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Tag Archives: income inequality
Miseducation and the Working Class
A couple of weeks ago my daughter passed the ‘Kent Test’, the exam ten year olds in my area sit in order to stream them for their secondary education. In our town, the options are stark. Those who pass, like … Continue reading
Posted in Class and Education, Contributors, Issues, Tim Strangleman Tagged income inequality, public school, testing, working-class students 4 Comments
The Return of the Undeserving Poor
In the nineteenth century, critics and policy makers made a clear distinction between the “deserving” and the “undeserving” poor. The deserving poor worked hard, kept their homes and families clean, went to church regularly, maintained sobriety, and otherwise adhered to … Continue reading
Our Overeducated Workforce: Who Benefits?
There are two “college jobs” (jobs requiring a bachelor’s degree) for every three “college graduates” (people 25 or older with a bachelor’s degree). What’s more, according to projections by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, this will not change much in … Continue reading
Climate Change and Income Inequality
People committed to struggles for peace and justice always have our work cut out for us. The forces arrayed against us are powerful and determined, and the range of issues and crises demanding action is daunting. Given our limited time … Continue reading
Posted in Contributors, Issues, Nick Coles, The Working Class and the Economy Tagged activism, climate change, income inequality 1 Comment
Graduating College is Highly Overrated
That’s the headline I propose for the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to attract public attention to its most recent projection of job growth in the next decade. Though a tendentious conclusion from the BLS study, such a headline could … Continue reading
Inequality After Occupy
When the media became aware of the protest centered at Wall Street during the fall of 2011, a predictable line of questioning immediately appeared – whatever in the world are they protesting? “The cause . . . was virtually impossible … Continue reading
All in for Inequality for All
Two months ago I learned about the film Inequality for All when I saw a friend’s post about it on facebook. I rushed to the film’s website to find out when it was coming to Pittsburgh. But alas, there was … Continue reading
Is Education the Answer to Economic Inequality?
One of the most common solutions offered to reverse America’ growing economic inequality is increased access to education. President Obama may have started the trend with his call for universal, high-quality preschool, but others have joined the fray. In March, … Continue reading
Empathizing with Capitalists
Once upon a time, in the 1970s, there probably was, as political conservatives and the business class claimed, a capital shortage. Union power, rising wages, and a tax-and-spend “liberal consensus” had increased household incomes for three decades at the expense … Continue reading
I really have no conception of how much $2 trillion is, and I’m not helped much by knowing that it’s enough for a stack of 20-dollar bills to reach the moon. $2 trillion is really, really a lot of money … Continue reading