income inequality

Income Inequality Goes to School

Feb 24, 2012
Countering the efforts of educational reformers -- including President Obama and his Race to the Top crew -- to blame teachers for student failures, researchers are finding that the growing gap between the affluent and the poor is the real villain.The harm done by an economic system increasingly tilted toward the rich is much more than a pocketbook issue.
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Occupy 2012

Nov 30, 2011
In its two months of existence, Occupy L.A. showed a resiliency and purpose that could make some of its participants leaders in a great confrontation over economic injustice in the 2012 election. The election could be the next step for the Occupy movement.

Introducing the ‘Near Poor’

Nov 20, 2011
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)

How Economic Inequality Harms Societies

Oct 31, 2011
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."

The Top 1 Percent

Aug 5, 2011
Al-Jazeera's slick video news magazine "Fault Lines" investigates the incredible income disparity in the United States that now sees 40 percent of the nation's wealth in the hands of the top 1 percent. Spoiler alert: The rich get richer, and it's not very pleasant.