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Tag: Class

Why the Real Labor Day Is May 1

Whereas May Day “celebrates the historic power of the working class to oppose its oppression and fundamentally alter society … Labor Day is just another legacy of worker defeat,” writes Jonah Walters in Jacobin magazine.

Posted on Sep 7, 2015 READ MORE

10 Years After Katrina, New Orleans Is ‘Gentrification’s Ground Zero’

In the 10 years since Hurricane Katrina, many of New Orleans’ low-income black residents have been displaced, with gentrification entailing a dramatic transformation of the city’s class structure and cultural identity.

Posted on Aug 28, 2015 READ MORE

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Princeton Study Uses the ‘O’ Word to Describe American Politics

This won’t come as a total shock, but there’s some new hard data to back up what we already suspect anecdotally: Our democracy is really an oligarchy.

Posted on Jan 16, 2015 READ MORE

Lives on the Boundary: Education and Inequality

For almost 35 years, I’ve been writing about people who have had a hard time of it in school, and this writing has led me to examine our definition of intelligence and measures of academic achievement, the relation of social class and inequality to achievement, and the very purpose of education in a democratic society.

Posted on Nov 18, 2014 READ MORE

Wearable Technology or Identity Reassignment?: Renee Zellweger’s and Tameka Harris’ Transformations

Zellweger and Harris are teaching us a couple of lessons about how identity looks and feels in our techno-driven world.

Posted on Nov 1, 2014 READ MORE

A Third Lens: Why Awareness of Class Cultures Can Strengthen Movements for Social Change

Bringing a class analysis to our understanding of privilege can help make sense of a broad range of experiences.

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Bury My Clothes

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Bury My Clothes

For National Poetry Month, we look at Roger Bonair-Agard’s meditation on survival, race and establishing personhood in a world that says you have none.

Posted on Apr 25, 2014 READ MORE

Brazil’s Leaders Set Lower and Middle Classes Against Each Other

“In Brazil there is a saying: ‘A good thief is a dead thief,’ ” journalist Nicole Froio writes at The Guardian. “These words have never been more relevant in today’s Brazilian class-ridden landscape, where prejudice, violence and racism run free.”

Posted on Feb 9, 2014 READ MORE

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In the Shadow of War

For at least a decade, Americans have been living in the shadow of war and yet, except in pop fiction of the Tom Clancy variety (where, in the end, we always win), there’s remarkably little evidence of it.

Posted on Dec 13, 2013 READ MORE


The Return of the Working Class Hero

For more than three decades, working class Americans receded as cultural heroes, replaced in the popular imagination by swashbuckling entrepreneurs, brilliant innovators, and shrewd investors who make millions at the touch of a computer key.

Posted on Dec 9, 2013 READ MORE


Housing Market Heats Up

Good news for homeowners: The value of your average castle, according to one index, rose in May by 12.2 percent, the highest jump in seven years.

Posted on Jul 30, 2013 READ MORE

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Would Class-Based Admissions Be Better?

Affirmative action lives for now. But there was enough in Monday’s Supreme Court opinion to suspect it will be diminished further in time, which makes it an opportune moment to think again about what some people think could be a fairer and more palatable way of ensuring diversity on America’s campuses—class-based affirmative action.

Posted on Jun 25, 2013 READ MORE

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The Eternal Rebel: Ronnie Kasrils

A white warrior against apartheid who dedicated his life to the African National Congress is now assailing the ruling party for its failure to wrest economic power from a tiny elite and place it in the majority’s hands. His story resonates far beyond South Africa.

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Race and Class, Past and Present

Avery Arlington, the main character of the novel “Elsewhere, California,” is someone you know: the awkward, only black girl in class, the girl hanging out at the 7-Eleven magazine rack wishing she was anybody but herself, and the artist whose work makes you uncomfortable.

Posted on Oct 10, 2012 READ MORE

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Repackaging Mitt as a Compassionate Conservative? Why It’s Too Late

Romney’s stories on the campaign trail have been about business successes—people who started businesses in garages and grew their companies into global giants, millionaires who began poor. Curiously absent from these narratives have been the stories of ordinary Americans caught in an economy over which they have no control. At least until now.

