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50 Years and Counting: Continuing Our War Against Poverty

Noah Fitzgerel | Posted 03.10.2014 | College
Noah Fitzgerel

Our current perception of poverty is just as problematic as our lackluster means for addressing it.

LBJ's Unfinished Race War

Derrick Darby | Posted 03.10.2014 | Black Voices
Derrick Darby

Poverty has always been colorblind and is not contained by geographical borders. But it is also true that while poverty affects us all, it disproportionately impacts people of color in America.

War on Poverty: Large Positive Impact, But More Work Remains

Sharon Parrott | Posted 03.09.2014 | Politics
Sharon Parrott

Poverty in America is high compared to other wealthy nations largely because our safety net does less to lift people out of poverty than those of other Western nations. The poverty story over the last half-century in the United States is mixed for several reasons.

Meet Your Plutocrats!

Sean McElwee | Posted 03.08.2014 | Politics
Sean McElwee

In America, where you end up is increasingly tied not to your own drive, talents, and perseverance, but to being born with the right last name.

NAFTA at 20: One Million U.S. Jobs Lost, Higher Income Inequality

Lori Wallach | Posted 03.08.2014 | World
Lori Wallach

Given NAFTA's devastating outcomes, few of the corporations or think tanks that sold it as a boon for all of us in the 1990s like to talk about it, but the reality is that their promises failed as millions of people were severely harmed.

Lessons From 20 Years of NAFTA

Stan Sorscher | Posted 03.08.2014 | Politics
Stan Sorscher

NAFTA and numerous subsequent trade deals perform very well for investors and global businesses, while leaving most workers and communities at a disadvantage. The NAFTA model has failed.

The Year of the Great Redistribution

Robert Reich | Posted 03.07.2014 | Politics
Robert Reich

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.

20 Things The Poor Really Do Every Day

Ben Irwin | Posted 03.05.2014 | Politics
Ben Irwin

While it's popular to think people are poor because they're lazy, the poor actually work longer and harder than the rest of us.

"Jobs or Inequality"? That's No Choice at All

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 03.04.2014 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

I would be dissatisfied with a society in which middle-class and lower-middle-class earners have no chance to better themselves. In my opinion, the opportunity for self-improvement is a fundamental human right. What's more, it's not just those individuals who lose out. When social mobility denied to any group, society loses a vast talent pool filled with people who could make things better for everyone.

Season of Getting, Season of Giving

Barbara Harman | Posted 03.01.2014 | Impact
Barbara Harman

Research shows that the poor give a greater percentage of their income to charity than the rich, and that they do so because they see before them on a daily basis just what real need really looks like.

Guideposts on the Road Back to Factville, 2013 Edition

Jared Bernstein | Posted 02.26.2014 | Business
Jared Bernstein

We at CBPP make a lot of revealing graphs. But I've chosen the ones that I think shine the brightest light on the path back to smart fiscal and economic policy.

The Ghost of Christmas Present: Who Will Care for Our Children This Christmas?

Clark Power | Posted 02.21.2014 | Politics
Clark Power

In Scrooge's comfortable moral world, parents are responsible for their "own" children. The Ghost of Christmas Present reveals that these wretched children belong to him and to us all. "They are Man's." These are our children, and we are all responsible for their future, which is ours.

Migration, Inequality and Development: Why International Cooperation Is Needed

OECD | Posted 02.18.2014 | World

Migrants are all too often viewed as a problem in destination countries when they can and should be seen as a potential solution to inequality in and between nations.

The Meaning of a Decent Society

Robert Reich | Posted 02.18.2014 | Politics
Robert Reich

Although it's still possible to win the lottery, 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. That's not always been the case.

How the Inequality/Growth Debate Has Evolved Over Time

Jared Bernstein | Posted 02.15.2014 | Business
Jared Bernstein

While today's debate asks whether inequality hurts growth, the oldsters among us remember the time when the received wisdom was pretty much the opposite.

BOTH SIDES NOW: Nation vs. National Review on Obama and Inequality

HuffPost Radio | Posted 01.23.2014 | Media
HuffPost Radio

2011-11-29-20111107bothsidesnow.jpgReagan charged up the hill of Big Gov't - now it's Obama turn on Big Inequality. Lowry & vanden Heuvel debate whether that's the "defining challenge" of our era and if government can do anything about higher executive pay, lower worker wages. Then: is Boehner's tantrum a one-off or a strategy?

If You Want the American Dream, Go to Finland

Blake Fleetwood | Posted 02.13.2014 | Politics
Blake Fleetwood

The American dream --- the notion of equal opportunity for all, the chance to pull yourself up by your boot straps and make something of yourself --- is gone.

Kill the Bloomdoggles

Matthew Chapman | Posted 02.12.2014 | New York
Matthew Chapman

For Bloomberg bloomdoggles that sticks for any length of time, I'd like to apply for credit for the invention of a German-style compound word, "Dinglebloomdoggle," this being a bloomdoggle that's really hard to shake loose.

How the Republicans Impounded 'Class War'

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 02.11.2014 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

If you've heard the phrase "class war" in twenty-first-century America, the odds are that it's been a curse spat from the mouths of Republican warriors castigating Democrats for engaging in high crimes and misdemeanors like trying to tax the rich.

Human Rights Offer a Platform for Change in New York City

JoAnn Kamuf Ward | Posted 02.10.2014 | New York
JoAnn Kamuf Ward

As New York prepares for a new mayoral administration, Human Rights Day offers a moment to take stock of how human rights can help shape the future of our city.  Human rights offer a visionary framework and values that can guide local policymaking. 

The Budget Deal: A Dirge for the Unemployed

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 02.09.2014 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Federal workers will be expected to subsidize this deal with an increase in their out-of-pocket pension costs. There will be cuts to Medicare. Airline passengers will pay a new tax. Military retirees -- military retirees -- will see their benefits cut.

Let's Hold Off Celebrating America's (and New York's) Declining Murder Rate

Peter Dreier | Posted 02.08.2014 | Politics
Peter Dreier

But before we celebrate too much, let's put the decline of murder in New York City -- and across the entire United States -- in some perspective.

Why Republicans Can't Address Rising Inequality

Joe Conason | Posted 02.07.2014 | Politics
Joe Conason

With Pope Francis and President Obama -- a pair of the world's most powerful voices -- warning against the dangers of social exclusion and excessive greed, we can expect to hear expressions of remorse as well as rage from all the usual right-wing suspects. But what we shouldn't expect is honesty.

United States Is Now the Most Unequal of All Advanced Economies

Eric Zuesse | Posted 02.07.2014 | Politics
Eric Zuesse

The United States has such an unequal distribution of wealth so that it's in the league of corrupt underdeveloped countries, no longer in the league of the developed nations, according to the latest edition of the world's most thorough study of wealth-distribution.

Friday Talking Points -- Defending Populism

Chris Weigant | Posted 02.05.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Welcome back (after we took last week off, to digest) to our Friday roundup! We should have two weeks of news to cover, but nothing much of anything strange or startling happened Thanksgiving week, so we're going to concentrate on just this current week.