U.S. Income Inequality Highest Since The Great Depression

U.S. Income Inequality Highest Since The Great DepressionIncome inequality in the United States has been a major flashpoint during the 2016 presidential election, with much debate focused on whether America is divided between “the 1 percent” who make up the wealthy elite and the lagging middle and working classes.

Why We Have Been Measuring Inequality Wrong

Why We Have Been Measuring Inequality WrongDespite appearances to the contrary, this year’s presidential follies have managed to feature at least a few policy discussions amid all the name-calling. Income inequality in particular has animated voters on both sides of the partisan divide, but the solutions advocated by candidates from each party are markedly different.

How Gifted, Low-income Kids Are Left Behind

The current process of selection could be leaving out some low-income and minority kids. NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, CC BYIn 1983, the National Commission on Excellence in Education published A Nation At Risk: The Imperative for Educational Reform, which documented widespread academic underachievement at every level, concluding:

How Your Local Train Station Can Predict Health And Death

Mapping health outcomes and life expectancy against train stations reveals stark inequalities across cities. AAP/Tracey NearmyThe association between life expectancy and postcodes, neighbourhood locations or train stations has been demonstrated in many different locations around the world. These include London and Glasgow in the UK and across the US including California.

The Program Helping Youth Unify the Most Segregated City in America

The Program Helping Youth Unify the Most Segregated City in America

These south side Chicago “explorers” had never seen anything comparable to the legendary Union League Club. The esoteric artwork, luxurious decor, and dapper club members were a far cry from the neighborhood where the group of African American teenagers grew up. And there was no mistaking the reaction on members’ faces: There goes the neighborhood.

Birth Weight Drops With Income In US

Birth Weight Drops With Income In USHealth disparities are common in developed countries, including the United States, but at what age those inequities take root and how they vary between countries is less clear.

What's Behind The Curtain Of The Oscar Academy's Old Boys' Club

What's Behind The Curtain Of The Oscar Academy's Old Boys' ClubIn what’s becoming an annual occurrence, we’re in the midst of a highly publicized debate over the lack of diversity among the Oscar-nominated performers and filmmakers. Outside groups, including the NAACP, are up in arms. Several celebrities – some of them Academy members – have announced their intention to boycott the big night.

How A Basic Income For All Could Change How We Think About Inequality

How A Basic Income For All Could Change How We Think About InequalityThe idea of a basic income for every person has been popping up regularly in recent years. Economists, think tanks, activists and politicians from different stripes have toyed with the idea of governments giving every citizen or resident a minimum income off which to live. This cash transfer could either replace or supplement existing welfare payments.

How Microcredit Has Hurt The Poor And Destroyed Informal Business

How Microcredit Has Hurt The Poor And Destroyed Informal BusinessPost-apartheid South Africa provides ample evidence of the debilitating trajectory of the microcredit movement. The expansion of microcredit and the informal microenterprise sector was one of the policy responses of the first democratically elected government.

How To Solve US Rental Housing Affordability

rental afordabilityWe just learned America’s rental affordability crisis is as bad as it’s ever been. Unfortunately, it’s about to get a whole lot worse.

How No Strings Attached Money Changes Teens

How No Strings Attached Money Changes Poor Teens

Increasing poor families’ income can significantly improve their children’s psychological well-being, according to new research.

Women Cardiologists Earn About $100K Less Than Men

Women Cardiologists Earn About $100K Less Than MenWomen cardiologists often earn less than men—even when taking into account the different types of work they do—a new study suggests. Further, the ranks of women cardiologists remain disproportionally small compared to those in medicine overall.

"Some Of My Friends Are Black" Racism

Some Of My Friends Are Black RacismBen Carson has now overtaken Donald Trump in the national polls as the GOP front-runner. As a black man, I’m not at all sure how I should feel about this.

More Technology Doesn’t Mean Less Inequality

technology and inequalityThe digital divide in Australia is narrowing as more people become internet users. Three billion people globally are online today, with some eight new users every second.

Why Do Female Comedians Disappear After Dark?

Why Do Female Comedians Disappear After Dark?With Trevor Noah debuting as host of The Daily Show, much of the conversation has centered on the 31-year-old South African’s race and age.

How Corporations Made Our Justice System Just for Them

How Corporations Made Our Justice System Just for ThemThe Supreme Court twisted a 1925 law to undermine the interests of citizens, employees and small business. Companies, of course, hire arbitration firms that rule in favor of companies.

