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Stop "Faking it" on Facebook

Brandon L. Greene | Posted 07.08.2015 | Black Voices
Brandon L. Greene

My Facebook feed is full of people who have the most awesome jobs they have ever worked, who eat at the most amazing brunch spots ever to wield spatulas and pour pancake batter and who experience exhilaration and inspiration everyday. It's all faux-inspirational quotes and self-aggrandizement.

5 New Crises of Democratic Capitalism: Ideas on Solutions, Anyone?

Don Tapscott | Posted 06.25.2015 | Business
Don Tapscott

Democratic capitalism arose hand-in-hand with the industrial age. If it's to survive the transition to a knowledge age and the digital economy, it will have to change -- profoundly.

Three Ways Inequality Is Making Life Worse for Everyone

Sean McElwee | Posted 05.06.2015 | Politics
Sean McElwee

As the 2016 election approaches, the debate among the intelligentsia appears like it will center around the question of inequality. While income is distributed unequally in the country, what few people know is how much more unequally wealth, financial assets and inheritances are distributed. As the chart below shows, income is only part of the problem.

The Mythology of Social Mobility

Sean McElwee | Posted 06.30.2015 | Politics
Sean McElwee

While a majority of Americans might think that hard work determines success and that it should be relatively simple business to climb and remain out of poverty, the reality is that the U.S. has a relatively entrenched upper class, but precarious, ever-shifting lower and middle classes.

Ayn Rand: Good for You, Bad for Everyone

Madelynne Wager | Posted 06.20.2015 | Books
Madelynne Wager

However, while Objectivism can be a powerful, classically American, pull-yourself-up-by-your-boot-straps personal philosophy, it could have serious implications if adopted as a guide for broad-based policy implementation.

Putnam's Path Forward for 'Our Kids' Should Start With the Upside-Down Tax Code

Andrea Levere | Posted 06.07.2015 | Politics
Andrea Levere

Robert Putnam's latest bestseller, Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis, is a synthesis of charts and data brought to life through skillful and at times heart-wrenching stories of the uneven playing field facing young people across the country.

Hammocks and Ladders: The Poverty of Republican Thinking on the Poor

David Coates | Posted 04.29.2015 | Politics
David Coates

In general Republican thought, poverty is not something caused by society into which some people are unfortunate enough to fall. Rather, poverty is something people fall into by their own failures, and it is also something that they can leave behind by climbing the ladder of success.

Land of Equal Opportunity? The Power of a Costly Myth

Jon Wisman | Posted 04.27.2015 | Politics
Jon Wisman

The myth of fluid upward mobility blinds us to how stacked our system has become against the aspirations of the less well-off, thereby enabling an elite to capture every larger shares of income, wealth, privilege, and control over government while those below receive relatively smaller shares, face fewer opportunities, and command increasingly less control.

Declaration of Space Opportunity

Lucian Tarnowski | Posted 04.15.2015 | Impact
Lucian Tarnowski

We are living in an interdependent world. The major challenges that face humanity are global in nature. We need to develop more interdependent thinking in order to deal with them.

Choice Is a Privilege

Michael Beyer | Posted 04.01.2015 | Education
Michael Beyer

In a town like Chicago, "choice" isn't a right, but a privilege based on income, class, and skin color.

Soaring Inequality Reverses Educational Progress

Jon Wisman | Posted 03.17.2015 | Education
Jon Wisman

Obama's proposal comes at a time when the cost of college tuition -- both public and private -- has soared, making attendance difficult if not impossible for many households, the majority of which have suffered stagnant incomes since the 1970s.

Police and Protesters as Potential Allies

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 03.01.2015 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

The concept of meritocracy provides justification and cover to the nation in refusing to acknowledge and in denying the actual causes for the tremendous chasms in the wealth distribution and in educational achievement, and for the overall systemic inequities based on social identities.

You're More Likely To Inherit Your Dad's Social Status Than His Height

The Huffington Post | Mark Gongloff | Posted 11.25.2014 | Business

We inherit social status from our parents just as much as, if not more than, our physical traits.

Lessons Learned From the Mistakes and Solutions of Ordinary People

Mauricio Lim Miller | Posted 01.11.2015 | Impact
Mauricio Lim Miller

With this community of friends surrounding them it was clear they would not lose the house. From that point on, I promised myself that I would try to avoid underestimating people's ability to solve their own problems.

Democrats Who Abandoned Obama Will Lose

Blake Fleetwood | Posted 01.03.2015 | Politics
Blake Fleetwood

The polls for Tuesday look grim for weak-kneed and squeamish Democrats who have not stood up for Obama--or the substantial achievements of his party--over the last six years.

Next Time Someone Says 'White Privilege Isn't Real,' Show Them This

The Huffington Post | Kevin Short | Posted 10.21.2014 | Business

Think white privilege doesn't exist in America? Consider just how much the color of a child's skin changes his or her odds of escaping poverty later in life.

Less Lobster, More Misery: The Republican Poverty Fantasy

Duncan Hosie | Posted 12.13.2014 | Politics
Duncan Hosie

Fantasy makes great television and literature. It also makes poor public policy. Poverty denial molds how many conservatives, and even independents, understand economic deprivation.

My Mother's Influence: Why We Must Recognize Personal Relationships

Mauricio Lim Miller | Posted 12.02.2014 | Impact
Mauricio Lim Miller

In a three-part series I posted a few weeks ago, I shared the story of Myong, a refugee mother whom I tried to help when I ran a social service agency in the '80s.

Helping Should Strengthen Relationships, Not Hurt Them: 3 Perspectives

Mauricio Lim Miller | Posted 11.02.2014 | Impact
Mauricio Lim Miller

It was 1983 I was running a counseling program for refugees from the Vietnam War. My social worker and I had just left what I thought was a great counseling session with Myong, a single mom from Vietnam who raising three kids on her own.

The Death Of The American Dream, Explained In Legos

The Huffington Post | Emily Cohn | Posted 08.20.2014 | Business

The above video featuring Richard V. Reeves, a fellow at the Brookings Institution, is part of an interactive feature that Brookings published We...

You Can Blame Student Debt for America's Inequality and Shrinking Middle Class

Sean McElwee | Posted 08.16.2014 | Politics
Sean McElwee

There is a tendency among elite opinion makers to believe that debt accrued while gaining a college degree is "good debt" that isn't problematic. Sadly, like many pundit platitudes, this assertion is grounded in fantasy, not fact.

We Have to Drive Tech Innovation to Drive Social Mobility

Tiziana Dearing | Posted 07.30.2014 | Impact
Tiziana Dearing

Technology innovation can help drive social mobility. But that doesn't happen in a vacuum. Real choices about resources, regulations, access -- and even what we define as innovative -- help or hinder.

Anger vs. Passion - #FactsOnly

Brandon L. Greene | Posted 06.01.2014 | Black Voices
Brandon L. Greene

If we are going to talk solutions, we need to clearly understand the problems; and when people talk about society, progress and injustice, the numbers don't lie.

Free Higher Education Is a Human Right

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.19.2014 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Social mobility in the United States is at or near its lowest point in modern history. A nation that prides itself on the "only in America" myth has fallen far behind other countries in this, the primary measurement of an equal-opportunity society. In the midst of this class ossification, higher education remains a powerful tool for social mobility.

More than Black and White in NYC

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 03.12.2014 | New York
Howard Steven Friedman

Inequality is a critical issue globally, nationally and locally. It was the single defining issue of candidate de Blasio, although more than one observer noted that his campaign was strong on rhetoric and short on plans.