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Ideas in Search of a Movement: Thomas Piketty, Jacob Riis and Economic Inequality

Steven Conn | Posted 06.08.2014 | Politics
Steven Conn

Right now Thomas Piketty's book, and all the others that have exposed, analyzed and offered prescriptions for our economic inequality, are powerful ideas in search of a movement. Income equality is not like the weather. Rather than just complaining about it, we can actually do something to make it better.

Is America Ready for a New War on Poverty?

Peter Dreier | Posted 03.10.2014 | Politics
Peter Dreier

We know how to reduce poverty. Within a decade after President Johnson declare a War on Poverty, we cut the nation's poverty rate in half. We should commit ourselves to cutting it in half once again by 2025.

The War On Poverty Is Our Moral Challenge Now

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 01.07.2014 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Even as we've made progress against poverty, we've fallen back on other fronts. Employment, especially long-term unemployment, is at record highs for the modern era. Higher education is increasingly expensive. We are living in an increasingly inequitable economy.

The Election: The New Reality Show

Susan Berger | Posted 12.16.2012 | Politics
Susan Berger

Millions would not think of missing the Kardashian wedding or Real Housewives of New York reunion. But there is an even bigger reality to get engaged in.

Poverty in America 50 Years After Michael Harrington's The Other America

Peter Dreier | Posted 05.25.2012 | Politics
Peter Dreier

Today, Harrington is almost a forgotten figure. Contemporary historians and sociologists still cite Harrington in their studies of poverty, but few Americans under 50, including most activists with unions, community organizers and civil rights groups, have heard of him.

Remembering Poverty Before the Safety Net

Dan Morgan | Posted 02.21.2012 | Politics
Dan Morgan

In an ideal world, families, churches, and volunteer organizations -- exemplifying the idea that we Americans take care of our own without relying on government -- would be the safety net. But this isn't an ideal world.

The Perils for Obama of Not Talking About Poverty in America

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 10.10.2011 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

It's strange that President Obama doesn't show any indignation about our long slide into economic oblivion. He's certainly not "fighting mad" about it. He draws a line in the sand, the Republicans cross it, then he steps back and draws another line in the sand.

Excuse Me, How Does It Feel to Be Poor?

Deepak Chopra | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Deepak Chopra

Is there a new idea that can bridge the immense gap between rich and poor in income, education, health, and opportunities? Religion certainly isn't that new idea.