How Latin America Is Tackling Inequality

How Latin America Is Tackling Inequality A recent OECD report has shown that income inequality has increased in the majority of OECD countries – and in some, at historic speed.

To See The Legacy Of Slavery, Look At Present-day School Systems

To See The Legacy Of Slavery, Look At Present-day School SystemsNone of us alive today had any direct involvement in slavery in America, but we continue to be affected by its legacy and could even be perpetuating it in subtle, everyday ways. One of the ways the legacy of slavery manifests is through the school system.

Why The Stress Of Poverty Is Linked To Aging In The Urban Poor

Why The Stress Of Poverty Is Linked To Aging In The Urban PoorFor a new study, researchers measured telomere length of poor and moderate-income whites, African-Americans, and people of Mexican descent in Detroit neighborhoods to determine the impact of living conditions on health.

The TPP Gang That Can’t Shoot Straight

The TPP Gang That Can’t Shoot StraightThe push for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is reaching its final stages as the House of Representatives will soon take the key vote on fast-track trade authority which will almost certainly determine the pact’s outcome

With Harsher Disciplinary Measures, School Systems Fail Black Kids

With Harsher Disciplinary Measures, School Systems Fail Black KidsAlthough it has been over 60 years since the Brown v Board of Education decision, black students are still more likely to receive out-of-school suspensions for minor violations of the code of conduct. As a result, they are more likely to drop out of school or enter the juvenile justice system.

We Need New Jobs As The Machines Do More Of Our Work

We Need New Jobs As The Machines Do More Of Our WorkWe might be living longer than ever before, but the government’s plan to keep older people in the workforce may not be that easy. The predictions are that by 2055 the nation will have a population of 39.7 million people with the number of people aged 65 and over expected to double, a testament to healthier lifestyles and medical science.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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...

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

Moyers and Reich: Inequality for All

Moyers and Reich: Inequality for All

This week, Reich joins Moyers & Company to discuss a new documentary film, Inequality for All, Reich, who Time magazine called one of the best cabinet secretaries of the 20th century, stars in this dynamic, witty and entertaining

Why Walmart’s Response to my Petition Is Brutally Irrelevant

Why Walmart’s Response to my Petition Is Brutally Irrelevant

Yesterday a Walmart spokesman criticized the petition I’ve been circulating that asks Walmart (and McDonalds) to pay their employees at least $15 an hour. Walmart’s spokesman told the Huffington Post that my petition fails to mention that Walmart is a major job creator and that it promotes some of its employees.

The Asset Price Melt-down and the Wealth of the Middle Class

The Asset Price Melt-down and the Wealth of the Middle Class

A 2012 report from the Pew Research Center, “The Lost Decade of the Middle Class,” surveyed nearly 1,300 Americans who identified with this income tier and found pervasive gloominess: 85% said it was “more difficult” for “middle class people to maintain their standard of living” compared to a decade ago.

Private Gain to a Few Trumps Public Good for the Many

Private Gain to a Few Trumps Public Good for the Many

Congress is in recess, but you’d hardly know it. This has been the most do-nothing, gridlocked Congress in decades. But the recess at least offers a pause in the ongoing partisan fighting that’s sure to resume in a few weeks. It also offers an opportunity to step back and ask ourselves what’s really at stake.

Why The Anger?

Why The Anger?

Why is the nation more bitterly divided today than it’s been in eighty years? Why is there more anger, vituperation, and political polarization now than even during Joe McCarthy’s anti-communist witch hunts of the 1950s, the tempestuous struggle for civil rights in the 1960s, the divisive Vietnam war, or the Watergate scandal?

Whack-a-Mole: How Payday Lenders Bounce Back When States Crack Down

Whack-a-Mole: How Payday Lenders Bounce Back When States Crack Down

In 2008, payday lenders suffered a major defeat when the Ohio legislature banned high-cost loans. That same year, they lost again when they dumped more than $20 million into an effort to roll back the law: The public voted against it by nearly two-to-one. But five years later, hundreds of payday loan stores still operate in Ohio, charging annual rates that can approach 700 percent.

