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Barbara Ehrenreich: Why Homelessness Is Becoming an Occupy Wall Street Issue

As anyone knows who has ever had to set up a military encampment or build a village from the ground up, occupations pose staggering logistical problems. Large numbers of people must be fed and kept reasonably warm and dry. Trash has to be removed; medical care and rudimentary security provided — to which ends a Read more…

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Barbara Ehrenreich: Modern Blood Rites Revisited

For a book about the all-too-human “passions of war,” my 1997 work Blood Rites ended on a strangely inhuman note: I suggested that, whatever distinctly human qualities war calls upon — honor, courage, solidarity, cruelty, and so forth — it might be useful to stop thinking of war in exclusively human terms. After all, certain species of Read more…

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Barbara Ehrenreich: The High Cost of Being Poor

There are people, concentrated in the Hamptons and Beverly Hills, who still confuse poverty with the simple life. No cable TV, no altercations with the maid, no summer home maintenance issues — just the basics like family, sunsets and walks in the park. What they don’t know is that it’s expensive to be poor. In Read more…

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Barbara Ehrenreich: North Carolina Antichrist

When I was in Scandinavia last spring promoting “Nickel and Dimed,” interviewers kept asking me to tell them about the “debate” my book had provoked in the United States. I had to confess that it had provoked no debate at all, at least none that I had heard of. In fact, when my book was Read more…

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