How Did Baltimore's Mortgage Crises Set The Stage For Unrest

How Did Baltimore's Mortgage Crises Set The Stage For UnrestOn the steps of the city courthouse, a monument to equality and the rule of law, Baltimore residents have learned how dreams can be brutally deferred. There, the property of the city’s poor and working families has been, by order of the court, auctioned to the highest bidder.

Why The TPP is Bad For Americans And Other Living Things

Why The TPP is Bad For Americans And Other Living ThingsPresident Barack Obama and his corporate allies are starting their campaign to manipulate and pressure Congress to ram through the “pull-down-on-America” Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a trade and foreign investment treaty between twelve nations (Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the United States and Vietnam).

An Economy Focused Solely On Growth Is Environmentally And Socially Unsustainable

Most world leaders seem to believe that economic growth is a panacea for many of society’s problems. Yet there are many links between our society’s addiction to economic growth, the disturbing ecological crisis, the rapid rise of social inequality and the decline in the quality of democracy.

Could A Robot Do Your Job? Short Answer Yes

Could A Robot Do Your Job? Short Answer YesHere’s a game to play over dinner. One person names a profession that they believe can’t be taken over by a machine, and another person has to make a case why it’s not so future-proof. We played this game on an upcoming episode of SBS’s Insight on the topic of the future of robots and artificial intelligence.

Pizza Shop Gives Away 10,000 Slices with Its Pay It Forward Program

Pizza Shop Gives Away 10,000 Slices with Its Pay It Forward ProgramAfter working a computer job on Wall Street for three years, Mason Wartman wanted to try something new. He opened Rosa’s Fresh Pizza in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Little did he know that his pizza shop would soon help feed local homeless people and receive global attention.

How to Bridge the Growing Opportunity Gap Facing American Children

The Growing Opportunity Gap Facing American ChildrenOn rare occasions, a book frames an issue so powerfully that it sets the terms of all future debate. Robert Putnam’s Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis may do just this for the growing gulf between America’s rich and poor.

What’s Behind The Recent Spike In IQ Scores?

What’s Behind The Recent Spike In IQ Scores?More schooling and harder problems may be the best explanation for the dramatic rise in IQ scores—often referred to as the Flynn Effect—during the past century, a new study reports.

Why Gasoline Prices Haven't Fallen As Fast As Crude Oil

gasoline prices 3 15Crude oil prices have dropped dramatically since last summer. Strangely, over the same time period, gasoline prices have fallen much less. If a barrel of oil today costs less than half what it did last summer, why hasn’t the price people pay at the pump decreased a similar amount?

Billions of Dollars Left Unused, As Students Fail To Ask For Financial Aid

Billions of Dollars Left Unused, As Students Fail To Ask For Financial AidAt a time when mounting student debt is dominating news, students across America are leaving nearly $3 billion in federal financial aid on the table each year. That this happens is often simply because a potential student doesn’t fill out the FAFSA, (free application for federal student aid) form, that funds aren’t dispensed.

Why Public Banks Outperform Private Banks: Unfair Competition or a Better Mousetrap?

Public banks in North Dakota, Germany and Switzerland have been shown to outperform their private counterparts. Under the TPP and TTIP, however, publicly-owned banks on both sides of the oceans might wind up getting sued for unfair competition because they have advantages not available to private banks.

Why We’re All Becoming Independent Contractors

Why We’re All Becoming Independent ContractorsFranchisees, consultants, and free lancers, construction workers, restaurant workers, truck drivers, office technicians, even workers in hair salons. What they all have in common is they’re not considered “employees” of the companies they work for. They’re “independent contractors” – which puts all of them outside the labor laws, too – contributing directly to low pay, irregular hours, and job insecurity.

Green the Economy to Boost Well-Being and Prosperity

Green the Economy to Boost Well-Being and ProsperityIf we want to see well-being and health improve, policies that promote a greener economy should be pursued. Redefining what we think of as prosperity, encouraging the consumption of green goods and services – and moving away from an emphasis on material consumption – could save governments money, as well as lead to better lives for its citizens.

