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Does Progress Spawn Poverty? A Gilded Age Issue Remains With Us

The “long nineteenth century” of class against class climaxed in the labor insurgency that followed the Great Crash of 1929. It seemed to resolve itself in the New Deal. But the questions it raised have endured, resurfaced, and grown more pressing of late.

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Survey: More Than 60% of Germans Believe Capitalism, Democracy Are Mutually Exclusive

It’s been 25 years and change since the Berlin Wall came down, but as it turns out, many Germans now aren’t so big on the whole capitalism thing.

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Some Wal-Mart Workers to Get a Modest Raise

In an effort to stave off criticism of its low wages, the United States’ largest private employer announced Thursday that it will raise the pay of half a million workers to $9 an hour in the next six months.

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How Trade Deals Boost the Top 1 Percent and Bust the Rest

I used to believe in trade agreements. That was before the wages of most Americans stagnated and a relative few at the top captured just about all the economic gains.

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New Study Shows Why It Makes Absolutely No Sense to Blame the Poor for the Financial Crisis

Despite efforts to blame the housing crisis on lower-income buyers, the truth is that the rich had a greater impact on the economy by defaulting on significantly larger mortgages.

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Does Lack of Empathy for the Poor Make You a Sociopath?

In a scathingly sardonic (and somewhat humorous) column for The Guardian, Lucy Mangan explains why those in the political class, and anyone else who has trouble understanding poverty, are despicable human beings.

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Put a Name to the 80 People Who Own Half of the World’s Wealth

Some of the names on this list of the über rich will seem familiar while others may come as a surprise.

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The Super Rich Own Half the World

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The World’s 1 Percent Will Own More Than the Other 99 Percent Combined by 2016

Can we please stop calling it the “wealth gap”? The figures Oxfam recently reported on global inequality can only be described as a growing abyss between the world’s über-rich and the rest of us.

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For the First Time in Decades, Over Half of America’s Public School Students Live in Poverty

A recent shift in public school demographics mirrors the wider picture of growing poverty and dramatic inequality that has come to characterize American society.

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Are Conservatives Actually Becoming More Compassionate?

Jeb Bush and Mitt Romney are zeroing in on inequality as America’s fundamental economic problem.

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Living on a Dollar a Day

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Living on a Dollar a Day

Nearly 1.8 billion people live in extreme poverty, most barely surviving on $1 a day. A new book of photography documents the everyday lives of the world’s poorest people.

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One in Five Young Adults Lives in Poverty

The U.S. Census Bureau shows “the generation that has been dismissed as entitled and whiny is struggling with higher levels of poverty than their counterparts did in 1980,” when one in seven 18-to-34-year-olds lived in poverty, The Guardian reports.

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This Public Alabama Hospital Sues the Poorest of the Poor

More than a century ago, Alabama enshrined a basic protection in the state’s constitution shielding its poorest citizens from being forced to pay debts they couldn’t afford. But a public hospital in the mostly rural southeast corner of the state has found a way around the law.

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If You Want to Know What’s Happened to Our Democracy, Follow the Richest .01 Percent

Why should we care how the uber rich spend their money?

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One in 30 American Children Are Homeless

A new state-by-state report finds racial disparities, increasing poverty and domestic violence responsible for the rise in child homelessness.

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Leading Indian Journalist P. Sanaith Says India Follows the U.S. Model at Its Peril

A decorated Indian journalist is warning his country about accepting some American ways, from the economy to elections to the media.

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On the Run

The result of six years of intensive fieldwork, “On the Run” examines the precarious lives of men who are in and out of prison, and the devastating effects on already impoverished urban communities.

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The Bankruptcy of Detroit and the Division of America

Detroit is a model for how wealthier and whiter Americans escape the costs of public goods they’d otherwise share with poorer and darker Americans.

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Poverty Wages

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Back to School and to Widening Inequality

American kids are heading back to school. But the schools they’re going back to differ dramatically by family income.

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Russell Brand on Ferguson Unrest: There’ll Be a Lot More of This as Society Becomes More Unequal

The way comedian Russell Brand sees it, the two options society is facing, not just in Ferguson but globally, are: “Shall we have a more equal society or shall we fortify and bolster our means for oppressing people?” Watch as he continues his war against Fox News’ misinformation and provides his take on the Ferguson protests on his Web show, “The Trews.”

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‘Overpoliced and Underprotected’: The Neglect of Black Communities

Amy Goodman interviews UC Berkeley professor John A. Powell on Tuesday about Ferguson, Mo. Powell says two of the most important issues of policing poor communities is whether there’s trust, and whether authorities recognize the humanity of those they are charged to protect.

