Why Billionaires Have Gotten Richer During The Pandemic : Consider This from NPR "Excess" profits during wartime have been subject to tax at several points in American history. Writer Anand Giridharadas argues we are at similar point today as billionaire wealth has continued to grow in spite of the pandemic. He is the author of Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World.

Chuck Collins of the Institute for Policy Studies notes U.S. billionaires rebounded quickly from the economic collapse earlier this year.

Alan Murray, CEO of Fortune Media, argues that business leaders today are more conscious of social injustice and inequality than the billionaires of the past.

In participating regions, you'll also hear a local news segment that will help you make sense of what's going on in your community.

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Pandemic 'Profiteers': Why Billionaires Are Getting Richer During An Economic Crisis

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Pandemic 'Profiteers': Why Billionaires Are Getting Richer During An Economic Crisis

Pandemic 'Profiteers': Why Billionaires Are Getting Richer During An Economic Crisis

Pandemic 'Profiteers': Why Billionaires Are Getting Richer During An Economic Crisis

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"Excess" profits during wartime have been subject to tax at several points in American history. Writer Anand Giridharadas argues we are at similar point today as billionaire wealth has continued to grow in spite of the pandemic. He is the author of Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World.

Chuck Collins of the Institute for Policy Studies notes U.S. billionaires rebounded quickly from the economic collapse earlier this year.

Alan Murray, CEO of Fortune Media, argues that business leaders today are more conscious of social injustice and inequality than the billionaires of the past.

In participating regions, you'll also hear a local news segment that will help you make sense of what's going on in your community.

Email us at considerthis@npr.org.

This episode was produced by Brianna Scott, Lee Hale and Brent Baughman. It was edited by Sami Yenigun with help from Wynne Davis, Scott Horsley, and Uri Berliner. Our executive producer is Cara Tallo.