Our Poverty Myth

Our Poverty Myth

If you’re poor, many Americans think, it’s your own fault. It’s a sign of your own moral failing. I don’t personally believe that, but the idea has roots in our culture going back centuries. In The Wealth of Nations, the foundational work of...
A 2-Pronged Assault on Women

A 2-Pronged Assault on Women

We heard a lot about the “war on women” during the 2012 election cycle — mostly over Republican attacks on abortion rights and birth control. While the phrase has faded in this election year go-round, the war on women has not. The only change is that now...
Paying for Low-Wage Pollution

Paying for Low-Wage Pollution

Imagine if a corporation set up shop in your community and immediately dumped toxic sludge in your local waterways and buried radioactive waste next to your biggest playground. You and your neighbors, I bet, would demand full compensation from that corporation to pay...
Political Poison

Political Poison

One big difference between the rich and the poor in our country is that the rich don’t tend to have their drinking water poisoned by their own governor. Not that Republican Governor Rick Snyder personally dumped poison into Flint, Michigan’s water. But by...
America’s Hollow Paradises

America’s Hollow Paradises

Think back to your favorite vacation. Wouldn’t it be delightful if that trip never ended? Imagine moving to that fantastic destination town, finding a job and a house, and living the dream. Even if you had to wait tables or stock store shelves, who needs a desk job...
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