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Books for Our Times: [ital] Listen, Liberal [ital], by Thomas Frank

Carla Seaquist | Posted 07.25.2016 | Books
Carla Seaquist

Seventh in an ongoing series, Books for Our Times. Much analysis this presidential season has focused on how far adrift the Republican party has mov...

5 Ways the News Media Can Get Real--and Be Part of the Solution

Sarah van Gelder | Posted 07.21.2016 | Media
Sarah van Gelder

Corporate television's obsession with Donald Trump contributed to his rise. But media can be part of the solution instead of the problem. Here's how. ...

What Economic Recovery? 62% of Americans Don't Even Have $1000 in Savings

Sol Palha | Posted 07.15.2016 | Business
Sol Palha

A key sign of financial health is savings; if one does not have a decent amount of money tucked away for a rainy day, it is a sign that all is not well. Americans have a very hard time sticking to a budget and saving, compared to their Asian counterparts.

I Am Class Conscious

Van Gosse | Posted 07.11.2016 | Politics
Van Gosse

By now, the term "politically incorrect" has become a rubber chicken with which to beat one's opponents. But there is a subtler form of self-censorship crossing over our political divides, a social correctness. I mean our collective unwillingness or sheer inability to discuss class in any real way.

Trump: Some Working Class Hero

Eric Mink | Posted 07.11.2016 | Politics
Eric Mink

Photo Bloomberg via Getty Images THE IDEA of Donald Trump as a crusader for ordinary Americans − the guy who'll fight for working class and middle ...

Stronger Unions Will Save The Middle Class, Labor Secretary Says

The Huffington Post | Shane Ferro | Posted 07.08.2016 | Business

More collective bargaining agreements are the key to building a stronger middle class, according to Secretary of Labor Tom Perez. Speaking to The Huf...

Democrats Must Fight To Defeat The Trans-Pacific Partnership

Bernie Sanders | Posted 07.10.2016 | Politics
Bernie Sanders

Over and over again, supporters of free trade have told us that unfettered free trade would increase jobs and reduce the trade deficit.

Stop Stealing Other Cultures For Fun

Zac Thompson | Posted 07.04.2016 | HuffPost Live 321
Zac Thompson

There is nothing fun about seeing your culture appropriated and owned by an affluent middle class. It's time we stopped this despicable process. We need to stop branding the ideals of displaced people as something edgy.

It's About The 'Working' In 'Working Class'

Tiziana Dearing | Posted 07.01.2016 | Politics
Tiziana Dearing

Regardless of politics or personal belief, we must take seriously the "work" in "working class."

Why Inequity Is The Biggest Issue In Public Education

Quora | Posted 06.30.2016 | Education
Quora

We actually need to go beyond equal resources for schools, because our highest-need students require more resources than their counterparts who have every educational advantage. Hence, to achieve equity, we need to be prepared to invest more in our schools and students that have the greatest needs.

The Great Unraveling

Bill Shireman | Posted 06.28.2016 | Politics
Bill Shireman

Viewed in isolation, the fall of the EU in Britain and the rise of Donald Trump in the U.S. both reflect high-risk gambles by disillusioned voters to upend the establishment they blame for economic and cultural turmoil.

The Growing Diet Divide Between Rich And Poor In America

STAT | Posted 06.22.2016 | Healthy Living
STAT

Much like our politics and our incomes, the way Americans eat is becoming more and more divided

Privileged People Should Admit They Live In A Bubble

Murray Forseter | Posted 06.21.2016 | Politics
Murray Forseter

I live in a bubble because I don't fully understand or wish to accept that too many of my fellow countrymen outside my bubble have displayed a preference for a boob and bigot rather than a competent politician from either party.

Choose Right Now

Craig Snyder | Posted 06.15.2016 | Politics
Craig Snyder

For the last three years, I've told your classmates that yours is the most important generation in human history, that you stand as the bridge between the adolescence and the potential for the adulthood of humanity.

Electionomics - The High Stakes for American Workers in the 2016 Elections

Julie Gutman Dickinson | Posted 06.14.2016 | Politics
Julie Gutman Dickinson

One of the unfortunate byproducts of the matchup between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump is that the presidential race has already become a contest o...

When Experts Get Stunned: Fed Tightening Cycle May Stimulate Inflation

Timothy J. Barnett | Posted 06.10.2016 | Politics
Timothy J. Barnett

The Federal Reserve's core guiding belief is that economic stimulus boosts economic growth, thus increasing employment opportunities, payrolls, tax revenues, corporate profits, retirement security and Wall Street wealth.

Why We're Hardwired to Believe in the American Dream

Helen Zhao | Posted 06.07.2016 | Business
Helen Zhao

Despite the deteriorating health of the American dream, many still feel just as strongly about it. In a Pew Research Center survey, 64 percent of re...

The Middle Class

Justin Curmi | Posted 06.06.2016 | Politics
Justin Curmi

What effects does the middle class have on a society and its political structure? Can they unhinge social norms and bring upon social reform?

Easy Money and the Fed's War on the Middle Class

Timothy J. Barnett | Posted 06.01.2016 | Politics
Timothy J. Barnett

As a high level organization that manipulates monetary apparatuses, the Fed merely feigns concern about inflation as a theoretical risk.

Africa's rising middle class: time to sort out fact from fiction

The Conversation Africa | Posted 05.26.2016 | World
The Conversation Africa

Henning Melber, University of Pretoria Since the turn of the century the middle classes of the global South have taken centre stage in economic polic...

The Great Middle Class Awakening and Its Torchbearer

Llewellyn King | Posted 05.24.2016 | Politics
Llewellyn King

But Smith is not a polemicist. He uses the reporter's tools, honed over decades in Moscow and Washington and on big stories, like the civil rights movement and the fall of the Soviet Union, to make his points against the assault on the middle class.

An Embarrassment of Riches: Why Rich is Never Rich Enough

Gabe Fenigsohn | Posted 05.24.2016 | Politics
Gabe Fenigsohn

Embed from Getty Images When Governor Chris Christie famously said, "I don't consider myself a wealthy man," the $699,000 earner with a net worth of...

Trump and Right-Wing Nationalism

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 05.21.2016 | Politics
Hoyt Hilsman

The success of Donald Trump and the rise of right-wing nationalism in the United States should come as no great surprise, considering the strength of right-wing movements in many other developed nations.

What's Killing the American Middle Class?

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.16.2016 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

It's true that the middle class is dying, but not from natural causes. It's being killed. What -- and, for that matter, who -- is responsible for its slow death?

One Map That Shows How The Middle Class Is Getting Squeezed

The Huffington Post | Shane Ferro | Posted 05.13.2016 | Business

In America, everyone likes to think of themselves as middle-class. But the portion of the population that can actually make that claim based on their ...