Posted on Sep 26, 2012 READ MORE

Precious Romney

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Class vs. Race

These may be the first elections in which class will carry more weight than race; the “right to be forgotten” threatens freedom of speech on the Internet; meanwhile, some smartphone voice recognition software is racist and sexist. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Feb 14, 2012 READ MORE

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What Newt Learned From Nixon

By shrewdly combining the politics of class with the politics of culture, Newt Gingrich won his first election in 14 years.

Posted on Jan 22, 2012 READ MORE

Composite: Wikimedia Commons / Flickr / _PaulS_ (CC-BY-SA)

Jesus and the 99 Percent

We in the Christian community are asking how the Occupy Wall Street movement’s message coheres with our theological precepts. Should the church be for or against OWS?

Posted on Dec 2, 2011 READ MORE

Robert Scheer and Chris Hedges on Class Struggle

Last week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK, the columnists had an in-depth discussion about the Occupy movement and the ruling class, which Hedges said is “totally divorced from what’s happening.”

Posted on Nov 1, 2011 READ MORE

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Chris Hedges and Robert Scheer on Class Struggle

Last week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK, the columnists had an in-depth discussion about the Occupy movement and the ruling class, which Hedges said is “totally divorced from what’s happening.”

Posted on Nov 1, 2011 READ MORE

AP / Eric Gay

Occupiers Have to Convince the Other 99 Percent

The occupation movement’s greatest challenge will be overcoming the deep distrust of white liberals by the poor and the working class, especially people of color.

Posted on Oct 24, 2011 READ MORE


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David Nallah (CC-BY)

Class Warfare: Bring It On!

President Obama came out here last Tuesday to proclaim himself a "warrior for the middle class." Would that it were true.

Posted on Sep 28, 2011 READ MORE

White House / Pete Souza

Why They Hate Warren Buffett

You can’t accuse a big capitalist of “class warfare.” That’s why the right wing despises Warren Buffett and is trying so hard to shut him up.

Posted on Sep 28, 2011 READ MORE

Chris Hedges Occupies Wall Street

The Truthdig columnist sits in with protesters and says the power elite are “very, very frightened,” adding, “They do not want movements like this to grow.”

Posted on Sep 26, 2011 READ MORE

White House / Pete Souza

The Fight-Back Plan

The GOP and its upper-crust patrons have been waging an undeclared but devastating war against middle-class, working-class and poor Americans for decades. Now they scream bloody murder at the notion that long-suffering victims might finally hit back.

Posted on Sep 19, 2011 READ MORE

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Naomi Klein on Riots and Resistance

Britain’s riots were not political, we are assured, and looting is simply un-British, but “Shock Doctrine” author Naomi Klein takes a different view: From Iraq to Argentina, when corrupt elites pass the bill to the struggling masses, civil unrest is to be expected.

Posted on Aug 16, 2011 READ MORE

Reconciling ‘The Help’ With the History

There has to be a lingering suspicion (and hatred) that “The Help” cannot bear to contemplate. It wants us to believe that all involved learned their costly lessons in the Mississippi of 50 years ago.

Posted on Aug 14, 2011 READ MORE

Julian Farmer (CC-BY-ND)

London Riots: They’re Paying Attention Now

It’s day four of riots and madness in the U.K., and if we want to understand what’s happening, we’d best pay attention to young journalists like Laurie Penny, who wrote Tuesday: “Angry young people with nothing to do and little to lose are turning on their own communities, and they cannot be stopped, and they know it.”

Posted on Aug 9, 2011 READ MORE

Joseph Stiglitz on the Budget and ‘the 1%’

Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz was Amy Goodman’s timely guest on “Democracy Now!” on Thursday, giving his much-needed perspective on the proposed 2012 budget and his must-read Vanity Fair article, “Of the 1%, by the 1%, for the 1%.”

Posted on Apr 7, 2011 READ MORE

AP / Jason DeCrow

The Peasants Need Pitchforks

The delusion of a classless America in which opportunity is equally distributed is the most effective deception perpetrated by the moneyed elite that controls all the key levers of power in what passes for our democracy.

