This week in OtherWords, Josh Hoxie looks beyond the headlines at the myths behind inequality in our country. Is it because some people just don’t work as hard? Or is it because we’re all starting at different places?

It’s the latter, he says. Which means telling people to pull themselves up by their bootstraps isn’t enough.

We’ve also got an op-ed from Chuck Jones, the local union leader at an Indiana factory Donald Trump supposedly saved by stopping the Carrier manufacturing company from sending its jobs to Mexico. But now over 1,200 Indiana workers for the same parent company are losing their jobs anyway.

If he’d wanted to, Jones says, Trump could’ve saved those jobs, too — and thousands more like them. This week in OtherWords, he explains how.

Rounding out our package, Mona Younis offers a wry take on why America needs 1.5 billion immigrants. Jim Hightower praises the Postal Service, America’s most popular federal agency. And Jill Richardson offers an intro civics lesson for our president.

Finally, Khalil Bendib imagines the standoff between Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un as it must look to much of the world.

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  1. Fighting An Unfair System / Josh Hoxie
    Addressing rising inequality will require fixing our unfair economic system, not impugning poor families for being poor.
  2. Wanted: 1.5 Billion Immigrants / Mona Younis
    Surely any country that hoards a planet’s wealth should expect to care for a proportional number of that planet’s people.
  3. How Trump Could Actually Stop Offshoring / Chuck Jones
    On day one, Trump could have saved thousands of U.S. jobs. He didn’t.
  4. Turns Out Running the Country Isn’t Like Running a Business / Jill Richardson
    Trump blames our “archaic” constitution for being inefficient. But that’s the idea.
  5. The Post Office Delivers, Literally / Jim Hightower
    There’s a reason our national mail service consistently ranks as the most popular federal agency.
  6. The Crazier Than Thou Contest / Khalil Bendib
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Peter Certo is the editorial manager of the Institute for Policy Studies and the editor of 

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