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David Brooks’ Utter Ignorance About Inequality

Occasionally David Brooks, who personifies the oxymoron “conservative thinker” better than anyone I know, displays such profound ignorance that a rejoinder is necessary lest his illogic permanently pollute public debate.

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There’s Not Enough Money

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Inequality

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Income Inequality

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‘Left, Right & Center’: A Year of Inequality—Scourge or Spur?

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists respond to President Obama’s declaration that inequality is the major issue of our time and the pope’s apparent agreement.

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Income Equality

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Christmas and the Poor

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Pope Marx

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Left, Right & Center: ‘The Meaning of Mandela and Income Inequality’

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss Nelson Mandela’s contribution to a world of equality, President Obama’s speech on inequality and social mobility, and the fast food workers striking to change their lives.

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Oh Christmas Tree

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Pope Against Tyranny of Markets

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1 Birdie

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Wealth Disparity

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A Lesson for Future Presidents and Children

The No. 1 problem we face is inequality, and the beginning of a new school year is the appropriate moment to ask what role education plays. Are schools part of the solution or are they part of the problem?

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Some Labor Day Observations: Where Will the Fight Go From Here?

As the nation faces a continued and massive gap between the haves and the have-nots, we listen to some different voices and observations about where organized labor is, and where it might be headed.

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Schools Dream

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Note to All Men: Feminism Is About Choices

In the modern-day discussion about misogyny, women are often accused of “reverse sexism.” This is usually because they apply their arguments about gender bias to “all men” and it hurts some people’s feelings. What if that’s the point?

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What Liberal Media?

“If you know anyone who still believes in a ‘liberal media,’ ” writes David Akadjian at The Washington Spectator, “here are 13 things everyone would know” if it really existed.

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Average CEO Makes More in 1 Day Than Worker Makes in 1 Year

The salaries of corporate CEOs in the U.S. have ballooned so ridiculously in the past 50 years that the average chief executive now earns roughly 237 times what the average American worker collects.

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Reframing the Economic Debate (Video)

It’s not that most Americans have been living beyond our means, but our means haven’t kept up because of widening inequality.

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Gaze Upon the Danish Dream of Freedom

Unlike the Danes, American society has abstracted freedom from its prerequisite of economic security. Vermonters learned of enviable Danish freedom in a series of town meetings this month with one of their senators, Bernie Sanders, and Peter Taksoe-Jensen, the Danish ambassador to the U.S.

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College: A Lesson in Inequality

Rather than bridging economic disparities between students, higher education seems to be widening them; although Google’s new customizable maps sound like a great idea, they filter out a lot of useful information; and although some would like to blame the collapse of the middle class on the Internet, truth is it was falling apart long before the World Wide Web. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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City Schools

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Presidential Con Artist

George W. Bush’s paintings do not reveal anything about the Iraq War, despite our wishing that they did; absurdly, the main argument against gay marriage is the state’s supposed need to regulate procreation; meanwhile, the entire Senate voted against Social Security cuts and the media said nothing. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Income Growth for 90 Percent of Americans Over Last 4 Decades Averaged $59

For the top 10 percent of American taxpayers though, it was—not surprisingly—a lot more.

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The Contest Over the Real Economic Problem

The biggest problems we face are unemployment, stagnant wages, slow growth and widening inequality—not deficits. The major goal must be to get jobs and wages back, not balance the budget.

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Phoenix in the Climate Cross Hairs

If you want a taste of the brutal new climate to come, don’t think of Hurricane Katrina or Superstorm Sandy. Look to Phoenix, where if the power goes out, people fry.

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Watch: The Staggering Extent of Wealth Inequality in the U.S.

An infographic-heavy video on wealth distribution that went viral over the weekend reveals that the gap between the rich and the poor in the U.S. is probably much worse than you think.

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Why Obama Must Meet the Republican Lies Directly

The White House apparently believes the best way to strengthen its hand in the upcoming “sequester” showdown with Republicans is to tell Americans how awful the spending cuts will be, and blame Republicans for them.

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Oscar News

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Watch ‘Obey’: Film Based on Chris Hedges’ ‘Death of the Liberal Class’

The movie explores the rise of the corporate state and the future of obedience in a world filled with unfettered capitalism, worsening inequality and environmental changes.