Posted on Apr 6, 2011 READ MORE

The Surprising New Class Politics

The battle for the Midwest is transforming American politics. Issues of class inequality and union influence, long dormant, have come back to life.

Posted on Mar 27, 2011 READ MORE

Behind the Fox News Facade

Sheep are the smartest animals in the farmyard, Fox News is ... a propaganda machine, and Julian Assange may have four love children.These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Feb 13, 2011 READ MORE

Sole Brothers

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Waiter, There’s Porn in My Slideshow

Why you should always do a test run before a presentation, what America’s war dead say about the class divide, and how air travel in coach could get a whole lot worse.

Posted on Sep 21, 2010 READ MORE

Pitfalls of Soaking the Rich

Rich Trumka—the AFL-CIO president intercepts any attempted honorific with an easy “Call me Rich”—comes armed with charts. His first one is, literally, in shades of gray. Its message is anything but.

Posted on Jul 6, 2010 READ MORE

AP / Andy Blenkush

Borrowing While Poor

Why should a poor borrower be held more responsible than a rich borrower for the default of another poor borrower?

Posted on Apr 20, 2010 READ MORE

Cornel West on ‘Fault Lines’

On the most recent episode of Avi Lewis’ “Fault Lines,” Princeton professor Cornel West talks race, class, foreign policy, the global recession, and the current political pressure that is being put upon Barack Obama.

Posted on Mar 12, 2010 READ MORE

Baby Sitter Blues

With 70 percent of children living in households where all adults are working, we need to reexamine the disparity that makes child care a luxury working families can’t afford.

Posted on Feb 3, 2010 READ MORE

Flickr / Mat Packer

South Carolina Lt. Gov. Apologizes for Comparing the Poor to ‘Stray Animals’

South Carolina’s Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer has apologized for comparing poor people to “stray animals” that are encouraged by gifts of food to breed uncontrollably. Bauer, who is running in the state’s gubernatorial election, told CNN while apologizing that he is “not against animals.”

Posted on Jan 25, 2010 READ MORE

Cornel West Calls Out Barack Obama

In this video message to the president, the celebrated professor asks, “How deep is your love for poor and working people?” and urges, “Don’t simply be the friendly face of the American empire.”

Posted on Jan 24, 2010 READ MORE

Some of Haiti’s Upper Class Spared Earthquake’s Worst

Natural disasters may not discriminate, but some members of Haiti’s upper class managed to avoid the worst of last week’s earthquake simply by virtue of geography, as many of them live outside Port-au-Prince in the suburban enclave of nearby Petionville, which The Washington Post describes as “Beverly Hills, but with razor wire.”

Posted on Jan 18, 2010 READ MORE

White House / Samantha Appleton

Prizing Peace on the Home Front

President Obama should make peace with the “angry white men” who see his Nobel Prize as a token of elitism by enacting policies that address their economic grievances.

Posted on Oct 11, 2009 READ MORE

Dalai Lama

The Dalai Lama on Compassion, ‘Man-Made Problems’

The Dalai Lama ran with the theme of the day while accepting the Lantos Human Rights Prize in Washington on Tuesday, taking the opportunity to point out that “generally speaking, we are lacking” when it comes to “taking care of others’ well-being.” While he was at it, he also schooled his audience about America’s widening class divide.

Posted on Oct 6, 2009 READ MORE

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Tracy Quan on Class Anxieties

Julian Fellowes’ novel “Past Imperfect” provides a compelling fictive crossroads where the myths and realities of class collide.

Posted on Oct 2, 2009 READ MORE

Old Mai Dong Lao Had a Pension

It’s hard to keep up the communist rhetoric when you’ve got Gucci. Harder still with millions of farmers struggling to scratch out a living while China’s select few live the good life. Beijing is hip to the growing class tensions, however, and will start subsidizing a national pension for rural workers.

Posted on Aug 5, 2009 READ MORE

Summit Up

Posted on Jul 30, 2009 READ MORE    

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