellray | Nov 20, 2016 |
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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? 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. 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. Collins calls for a ceasefire and invites the wealthy to come back home, investing themselves and their wealth in struggling communities.  And he asks the non-wealthy to build alliances with the one percent and others at the top of the wealth ladder. Stories told along the way explore the roots of advantage, show how taxpayers subsidize the wealthy, and reveal how charity, used incorrectly, can actually reinforce extreme inequality. Readers meet pioneers who are crossing the divide to work together in new ways, including residents in the author's own Boston-area neighborhood who have launched some of the most interesting community transition efforts in the nation. In the end, Collins's national and local solutions not only challenge inequality but also respond to climate change and offer an unexpected, fresh take on one of our most intransigent problems.

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