Category: Poverty

Reed Jordan: Income and race concentration in public schools

In 2013, for the first time, over half of public school students were low-income—and this poverty growth spurt shows little sign of abating

Maya Schenwar: Too Many People in Jail? Abolish Bail

We are incarcerating people for being poor, at great cost to actual human lives

Alex Doherty: Super Sad Neoliberal Self

A review of Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart

William Boardman: American Spring in Chicago

Since 2011, the arrogant and ineffective mayor Rahm Emanuel, catered to his rich folks base (with “the actions of a mad king”). And he has treated the majority of Chicagoans with destructive disdain, whether he’s closing their schools, attacking teachers and other public employees, or ignoring police brutality and killing.

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Bill Berkowitz: Criminalizing Poverty: A Toxic and Growing Phenomenon

The Justice Department’s report on Ferguson, Missouri’s criminal justice system pointed out that African Americans were specifically targeted, seen “less as constituents to be protected than as potential offenders and sources of revenue.”

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Badri Raina: I Give You the Bullet Train

Are you a farmer with noose in hand, About to end your endless pain, Consider a patriotic move—Go under the bullet train

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Ben Dangl: Why We Need to Ditch Austerity Policies and Take on the Global 1%

There are exciting movements fighting against this upside down world and proposing alternatives, from Greece to Vermont

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Jack Rasmus: The Myths of US Exceptionalism

The appeal to exceptionalism is just another ideological ploy to get working classes to accept their deteriorating conditions

Nicholas Fitz: Economic Inequality: It’s Far Worse Than You Think

The researchers found Americans overestimate the amount of upward social mobility that exists in society

Steve Fraser: Plutocracy The First Time Around

Revisiting the Great Upheaval and the First Gilded Age

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