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Upward Mobility

Five Signs We're Not A 'Post-Racial' Society

Sean McElwee | Posted 09.02.2014 | Politics
Sean McElwee

It's impossible to delineate every way race affects us every day, but a cursory examination of major structural racial problems can give us a feeling for how far we still have to go.

College for the Rich

Adam Kirk Edgerton | Posted 06.14.2014 | College
Adam Kirk Edgerton

Carlos, along with millions of others, is realizing that because of our unwillingness to fund public higher education, the promise of college is a lie.

Spike is Right! Housing Discrimination is NYC's Hidden Disgrace (Pt 2)

Antonia Marrero | Posted 05.05.2014 | New York
Antonia Marrero

With undercover agents, Fair Housing Justice Center has exposed an epidemic of housing discrimination on the basis of skin color, disability, source of income and LGBTQ identity in every NYC neighborhood.

Spike Is Right! Crooked Landlords Terrorize Brooklyn Tenants (Pt 1)

Antonia Marrero | Posted 05.05.2014 | New York
Antonia Marrero

This development has brought incredible resources to the area, but the rent-regulated homes of Williamsburg are being systematically and violently dismantled by crooked landlords.

It's About Time, and Long Overdue

Darryl Woodard | Posted 04.01.2014 | Politics
Darryl Woodard

"I ask you to ensure that humanity is served by wealth and not ruined by it." -- Pope Francis message to the World Economic Forum Meeting 2014 The Wo...

America: Land of Opportunity

Rep. Earl Pomeroy | Posted 03.31.2014 | Business
Rep. Earl Pomeroy

S ESOPs are creating the good, paying jobs we need to sustain economic growth and give more workers opportunities for upward mobility. This model can help grow our economy and help our workers and middle-class families. That should be our clear and continuing goal.

We Should Focus on Inequality, Not Upward Mobility

Sean McElwee | Posted 03.29.2014 | Politics
Sean McElwee

A new "bipartisan consensus" is brewing: 2014 will be the year in which Very Serious People argue that America's primary economic goal should be increasing social mobility, not decreasing inequality.

Preserving and Strengthening Access

Lisa S. Coico | Posted 03.25.2014 | College
Lisa S. Coico

Ever since Townsend Harris established The Free Academy, the precursor to The City College of New York, in 1847, access to affordable public higher education has been a pathway to upward mobility for millions of Americans. I happen to be one of them.

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.

Redistribution: The 'R' Word

Ron Davis | Posted 02.10.2014 | Politics
Ron Davis

The President has announced that he wants to tackle inequality and the lack of upward mobility for poor Americans. He has many ideas for doing so, and many involve redistribution. But he smartly avoids mentioning the "R" word.

The American Dream, Compared

Fiona Citkin, Ph.D. | Posted 02.08.2014 | Business
Fiona Citkin, Ph.D.

Compared with the European and Chinese dreams, the American Dream is alive, evolving, and shining. However, we must honor all its four components: reducing it to only economic prosperity and thus presenting US-Americans as primitive fame-and-fortune hunters is unfair.

Your Income Mobility Depends A Lot On Your Location: Study

The Huffington Post | Mark Gongloff | Posted 07.22.2013 | Business

The secret to getting ahead in life is apparently the same as the secret to real estate: location. A new paper by economists at Harvard and Berkele...

Awakening From the American Dream

Sean McElwee | Posted 09.02.2013 | Politics
Sean McElwee

America is the land of the "American Dream." And yet, recent research shows that social mobility is not a vibrant as a Horatio Alger novel implies.

Today's College Degree Should Be as Accessible as a High School Diploma

The University of Central Florida Forum | Posted 04.28.2013 | College
The University of Central Florida Forum

Possession of a college degree today is as important as holding a high school diploma was a century ago. Today, undergraduate education should be open to all those academically qualified -- and at no cost. Public education must be truly public up at least through the bachelor's degree.

Field of Dreams: Explaining Economic Mobility Through Baseball

Mark Olmsted | Posted 05.29.2011 | Politics
Mark Olmsted

America is galloping backward to a degree of class immobility unseen since pre-World War I Europe. Almost everyone can expect to die now in the same class they were born in.

Debating the Two-Party System

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

The two-party system has not just narrowed our choices, it's narrowed our thinking. It has deeply infected our political discourse, our media, and our politicians.

Arianna Talks The Two-Party System At IQ2

Huff TV | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Huff TV

Arianna Huffington didn't pull any punches discussing the two-party system at last night's Intelligence Squared Debate. Arianna's view of the Ameri...

Lost Decade For American Income

Wall Street Journal | By CONOR DOUGHERTY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

The downturn that some have dubbed the "Great Recession" has trimmed the typical household's income significantly, new Census data show, following yea...

Capitalism for All?

Matt Fellowes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Matt Fellowes

American consumers are needlessly losing hundreds of billions of dollars in unnecessary banking and checking fees, inflated interest rates, and missed opportunities.

America/Afghanistan

Matthew Anderson | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Matthew Anderson

In America and Afghanistan, the contributions of the underclass have been co-opted by the affluent. If there is anything that America needs to import to the world it is a healthy portion of real opportunity.

The Shrinking Middle Class In Las Vegas

wsj.com | TAMARA AUDI | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

LAS VEGAS -- Drew Johnson and his wife, Tina had the life many Americans only dream of: A big house in a swanky suburb, a backyard hot tub, and a $100...