What Is The Hybrid Classroom and Is It The Future Of Education?

What Is The Hybrid Classroom And Is It The Future Of Education?Often seen in art and business, hybrid solutions are gaining increased attention in education. In the classroom, the blend of traditional and new teaching methods, and the mix of online and face-to-face learning – known as the “hybrid classroom” – is posing profound questions about the lessons of the future.

It's Time To Look At How We Value Home Care Work

It's Time To Look At How We Value Home Care WorkThere are two million home care workers in the United States. They change diapers, administer medications, bathe and dress people and transfer the immobile from one place to another.

US Must Invest In Its Workers And Roads To Sustain Job Gains

US Must Invest In Its Workers And Roads To Sustain Job GainsThe economy added 257,000 jobs in January for an average gain of 336,000 over the last three months. More importantly, the report showed that real wages grew by 1.5% in 2014, the biggest gain since before the Great Recession. And job openings rose 3.7% in January, the biggest increase since 2001, signaling companies are having a hard time filling positions, which should put more upward pressure on wages.

Inside The Wild and Wacky World of Charter School Regulation

Inside the Wild And Wacky World of Charter School RegulationNestled in the woods of central Minnesota, near a large lake, is a nature sanctuary called the Audubon Center of the North Woods. The nonprofit rehabilitates birds. It hosts retreats and conferences. It's home to a North American porcupine named Spike as well as several birds of prey, frogs, and snakes used to educate the center's visitors.

Oregon Super Cooperative Takes Aim at the Corporate Food System

Oregon Super Cooperative Takes Aim at the Corporate Food SystemNarendra Varma loves chocolate. However, he’s also co-founder of Our Table Cooperative, a farm and grocery cooperative that aims to provide locally sourced, organically grown food to the city of Sherwood, Oregon. That means his love of chocolate is complicated.

How a Startup DC Purchasing Coop Saved Members $1 Million

How a Startup DC Purchasing Coop Saved Members $1 MillionThe Community Purchasing Alliance (CPA) in the greater Washington DC area helps over 130 churches, synagogues, schools and other institutions save money and make investments in environmental sustainability, worker equity, and community organizing.

Understanding The Risks of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

Understanding The Risks Of The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)For years people have been running around Washington yelling that the United States was at risk of becoming Greece. There may actually be a basis for such concerns, but not for the reason usually given.

How Healthcare Spending Compares To Other Countries

How Healthcare Spending Compares To Other CountriesThe health of a nation is often measured in economic terms – how much a country chooses to spend, where that money comes from, what it spends it on and how much that money translates into quality of care. This infographic shows how health expenditure, access to care and health outcomes compare with seven other OECD countries.

Making A Difference In People's Lives On The Very Cheap

How To Make A Difference In People's Lives On The Very CheapA major milestone on the road to ridding Africa of polluting and dangerous kerosene lamps has been passed with the sale of solar lights reaching 1.5 million. Many of the 600 million people who are still without electricity in Africa rely on home-made kerosene lamps for lighting − putting themselves in danger from fire, toxic black smoke, and eye damage.

Does The Way We Teach Children To Read Set Them Up To Fail?

Does The Way We Teach Children To Read Set Them Up To Fail?A new batch of Australian five-year-olds has just started school, eager to learn to read and write. Unfortunately for them, English has one of the most difficult spelling systems of any language, thanks to the way it developed.

The Share-the-Scraps Economy

The Sharing The Leftover Scraps EconomyHow would you like to live in an economy where robots do everything that can be predictably programmed in advance, and almost all profits go to the robots’ owners?

How Alaska Bolstered Its Economy and Curbed Inequality

How Alaska Bolstered Its Economy and Curbed InequalityAfter 30 years, the practice of paying every resident—including children—at least $1,000 has made Alaska one of the least unequal states in America. Here's what the rest of us can learn.

