Books from United for a Fair Economy

  • book cover Teaching Economics As If People Mattered. 2007, ISBN 0-9659249-4-7 (182 pp.). Field-tested by high school teachers, this innovative and accessible economics curriculum looks at the human implications of economic policies. Twenty-one lesson plans are designed to stimulate dialogue and encourage active student participation in the classroom. Also suitable for college courses, formal and informal adult education, and self-study.
  • book cover Inequality Matters: The Growing Economic Divide in America and Its Poisonous Consequences. Edited by Jim Lardner and David Smith. Published in collaboration with Demos. Introduction by Bill Moyers. 2005, The New Press, ISBN 1-56584-995-7 (224 pp.). Since the 1970s, the U.S. economy has been sending more and more of its rewards to fewer and fewer people. Drawing on careful research, the contributors explore issues such as the real story of how America has changed; dimensions of inequality (education, health, and opportunity); causes of inequality -- looking past the usual suspects of technology, trade, and immigration; the persistence of racial disparities; the erosion of democracy and community; and inequality as a moral and religious problem. Not just a catalog of inequality's ills, the book concludes with a plausible and hopeful policy path, beyond redistribution...to a more just and humane economy.
  • book cover Economic Apartheid in America: A Primer on Economic Inequality and Insecurity. By Chuck Collins and Felice Yeskel with United for a Fair Economy and Class Action. 2005, The New Press, ISBN 1-59558-015-8, (272 pp.). Focusing on the decline of organized labor and civic institutions, the battle over global trade, and the growing inequality of income and wages, Economic Apartheid in America argues that most Americans are shut out of the discussion of the rules governing their economic lives.
  • book cover The Activist Cookbook: Creative Actions for a Fair Economy. 1997, ISBN 0-9659249-0-4 (110 pp.). A hands-on manual for activists and artists who want to find new ways to spice up their messages. Over 100 graphically-charged pages of inspiring examples and creative action ideas to liven up your meetings, conferences, campaigns, media events and more. Complete do-it-yourself recipes for producing United for a Fair Economy's most well-known performances, including "100 Musical Chairs" and "The Rich People's Liberation Front."
  • book cover Wealth and Our Commonwealth: Why America Should Tax Accumulated Fortunes, by William H. Gates, Sr. and Chuck Collins. Foreword by Paul Volcker. 2003, ISBN 0-8070-4719-8, (193 pp.). Wealth and Our Commonwealth is the quintessential "Man Bites Dog" story of over 1,000 high-net-worth individuals who rose up to protest the repeal of the estate tax and in the process made headlines everywhere last year. Central to the organization of what Newsweek tagged the "billionaire backlash" were two visionaries: Bill Gates, Sr., co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the largest foundation on earth, and Chuck Collins, co-founder of United for a Fair Economy and Responsible Wealth, and a national expert on economic inequality.
  • book cover Robin Hood Was Right: A Guide to Giving Your Money for Social Change, by Chuck Collins and Pam Rogers with Joan P. Garner. 2001, ISBN 0-393-32085-5, (289 pp.). With its enthusiastic theme of "Change, not Charity!" this book supplies the tools to make giving one of the most meaningful and satisfying ways you can spend your money. The progressive ethic of giving endorsed in Robin Hood Was Right offers detailed and ingenious ways to attack the root causes of social problems.