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The Non Zero-Sum Society

A newly released analysis by the Economic Policy Institute shows that the super rich have done well in the economic recovery while almost everyone else has done badly.

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Barack to Mitt: Corporations Run the Economy

President Obama should send this open letter to his GOP opponent—pronto!

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Labor Day and the Election of 2012: It’s Inequality, Stupid

The most troubling economic trend facing America this Labor Day weekend is the increasing concentration of income, wealth and political power at the very top – among a handful of extraordinarily wealthy people – and the steady decline of the great American middle class.

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Augusta Golf Club Admits First 2 Female Members

By inviting former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and South Carolina financier Darla Moore to join, the Augusta National Golf Club has finally entered the 21st century.

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Who’s Not Putting Americans Back to Work

With the encouragement of Mitt Romney, House Republicans are doing everything they can to keep Americans from getting work, just to defeat President Obama.

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TED: ‘A Money-Soaked Orgy of Self-Congratulatory Futurism’

In the wake of a recent scandal over TED’s refusal to publish a talk about income inequality, Alex Pareene at Salon performs a neat takedown of the organization’s driving ethos. (Hint: It has to do with the “1 percent” that the Occupy movement is raging about.)

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TED Decides Not to Post Income Inequality Talk

TED, the sleek pioneering giant of the online video salon, boasts the tagline: “Ideas worth spreading.” But the group declined to post a talk by Seattle-based venture capitalist and Amazon.com investor Nick Hanauer, who said the middle class, not wealthy financiers like himself, were the nation’s real “job creators.”

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Frightening Charts From the Senate Inequality Hearing

As if there were any doubt, a two-hour Senate Budget Committee hearing on Thursday reported some alarming trends in income inequality, Mother Jones reported. (more)

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Rich-Poor Gap

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Inequality in Ancient Rome and Modern America

Historians used the Gini coefficient, a modern measure of wealth inequality, to compare disparities between the classes in the Roman Empire 150 years after the death of Christ and those in the United States today. The ancients, with their ranks of plebeians, patricians and senators, scored slightly better than we did. (more)

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The Making of the American 99% and the Collapse of the Middle Class

Until a few months ago, the 99% was hardly a group capable of articulating “the identity of their interests.” It contained, and still contains, most “ordinary” rich people, along with middle-class professionals, factory workers, truck drivers, and miners, as well as the much poorer people who clean the houses, manicure the fingernails, and maintain the lawns of the affluent.

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Introducing the ‘Near Poor’

The Census Bureau published a new measure of poverty this month to more carefully count those Americans who are barely getting by. The new income category—“near poor”—is up for grabs to those in the OWS movement, who could use it to better tell their alternative story of broad American hardship. (more)

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The Data Behind the Occupy Movement

Do the Occupiers know what they’re talking about when they chant, “We are the 99 percent!”? With a quick animation, The Guardian breaks down the key economic data representing the conditions that have brought thousands of the disempowered and discontented into the streets all across the country.

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How Economic Inequality Harms Societies

Richard Wilkinson and partner Kate Pickett ran the data and came to the conclusion that the national income of a country is insignificant to its social well-being when compared with income inequality. Wilkinson says, “If Americans want to live the American dream, they should go to Denmark.”

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Dismal Reports From Two U.S. Inequality Studies

The 1 percenters targeted by those leading the Wall Street occupation had a profitable run between 1979 and 2007. Their average after-tax income grew 275 percent in that period, while income for the 60 percent of the population in the middle of the earning scale grew by just under 40 percent. (more)

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Activist Spells Out Our Great Shame

Gus Speth, environmental lawyer, former Clinton adviser and founder of the Washington, D.C.-based World Resources Institute, who was arrested Sunday at the White House while protesting a proposed oil pipeline, has some bad news for American optimists. (more)

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Unions and Inequality by the Numbers

The precise effects of the broad deunionization of the American workforce since the 1970s are difficult to quantify, but a recent paper from the American Sociological Review has made an effort anyway. The study found that in addition to raising the income of union laborers ... (more)

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