Beyond GDP: The Ebola Shock Should Push Us to Pursue Quality of Growth

 GDP: The Ebola Shock Should Push Us To Pursue Quality Of GrowthIf ever we wanted a reminder of how global capitalism has got things wrong, the Ebola outbreak in West Africa serves the purpose well. Our assumption that economic growth is essential is not only a feature of markets and politics, it also feeds into our thinking on development goals such as poverty reduction.

Sharing as a Unifying Force for Global Change

Sharing as Unifying Force for Global Change

An independent, civil society organization campaigning for a fairer sharing of wealth, power and resources, Share the World's Resources recently released Sharing As Our Common Cause, a report detailing all the ways sharing can act as a unifying force to address multiple planetary crises.

How Guaranteed Paid Sick Days Could Boost US Job Growth

How Guaranteed Paid Sick Days Could Boost US Job GrowthAfter President Obama’s State of the Union Address Tuesday night, today’s discussion has largely focused on his tax proposals. While these are important measures, two other areas he addressed raise issues that will have at least as many consequences.

Can Growing Medicinal Plants Alleviate Poverty and Protect The Fragile Environment?

Medicinal Plants Alleviate Poverty and Protect Nepal’s Fragile Environment

Farmers in the high Himalayas partner with a U.S.–based nonprofit to cultivate medicinal plants — and the environmental and economic benefits they offer. Nepalese residents learn cultivation skills needed to move their medicinal plant enterprises from foraging to farming — an environmental and economic win-win.

Municipal Broadband Offers Hope For Lagging US Internet

Municipal BroadbandNo one disputes the importance of affordable access to high-speed internet for economic growth in the 21st century. The United States has seen consistent and rapid growth in its broadband infrastructure since the internet became popular in the 1990s, offering more households and businesses connectivity at faster speeds.

New Global Health Report Shows How To Beat The World's Biggest Killers

New Global Health Report Shows How To Beat The World's Biggest KillersThe World Health Organization (WHO) has just released its Global Status Report on Noncommunicable Diseases, the second in a series tracking worldwide progress in the prevention and control of cancers, lung disease, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. It focuses on how to reach the internationally agreed overarching target of a 25% reduction of premature mortality from these four major non-communicable diseases by 2025.

The Movie Selma Blurs The Line Between Past And Present

The Movie Selma Blurs Line Between Past And PresentHollywood films that depict American history deeply influence our sense of national identity. Films that portray Civil Rights and Black Freedom history are particularly important.

Can And Will Germany Ease Greece's Debt Burden?

Can Germany Ease Greece's Debt Burden?

Germany has sent the message that a Greek exit from the eurozone might be the lesser of two evils. It has been interpreted as a warning to the Greek electorate ahead of its January 25 election as left-wing party Syriza runs on a platform of easing the country’s debt and austerity burden.

Poverty Is Moving To The Suburbs

Poverty Is Moving To The Suburbs And The Question Is What To Do About It

The conventional image of suburbia is one of bland affluence and social homogeneity. Suburbs are where the middle classes aspire to make their nests. They are the idealised safe havens for raising children and growing old. They are where white people migrate to flee ethnic diversity.

Could A Corporate Accounting Change Cost Millions Of Jobs?

Could A Corporate Accounting Change Cost Millions Of Jobs?

A modest change in an accounting rule is normally too much inside baseball to attract notice. But a proposal by the institutions that set accounting standards for publicly traded companies is prompting criticism from Congress and corporate America, backed by estimates that the change could kill millions of US jobs.

Oil Prices: Eventually The Gulf States Will Run Out Of Power

Oil Prices: Eventually The Gulf States Will Run Out Of Power

Oil prices have now almost halved in six months to below $60/barrel thanks to OPEC’s refusal to cut production. This means all the member countries are revising their government spending policies. While countries such as Iran and Venezuela face an imminent fiscal crisis, the short-term ramifications for the Arabian peninsula’s oil monarchies are less dramatic.

