Barry’s Gleanings: “Separate and Unequal: Chuck Collins on how wealth divides us”
Not only was his great-grandfather Oscar Mayer, of hot-dog fame, and thus Chuck Collins had four generations of stable wealth in his family, but Collins also came to realize as a white male American born into a family in the wealthiest 1 percent, he had great privileges while his neighbors in Detroit dealt with grave racial and economic and societal challenges and inequities.
Among other ideas, Collins sees, “The wealthy need to care about other people’s kids, too. If your kid is getting a debt-free college education because of your family’s wealth, then you should fight like hell for every other kid to have the same opportunity. If you don’t, you’re perpetuating the cycle of inequality” (10).
In the following interview with Megan Wildhood, published in The Sun, (February 2018, Issue 506, p. 6-14), Collins shares why we must recognize that we are all completely intertwined in ways we haven’t even begun to understand – and take personal action to support equality and justice – in nature , in community, with other sentient beings.
Please read the following link for Chuck Collins insights and good ideas:
Also, the most recent issue of Yes magazine focuses on affordable housing. It’s a fabulous collection of examples of what is actually being done. Included is Collins’ commentary: “Make Them Pay: The Global Wealth-Hiding, Ultra-Rich Elites”
“Collins is a director of the Program on Inequality at the Institute for Policy Studies, where he co-edits Inequality.org. He is author of several books, including 99 to 1 and Born on Third Base: A One Percenter Makes the Case for Tackling Inequality, Bringing Wealth Home, and Committing to the Common Good. His latest is Is Inequality in America Irreversible? (Polity Press).” – from Yes! Summer 2018, No. 86, p. 37.
Communities Creating Economical Homes, Protecting a Renter Nation, a Different American Dream:
Read this fabulous issue for multiple solutions to the housing crisis.
What can you do to support and promote equality and justice where you live?