Unemployment Dips, But New Jobs Likely Pay Low Wages

Unemployment Dips, But New Jobs Likely Pay Low Wages

The U.S. unemployment rate in July was 7.4 percent, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported, down 0.1 percent from the month before. A separate survey reported businesses claimed to create a net of 162,000 new jobs last month. That left the U.S. with 11.5 million people officially unemployed, 263,000 fewer than in June. But the official jobless rate understates the problem.

Walmart’s Big Lie: No, It Doesn’t Create Jobs!

Walmart’s Big Lie: No, It Doesn’t Create Jobs!

Research shows that destroying jobs is an essential component of the retail giant’s anti-worker business model. Does Walmart create jobs? That question is at the heart of the debate currently raging over its plans to open stores in Washington, DC.

America Fails Middle Class To Detriment Of Economy

 America Fails Middle Class To Detriment Of Economy

Joseph Stiglitz, Nobel Prize-winning Columbia University economist, and author of "The Price of Inequality," talks with Melissa Harris-Perry about the plight of low-wage workers in America and how the stagnation of working-class wages in the United States has eliminated a consumer class that is needed to keep the economy active.

Why We Should Stop Subsidizing Sky High CEO Pay

What’s less well-known is that you and I and other taxpayers are subsidizing this sky-high executive compensation. That’s because corporations deduct it from their income taxes, causing the rest of us to pay more in taxes to make up the difference. 

ACLU Report Shows Massive Racial Disparity In Marijuana Arrests

ACLU Report Shows Massive Racial Disparity In Marijuana Arrests

Cenk Uygur and “The Young Turks” producer Hermela Aregawi examine a recently released ACLU report on marijuana use and arrests. The report shows that although use among white and black Americans is comparable, black Americans are four times more likely to be arrested on marijuana charges. “If that’s not racist, I don’t know what it is,” concludes Cenk.

The Dis-Uniting of America

Pulling Against Each Other

Anyone who wants to understand the dis-uniting of America needs to see how dramatically we’re segregating geographically by income and wealth

Silicon Valley The Land of Wealthy Deadbeats

Silicon Valley Poverty On The Rise

Income inequality is on display in Silicon Valley. There is no shortage of brain power there, so something else must be at play. Greed perhaps? Certainly apathy.

Richard Wolff on Bill Moyers - Curing Capitalism

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“Capitalism is a system geared up to doing three things on the part of business: get more profits, grow your company and get a larger market share… If along the way they have to sacrifice either the well-being of their workers or the well-being of the planet...”

A Pope Cut From A Different Cloth?

Pope Calls For Aid To The Poor

For Pope Francis I to help the poor, it will take more than Jesuits running soup lines -- although those do help. This pope will need to call the bankers of the world to heel for their sins against humanity.

The War on The Middle Class Has Only Just Begun

Together Again

Not only has it been a bad decade for the middle class, it has been a bad run of 30 years. The GOP has been in control most of that time and when they weren't directly in control they hamstrung the two Democratic presidents Clinton and Obama whenever they could. That was often, and it left the public with only a pseudo champion...

Why Chavez Chose Social Safety Net Over Skyscrapers

Hugo Chávez

Venezuelans revered Hugo Chavez for the same reason that officials here in the U.S. hated him - and why we should be taking a page out of the Chavez playbook in tonight's Daily Take...

Ryan the Redistributionist

Paul Ryan Budget

The Republican Party makeover is breathtaking. Now, suddenly, instead of accusing Democrats of being “redistributionists,” the GOP is posing as defender of the middle class against corporate America — and it’s doing so by proposing to do away with the most progressive piece of legislation in well over a decade.

Why The Minimum Wage Should Be $9

Why Raise The Minimum Wage

Increases in the minimum wage, just like wage gains by unions, indirectly raise the wages of other workers all around them even if they are not directly affected. Or as the old GOP trickle down mantra: wage gains or rising tides "raise all boats". Except they are referring to people at the top of the income heap.

Breaking The Back of Information Inequality

WiFi For All

WASHINGTON POST - Tech, telecom giants take sides as FCC proposes large public WiFi networks. The federal government wants to create super WiFi networks across the nation, so powerful and broad in reach that consumers could use them to make calls or surf the Internet without paying a cellphone bill every month.

Generic AIDS Drugs Being Blocked

DEMOCRACY NOW - The new documentary, "Fire in the Blood," examines how millions have died from AIDS because big pharmaceutical companies and the United States have refused to allow developing nations to import life-saving generic drugs.

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