Brick And Mortar Retailers Must Reinvent Themselves To Survive The Shift To Online Shopping

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Department stores and other brick-and-mortar retailers registered another lackluster holiday shopping season, while online sales have remained upbeat since Cyber Monday. As more consumers spend a larger share of their dollars online, does this signal the days of shopping at department stores and shopping malls are numbered?

When Good Enough Is Not Good Enough

When Good Enough Is Not Good Enough

Apple’s product launches are covered with breathless enthusiasm usually reserved for royal weddings and vaccines for dread diseases. The recent launch of the iPhone6 featured an exciting new technology - ApplePay - which, if widely adopted, will allow Apple’s discerning customers to make electronic payments from their phones in situations where they would have used credit cards or cash.

Billionaire Bankers, Minimum-wage Toilers And The Nasty Truth About Fast-food Nation

Let me tell you about this one stretch of Hillsborough Road in Durham, North Carolina. It’s between two freeways, just a short drive from the noble towers of Duke University, and in the space of about a mile, you will find a McDonald’s, a Cracker Barrel, a Wendy’s, a Chick-fil-A, an Arby’s, a Waffle House, a Bojangles’, a Biscuitville, a Subway, a Taco Bell, and a KFC.

Dead and Enduring Economic Policy Myths of 2014

Dead and Enduring Economic Policy Myths of 2014

With the holiday season upon us, the time for end of year lists is fast-approaching. To beat the rush, today I give my list of the top dead and enduring myths of 2014.

Working Over The Holidays? You’re Not Alone

Working Over The Holidays? You’re Not Alone

Religious aspects aside, for many people Christmas has been that unique time of the year when the demands of work finally disappear, if only for a brief period. We get a well-deserved break, time to indulge in fatty food, drink more than we should, and quarrel with people we love and hate...

Can Banks Drain Your Account To Pay For Their Investment Losses?

Can Banks Drain Your Account To Pay For Their Investment Loses?

On the weekend of November 16th, the G20 leaders whisked into Brisbane, posed for their photo ops, approved some proposals, made a show of roundly disapproving of Russian President Vladimir Putin, and whisked out again. It was all so fast, they may not have known what they were endorsing when they rubber-stamped the Financial Stability Board’s “Adequacy of Loss-Absorbing Capacity of Global Systemically Important Banks in Resolution,” which completely changes the rules of banking.

What Will The Next Financial Crisis Look Like and Are We Ready?

What Will The Next Financial Crisis Look Like And Are We Ready?

The subprime crisis and the subsequent failure of Lehman Brothers came as such a shock – and the repercussions were so severe that when the time came to mount a response, policy makers were as surprised as the rest of us and woefully unprepared.

Which Is The Best Country To Grow Old In?

Which Is The Best Country To Grow Old In?

It’s no secret that the global population is ageing. We’re living longer than ever and are healthier until much later in life. But we’re still struggling to adapt to this changing demographic – and some are struggling more than most.

How the U.S. Government Could End the Student Debt Crisis Today

How the U.S. Government Could End the Student Debt Crisis Today

Instead of loaning students money, the federal government could just pay for their tuition, without causing any significant economic problems. Last month, Lower Saxony became the final state in Germany to abolish tuition for all students at public universities.

Global Supply Chains Link Us All To Shame of Child and Forced Labor

Global Supply Chains Link Us All To Shame Of Child And Forced Labour

The fragmentation of global production has dramatically increased the length and complexity of supply chains. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) estimates that more than half of the world’s manufactured imports are intermediate goods.

The Incarceration of the American Consumer

The Incarceration of the American Consumer

How do corporate attorneys sleep at night considering that with the power of their large corporate clients, they often crush the freedoms of workers, consumers and small communities who are trying to break out of a complex web of shackles?

