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Truthdigger of the Week: Rep. Alan Grayson (Video)

If the Democratic Party has an honorable future in America, it lies with firebrands of populism like Alan Grayson.

Posted on Mar 22, 2014 READ MORE



NASA-Funded Study Sounds Alarm for Civilization

A new study sponsored by NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center confirmed the prospect that worldwide industrial civilization could collapse in the coming decades under “unsustainable resource exploitation and increasingly unequal wealth distribution,” Dr. Nafeez Ahmed reports at The Guardian.

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Neoliberalism, Youth and Social Justice

In a special interview, Truthout contributor Henry Giroux takes us back to the basics of what can be seen as an ongoing and accelerating war between the rich and everyone else, an event that has resulted in a mass inability “to translate private troubles into larger structural public considerations.”

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Obama Urges Congress to Increase the Minimum Wage

Against opposition in the House and Senate, the president on Saturday lent his voice to the cause of increasing the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 an hour.

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An Aristocracy of Musicians

The top 1 percent of artists take 77 percent of the income earned in the music industry, a new report found.

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The Liberal Love of ‘Inequality’

Like “neoliberalism,” former Harper’s Magazine columnist Thomas Frank writes at Salon, the tone of the term “inequality” is “needlessly clinical, giving the whole debate a technical and bloodless air.”

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Inequality, Productivity and WhatsApp

If you ever wonder what’s fueling America’s staggering inequality, ponder Facebook’s acquisition of the mobile messaging company WhatsApp.

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Why Widening Inequality Is Hobbling Equal Opportunity

Is it to be inequality or equal opportunity?

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Take a Guess at How Many People Collectively Are as Wealthy as Half the World. It’s Less Than That

We’ve all heard that 1 percent of the global population owns 50 percent of the earth’s wealth, and yet, now that the actual number of people has been calculated by the relief organization Oxfam, it’s hard not to cringe at the fact.

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Paul Krugman on ‘The Undeserving Rich’

“The reality of rising American inequality is stark. Since the late 1970s real wages for the bottom half of the work force have stagnated or fallen, while the incomes of the top 1 percent have nearly quadrupled (and the incomes of the top 0.1 percent have risen even more),” the Nobel Prize-winning economist wrote Sunday in The New York Times.

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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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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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Pope Against Tyranny of Markets

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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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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.

Posted on Aug 9, 2013 READ MORE



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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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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.

Posted on Mar 27, 2013 READ MORE



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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.

Posted on Mar 14, 2013 READ MORE



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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.

Posted on Mar 14, 2013 READ MORE


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.

Posted on Mar 4, 2013 READ MORE



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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.

Posted on Feb 25, 2013 READ MORE


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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!

Posted on Sep 27, 2012 READ MORE



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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.

Posted on Aug 31, 2012 READ MORE



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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.)

Posted on May 25, 2012 READ MORE



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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.”

Posted on May 17, 2012 READ MORE


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