- Working-Class Perspectives offers weekly commentaries on current issues related to working-class people and communities. Contributors discuss a variety of issues, from what class means to how it intersects with race and gender to how class is shaping American politics. We welcome relevant comments of 500 words or less.
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Category Archives: The Working Class and the Economy
Deindustrialisation has ravaged areas of the English North and Midlands, areas that are also some of the hardest hit by successive governments’ programs of austerity since 2008. A recent study claimed that the hollowing out of industry in these areas … Continue reading
One of the most popular memes in Donald J. Trump’s campaign is his claim that the system — and more recently the election itself — is rigged. After Hillary Clinton secured the Democratic nomination, Donald Trump made the following appeal … Continue reading
The recent debacle involving the corporately sanctioned illegal churning of consumer bank accounts by Wells Fargo reminds us of how difficult it is for consumers to access reliably ethical banking services. With easy access to the kinds of information most … Continue reading
Given that many working people are also poor, Labor Day is good time to talk about poverty in the United States. But in this election year, with so much with emphasis on jobs, we should look especially at the relationship … Continue reading
For decades Wall Street’s big banks and the financial services industry have used—and abused–the judicial system to hammer working-class families and erode the American Dream. Left virtually defenseless because they could not afford to hire attorneys to fight back, millions … Continue reading
I woke up Friday morning to the news that my country decided that it no longer wants to be part of the European Union. With a large turnout of 72% of the eligible electorate, the vote went 51.9% in favour … Continue reading
“Entrepreneurship” generates big buzz and the cacophony is enormously positive. Legions of leaders, organizations, and politicians promote entrepreneurship as an alternative pathway to a better life for the poor, disconnected, and left behind. For example, Steve Case, who made a … Continue reading