We Need To Employ A New Economics For The Occupy Generation

We Need To Employ A New Economics For The Occupy Generation

After the global financial crisis in 2008, economics was in disarray. Even the Queen was moved to chide economists for failing to warn about the build-up of debt in households and banks in the major economies and the threat this posed to the global economy.

How China Teaches Her Children Math So Well

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There has been much publicity in recent years about China and its teachers. After the most recent results from the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) were published in 2013, considerable discussion has focused on the reasons why Chinese students’ test results are more than 100 points above the PISA average.

Men Need To Get Flexible If New Rules Are To Help Fight For Equality

Men Need To Get Flexible If New Working Rules Are To Help Fight For Equality

Since June 30 2014, all UK employees have been granted the right to request flexible working. It is clearly an important step in the battle to achieve some form of balance between our work and non-work lives, but it looks like a tricky battle. Research still shows that there are gaps between the idealised outcomes and realities...

How Should Social Security Benefits Respond in an Economic Collapse?

How Should Social Security Benefits Respond to an Economic Collapse?

Many people nearing retirement saw much of their savings disappear as the stock market collapsed, house prices plummeted and they lost their jobs during their peak savings years. This meant that millions of workers had to draw down their savings at a point where they had planned to be accumulating wealth for retirement.

It Ain't Obamacare or Skills: Full Time Nonsense on Part Time Employment

It Ain't Obamacare or Skills: Full-time Nonsense on Part-Time Employment

Involuntary part-time employment has fallen by 670,000 over the last year, however it's still up by almost 3 million from its pre-recession level. While there would seem to be a very simple and obvious explanation for this one -- weak demand in the economy -- you can't employ many people saying the obvious. Hence we see a lot of nonsense in the media on the topic.

The Financial Lesson of The Ages Is We Haven’t Learned From History

The Financial Lesson Of The Ages Is We Don’t Learn From History

In the 4th century BC, Athens and nine other Greek city states defaulted on their loans from the Temple of Apollo at Delos. It was the first recorded financial crisis. Nearly 25 centuries of human evolution, progress and technological advancement later, the modern nation of Greece defaulted in 2012 as a sovereign debt panic seized Europe.

Can Walkable Urbanism Boost the Economy?

Can Walkable Urbanism Boost the Economy?

Has the United States finally reached peak sprawl? Recent research, including a new study out of the George Washington University School of Business, suggests that the end of the era of automobile-oriented suburban growth is upon us.

Poverty Is Not Inevitable: What We Can Do Now to Turn Things Around

Poverty Is Not Inevitable: What We Can Do Now to Turn Things Around

Having poor people in the richest country in the world is a choice. We have the money to solve this. But do we have the will? Inequality and poverty are suddenly hot topics, not only in the United States but also across the globe.

5 US Cities Begin Building Cooperative Economies

5 US Cities Begin Building Cooperative Economies (Jacksonvile, FL)

Recently we have seen, at the level of city government, all around policies designed to build community wealth and encourage the growth of cooperative local economies. The work of grassroots developers, local foundations, community activists, and field builders is beginning to gain a foothold in the world of municipal policy...

How America's Largest Worker Owned Co-Op Lifts People Out of Poverty

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Cooperative Home Care Associates has 2,300 workers who enjoy good wages, regular hours, and family health insurance. With an investment of $1.2 million into the cooperative sector, New York City is hoping to build on the group's success.

4.7 Trillion Is The Estimated Cost Of Ignoring Our Youth

4.7 Trillion Is The Estimated Cost Of Ignoring Our Youth

The summer employment rate for U.S. teens held steady at around 50% from 1950 to 2000, but began to decline dramatically in the 21st century. By 2009, it had fallen below 33%. The decline has been most pronounced for more educated and economically advantaged teens.