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Stephen Colbert: ‘Poor Doors’ Latest in Trend to Help ‘Haves’ Not Have to See the ‘Have-Nots’

The “Colbert Report’s” super-wealthy host explains why a New York building with a “poor door” for its less well-off residents makes total sense.

Posted on Jul 29, 2014 READ MORE



Paul Ryan: Obama’s Approach to Poverty Perpetuates the Problem (Video)

It should come as no surprise that Rep. Paul Ryan wouldn’t cotton to the Obama administration’s take on targeting poverty in these times of economic unrest and income inequality.

Posted on Jul 27, 2014 READ MORE



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2.2 Billion People Are Poor

According to a new United Nations report, almost one-third of all humans are living in poverty, or very close to it. But there’s something else that should alarm us.

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The Politics and Economics of Inequality: A Lecture to the Top One-Tenth of 1 Percent (Video)

Here’s a lecture I gave recently at this year’s Aspen Ideas Festival. The irony of talking about inequality with an audience composed almost entirely of the richest one-tenth of 1 percent of Americans was not lost on me.

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Hillary’s Hardest Choice (and the Democrats’ Dilemma)

What’s the reason for the tempest in the teapot of Hillary and Bill Clinton’s personal finances?

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Where Are the Hardest Places to Live in the U.S.?

A New York Times data analysis venture looked at six basic measures to get a picture of the quality and longevity of life in each county of the nation. The toughest place to live was Eastern Kentucky—“land of storybook hills and drawls.”

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Do You Know How Many People Are Poor in Today’s World? Neither Does the U.N.

Oxford economists recently discovered that the United Nations has been miscalculating worldwide poverty numbers by an astounding 400 million people.

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To Be Poor or Not to Be

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The Three Biggest Right-Wing Lies About Poverty

Rather than confront poverty by extending jobless benefits to the long-term unemployed, endorsing a higher minimum wage or supporting jobs programs, conservative Republicans are taking a different tack.

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Fourth of July Creek

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Fourth of July Creek

Far from big cities or either coast, the characters of Smith Henderson’s first novel are the working poor in sparsely populated towns that few escape and no one ever moves to.

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Social Disregard Guides Anti-Teacher Ruling in L.A.

To those who won a lawsuit in Los Angeles on Tuesday “declaring all sorts of job protections for teachers ‘unconstitutional,’ ” teachers unions are at the center of the California school system’s problems—not poverty or inequality—Michael Hiltzik writes at the Los Angeles Times.

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Voting in Mississippi, 2014 and 1964 (Video)

Mississippi used its new voter-identification law for the first time Tuesday—requiring voters to show a driver’s license or other government-issued photo ID at the polls.

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War on Poverty

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Pierre Omidyar: ‘The New Face of an Old Imperial Tradition’

The eBay and First Look Media founder (shown) is a walking contradiction when it comes to his “progressive anti-state image” and his actions to further the “global neoliberal agenda”; Facebook may wield control over votes in elections; meanwhile, more than half of congressional members are millionaires and have no idea what it’s like to be poor. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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A Grim Existence in the Sewers of Eastern Europe

Beneath Bucharest’s ornate architecture, Baroque palaces and tree-lined boulevards lies a decades-old city of suffering made of filth, frigid temperatures, addiction and disease.

Posted on May 22, 2014 READ MORE



Why the Left Should Look to Jackson, Mississippi

A new political and economic model is emerging, and it is not appearing where we might suspect it would.

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The One Percent

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Kevin Durant Remembers Where He Comes From

The most moving part of NBA Most Valuable Player Kevin Durant’s tearjerker acceptance speech was the thanks he gave his mother, who, under difficult circumstances, raised four children without a spouse or, sometimes, food.

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An Apartheid of Dollars

There are many sides to whistle-blowing. The one that most people don’t know about is the very personal cost, prison aside, including the high cost of lawyers and the strain on family relations, that follows the decision to risk it all in an act of conscience. Here’s a part of my own story I’ve not talked about much before.

Posted on Apr 25, 2014 READ MORE


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Pulitzer Prize Winner Says U.S. Has the Most Unfair Modern Economy

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Why the rich keep getting richer (and don’t even realize it), poverty around the world, Stephen Colbert heads to CBS, and Pacifica tries to put a network back together again.

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Pulitzer Prize Winner Says U.S. Has the Most Unfair Modern Economy

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Why the rich keep getting richer (and don’t even realize it), poverty around the world, Stephen Colbert heads to CBS, and Pacifica tries to put a network back together again.

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