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This Is How We Became Plagued By Perpetual Inequality, In 1 Flowchart

The Huffington Post | Maxwell Strachan | Posted 12.05.2013 | Business

No other nation in the developing world creates income inequality quite like us, and that's possibly hurting economic growth, probably hampering econo...

Popkissed: Is It A Fine Day In Oslo?

Marcel Hidalgo | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Marcel Hidalgo

Within their new musical effort, It's A Fine Day, Popkissed, a duo based in Oslo, encompasses a litany of emotions such as anxiety, despair, love, melancholy, sexual passion, jealousy, and death.

Welfare and the States

Rabah Ghezali | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Rabah Ghezali

For most Europeans, the violence of the debate over the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (otherwise known as the "Obamacare") in the United Sates seemed quite puzzling.

Should We Care if Marriage Disappears?

Nigel Barber | Posted 11.27.2013 | Politics
Nigel Barber

Marriage seems to be on the way out in Europe but is slightly more resilient in this country -- at least for the middle class. What would it mean for our society if couples stopped marrying?

Why the Church and Charity Aren't Enough

Derek Penwell | Posted 10.06.2013 | Religion
Derek Penwell

Saying you love Jesus, then making it your political mission to dismantle systems and programs designed to help those whom Jesus loves -- without offering up a legitimate alternative -- cannot but appear to those on the outside to be an exercise in looking out for yourself.

Queen Of England Gets Raise As UK Considers Cutting The Minimum Wage

Posted 04.03.2013 | Business

In case you had any doubt, it's good to be the Queen. British taxpayers just gave the Queen of England a boost of 5 million pounds, or $7.56 milli...

Pope Francis's Humility Does Nothing for the Poor

Nigel Barber | Posted 05.20.2013 | World
Nigel Barber

The new pope favors a modest lifestyle without chauffeured limousines or ostentatious palaces. I am sure that his concern for the poor is sincere. Yet, he is not going to do anything radical to reduce poverty.

Big Government Kills Religion

Nigel Barber | Posted 04.27.2013 | Politics
Nigel Barber

Why is religion in decline in countries where ordinary people enjoy a better standard of living? It seems that there is less fear and uncertainty in people's daily lives. Consequently there is less need for religion to help people cope with the feeling that they have little control over their lives.

Let's Talk About Class

The European Magazine | Posted 04.09.2013 | World
The European Magazine

America likes to talk about race, but not about class.

Dewey Dare

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | Posted 01.14.2013 | Religion
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

Following an election that feels much like a bitterly fought, hard-won vindication of those earlier transformative contests of 1932 and 1964, we might do well to reacquaint ourselves with this great American mind.

The Myth of the Exploding Welfare State

The European Magazine | Posted 12.29.2012 | World
The European Magazine

Public debt has become the main argument against the welfare state. But the two are barely related.

Is Welfare Innocent Until Proven Guilty?

Suneal Bedi | Posted 10.09.2012 | Politics
Suneal Bedi

We can think of the welfare standards in terms of criminal law. Democrats presume that recipients are "innocent until proven guilty." Republicans are more skeptical of recipients, and presume that each is "guilty."

Ragging on America?

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 11.13.2012 | Politics
David Katz, M.D.

Politicians love to tell us rags-to-riches stories. Democrats do; Republicans do. Independents probably do, too. Our president has one. So does our first lady. These tales ostensibly emphasize the American dream, and indeed they do -- but what of the generation in rags?

Poverty: Should The Government Be Responsible For Caring For The Poor?

Posted 08.29.2012 | Religion

HuffPost Live will be taking a comprehensive look at the persistence of poverty in America Aug. 29 and Sept. 5 from 12-4 p.m. EDT and 6-10 p.m. ED...

The Republican Myth of Obama's "Entitlement Society"

Robert Reich | Posted 04.03.2012 | Politics
Robert Reich

Regressive Republicans pretend they're about opportunity. In reality they're back at what they've been doing for years -- promoting Social Darwinism.

Dan Froomkin

The American Social Welfare State Means Relief For (Almost) Everybody

HuffingtonPost.com | Dan Froomkin | Posted 01.14.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney has taken to accusing President Barack Obama of trying to turn the United States into a Eu...

It's the Politics, Stupid!

Leon T. Hadar | Posted 10.12.2011 | World
Leon T. Hadar

The financial mess in the United States as well as in the eurozone are political in their core.

Should Jews Support the Debt Bill?

Dovid Efune | Posted 10.04.2011 | Politics
Dovid Efune

The bill could be perceived by some as essentially un-Jewish. However, in order to reach a proper conclusion in this debate, what needs to be determined is an authentic Jewish perspective on wealth redistribution and charity in general.

Why Americans Are More Religious Than Europeans

Nigel Barber | Posted 06.08.2012 | World
Nigel Barber

In the U.S., the vast majority of the population claims to be religious in surveys, although far fewer show up in church on Sundays. This is very different from the picture in Europe.

Europe Cuts Bountiful Benefits Amidst Fiscal Crises

AP | MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

LONDON — Six weeks of vacation a year. Retirement at 60. Thousands of euros for having a baby. A good university education for less than the cos...

Shades of Praise and Prejudice for the Movie Precious

Carol Smaldino | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Carol Smaldino

Any work of art, film, or music that provokes deeper awareness of our differences and similarities, can make a dent in the usual lack of dialogue.

Men Are Idiots to Not Fight for Paternity Leave

Nathan Hegedus | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Nathan Hegedus

It's really about the lifestyle, the pace. It is all about naps. When, as a father of small children, do you get to nap anymore? I was home for only six months. And I got to nap almost every day.