New Cooperative Refinances Student Debt with Community Funds

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Over the past two decades, the amount of money a college student must borrow to pay for their education has doubled. The graduates of 2014 now sit at the top of the class in student debt. Tuition fees have risen dramatically as household incomes have stagnated, at best, causing some 70 percent of students to fund their higher educations through loans.

Alternative Currencies and the New Sharing Economy

Alternative Currencies and the New Sharing Economy

Throughout history, local currencies have been used not only as a way to survive during periods of economic uncertainty, but also as a bold way to opt out of a global monetary system that many find exclusionary and, in some cases, corrupt. The only thing that gives modern money value is the fact that...

How to Shrink Income and Wealth Inequality

How to Shrink Income and Wealth Inequality

The pertinent question is not whether income and wealth inequality is good or bad. It is at what point do these inequalities become so great as to pose a serious threat to our economy, our ideal of equal opportunity and our democracy.

Why Big Business Promises Of Cheaper Prices Is Just A Scam

Another Example Why Big Business Promises Of Cheaper Prices Is Just A Scam

In Missouri thousands of independent small and mid-size family hog farmers have gone out of business because they don’t have access to a fair market. “Because of massive corporate control of the market, we’ve lost 91 percent of hog producers in Missouri since 1985. That’s over 20,000 farmers and many, many jobs in our rural communities.”

30 Years of Economic Distress Finally Explained

30 Years Of Economic Distress Finally Explained

Thomas Piketty's "Capital In The 21st Century"  is certainly the the biggest economic book sold in this century, having reached # 1 book status on Amazon. It may also be the most important book. No doubt it will become the book some in the "money class" most love to hate.

Wetlands Are One of the Smartest Investments We Can Make

Wetlands Are One of the Smartest Investments We Can Make

For centuries, coastal wetlands were considered worthless. A mounting body of research is demonstrating that coastal habitats are vital, valuable components of healthy coastal communities and economies. It’s time to acknowledge the environmental and economic value of restoring these ecosystems...

Resurrecting Antitrust In This New Gilded Age

Resurrecting Antitrust In This New Gilded Age 

We’re in a new gilded age of wealth and power similar to the first gilded age when the nation’s antitrust laws were enacted. Those laws should prevent or bust up concentrations of economic power that not only harm consumers but also undermine our democracy

The Year of the Great Wealth Redistribution

The Year of the Great Wealth Redistribution

One of the worst epithets that can be leveled at a politician these days is to call him a “redistributionist.” Yet 2013 marked one of the biggest redistributions in recent American history. It was a redistribution upward, from average working people to the owners of America.

How Ya Gonna Keep ’em Down On The Organic Farm?

How Ya Gonna Keep ’em Down On The Organic Farm?

Though it’s certainly easier to find local, sustainably grown meat and produce in America than it was 20 years ago, the deck nevertheless remains stacked against small farmers and sellers who would feed the steadily increasing demand for such fare. Many of our food-production system’s most dangerous and unsustainable practices...

Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is: Financing Our Foodshed

Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is: Financing Our Foodshed

In a way, nothing could be simpler. I can still hear Carol Peppe Hewitt saying at a Slow Money na­tional gathering: “It really isn’t complicated. There are local food en­trepreneurs who need money and local investors looking for good places to put their money. We just need to connect them.”

Fighting Another Attempt to Privatize the US Postal Service

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As far as Mark Dimondstein is concerned, the members of the Postal Workers are going to be out in the streets even more than they already are. Their causes? Increasing revenues for the Postal Service, stopping its creeping privatization, via Staples stores, by the Postmaster General

Maximizing "Me" Is Dependent on Maximizing "We"

Maximizing "Me" Is Dependent On Maximizing "We" 

America has a serious “We” problem — as in “Why should we pay for them?” The question is popping up all over the place. It underlies the debate over extending unemployment benefits to the long-term unemployed and providing food stamps to the poor.

Will 2014 Bring Renewed Economic Growth or Financial Crash?

Will 2014 Bring Renewed Economic Growth or Financial Crash?

