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"Our Invisible Rich": Most Americans Have No Idea Just How Unequal Our Society Has Become

Half a century ago, a classic essay in The New Yorker titled “Our Invisible Poor” took on the then-prevalent myth that America was an affluent society with only a few “pockets of poverty.” For many, the facts about poverty came as a revelation, and Dwight Macdonald’s article arguably did more than any other piece of advocacy to prepare the ground for Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty. 768 more words


"The Show-Off Society": In A Highly Unequal Society, The Wealthy Feel Obliged To Engage In 'Conspicuous Consumption'

Liberals talk about circumstances; conservatives talk about character.

This intellectual divide is most obvious when the subject is the persistence of poverty in a wealthy nation. 780 more words


Economic Expansion Is Not Enough

The Washington Post reporter Robert Samuelson gives our economy today a B-, because the unemployment rate has inched down to 6.1%, fulltime employment is up to 105.8 million in 2013 from 99.5 million in 2010, and full-time women’s pay reached a high of 78% of men’s pay in 2013.  288 more words

Jack Heidel

"Paralysis Isn’t Inevitable": Income Inequality And N.R.A. Dominance May Not Last Forever

One of the hardest things for us to do is to envision a future that is different from the present. For instance, we live in an age of paralyzed politics, so it is hard, in the here and now, to imagine what could change that. 795 more words


This is the 3rd anniversary of the Occupy and 99% Movements

We Are the 99%: The Focus of Our Rage (part one)

by Rev. Paul J. Bern

On this third anniversary of the Occupy and 99% Movements, I have given a lot of thought and engaged in plenty of research regarding the plight of middle America, and what should and should not be done to bring the top 1% in line with the rest of us. 2,744 more words


Placing persons with disabilities at-risk of poverty

Absolute poverty refers to the inability to acquire vital means for survival, such as food, water, shelter and a minimum standard of sanitation. Relative poverty is an economic inequality calculated within the context of the society in which a person lives. 497 more words


"Neglecting Human Costs": Harvard Business School’s Role In Widening Inequality

No institution is more responsible for educating the CEOs of American corporations than Harvard Business School – inculcating in them a set of ideas and principles that have resulted in a pay gap between CEOs and ordinary workers that’s gone from 20-to-1 fifty years ago to almost 300-to-1 today. 810 more words