Your instincts may be telling you otherwise, but the global economy will be strengthening in 2014, according to two major reports released in recent weeks. In an improvement over 2013’s global economic growth of 2.1 percent, we will see a 3 percent rise this year and a bump up to 3.3 percent in 2015...

Is It To Be Inequality or Equal Opportunity?

Is It To Be Inequality Or Equal Opportunity?

America’s savage inequality is the main reason equal opportunity is fading and poverty is growing. Since the “recovery” began, 95% of the gains have gone to the top 1 percent, and median incomes have dropped. This is a continuation of the trend we’ve seen for decades. As a result...

Can Cities Lead the Way in Reversing Inequality?

Can Cities Lead the Way in Reversing Inequality?

Last year, when Maryland lawmakers refused to act on bills to raise the state’s minimum wage to $10, Prince Georges and Montgomery Counties joined the District of Columbia to create the first regional minimum wage compact at $11.50 an hour

Why Costco Deserves Your Business

 Why costco deserves your business

While it is hard for the time being as consumers to avoid the big boys altogether, we can pick those that are responsible good citizens, live by the golden rule, and who treat their employees humanely.  In the end we all live cooperatively whether we choose to accept it or not...

Are Conservatives Really Ignorant Or Do They Habitually Deceive

Usually it is better to assume the best of people for it really is difficult to know what is in someone's heart. That said many in the modern Republican "conservative" party show every sign of being either mentally challenged, guilty of projection with increasing regularity, or they are just intentionally deceiving anyone who is listening with a blank mental slaten.

Wrongful Secrecy, Snares, and Delusions

Wrongful Secrecy, Snares, and Delusions

You’ve heard the refrain “we live in the information age.” We have fingertip access to the Internet, providing us with massive amounts of information. There are no longer any excuses for us to say we don’t have the information; it is there, but up to us to act on the information. The above is all true but very incomplete

Rigged Rules Mean Economic Growth Increasingly Winner Takes All For Rich Elites All Over World

Rigged Rules Mean Economic Growth Increasingly Winner Takes All For Rich Elites All Over World

Wealth of half the world’s population now the same as that of tiny elite. Wealthy elites have co-opted political power to rig the rules of the economic game, undermining democracy and creating a world where the 85 richest people own the wealth of half of the world’s population, worldwide development organization Oxfam warns in a report published today.  

Despite An Improving Economy, Homelessness in the United States Is a Problem

Homelessness in the United States: Trends and demographics

As a 2013 study in the American Journal of Public Health indicates, even those who have deep knowledge in this area and work directly with the homeless often have difficulty assessing patterns and needs. Further, the problem’s deep and sometimes hidden causes, the diversity of stories of those affected, and the often-invisible nature of life on the streets complicate attempts to quantify the true size and nature of the homeless population

Olympia’s Homeless Win Struggle For Permanent Housing

Olympia’s Homeless Win Struggle For Permanent Housing

In 2007 members of the homeless community in Olympia, Wash., erected a tent city in a downtown parking lot to protest the lack of services and support. Predictably, the city government responded with arrests and shutting down the encampment

How Poverty Impedes The Cognitive Function

How Poverty Impedes The Cognitive Function

What must be understood is that mental bandwidth is a limited resource which is used for everything. So what happens if we can make some things, like banking, easier for the poor ?

The Slow Unnatural Death of Our Personal Space

The Slow Unnatural Death of Our Personal Space

Deregulation brings us cramped airplane seats and increased TV ads. The skies and airwaves are commons owned by all of us together. That’s the reason why airlines and broadcasting were once regulated—to protect the public’s interest.

The Meaning of a Decent Society

The Meaning of a Decent Society

Although it’s still possible to win the lottery (your chance of winning $648 million in the recent Mega Millions sweepstakes was one in 259 million), the biggest lottery of all is what family we’re born into. Our life chances are now determined to an unprecedented degree by the wealth of our parents.

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