SOURCE: The New Republic
The Surprising Cross-Racial Saga of Modern Wealth Inequality
by Adolph Reed Jr.
A political scientist argues that the black-white wealth gap is mostly a product of four decades of income gains accruing to the highest earners; accordingly a broad economic justice program is the best way to close the wealth gap.
It Takes Black Women in the U.S. 20 Months to Earn What White Men Make in a Year. Here's the History Behind That Wage Gap
by Andrea Flynn
In order to understand the present day race and gender wage gaps we must first look to slavery and the Jim Crow era that followed.
SOURCE: Washington Post
Why the racial wealth gap persists, more than 150 years after emancipation
by Calvin Schermerhorn
When one system of economic oppression collapsed, new ones were created to fill the void.
SOURCE: Boston Review
Why the Labor Movement Has Failed—And How to Fix It
by Sarita Gupta, Stephen Lerner, and Joseph A. McCartin
The arc of the economic universe has bent badly toward injustice.
SOURCE: New Yorker
Is a history degree only accessible to students at elite universities?
by Eric Alterman
For the past decade, on American campuses, history has been declining more rapidly than any other major, even as more and more students attend college. But at Ivy League schools, the major is thriving.
SOURCE: The Washington Post
Why 2018 is awash in conspiracies and scandals
by Sarah Horowitz
Our era of scandal is not driven by the occupant in the White House, but by a deeper problem: economic inequality.
SOURCE: History channel
Are We Living in the Gilded Age 2.0 ?
by Edward T. O’Donnell
The original Gilded Age was followed by the Progressive Era. Will ours?
SOURCE: New Republic
Lessons From the Gilded Age
by Sarah Jones
America today has a lot in common with that bygone era of monopolies and gross inequality. But will the country respond similarly?
Who Benefits from the “Booming Economy”?
by Lawrence Wittner
Soaring wealth and incomes for the few do not automatically translate into better lives for the many.
The Scandal of Vast Inequality in Retirement Pay
by Lawrence Wittner
It wasn’t always this way.
SOURCE: Washington Spectator
Slow Burn: Bernie Sanders Ignites a Populist Movement
by Rick Perlstein
Conservatives drawn to a socialist senator -- in Texas!
We Need a New Conversation about Inequality
by Thomas Frank
Democrats are scared of class. But issues like inequality are why liberals exist, and talk can't be left to elites.
How the Young Elite Rise in Washington, D.C.
by Michael Lind
The White House engages in blatant class discrimination by allowing One Percenters to subsidize it.
After Fifty Years, Remember the March on Washington was for JOBS as Well as Freedom
by Jeff Roquen
Martin Luther King: "Why aren't we free? Because we are poor."
George Packer: Celebrating Inequality
George Packer, a staff writer at The New Yorker, is the author, most recently, of “The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America.”THE Roaring ’20s was the decade when modern celebrity was invented in America. F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “Great Gatsby” is full of magazine spreads of tennis players and socialites, popular song lyrics, movie stars, paparazzi, gangsters and sports scandals — machine-made by technology, advertising and public relations. Gatsby, a mysterious bootlegger who makes a meteoric ascent from Midwestern obscurity to the palatial splendor of West Egg, exemplifies one part of the celebrity code: it’s inherently illicit. Fitzgerald intuited that, with the old restraining deities of the 19th century dead and his generation’s faith in man shaken by World War I, celebrities were the new household gods.
At Universities, Too, the Rich Grow Richer
by Lawrence S. Wittner
Ohio State University president E. Gordon Gee at the annual meeting of the American Council on Education in March 2013.Although many Americans believe their universities are places where administrators and faculty members coexist on a fairly equal basis, the reality is that this is far from the case.According to recent surveys by the Chronicle of Higher Education, thirty-five private university presidents and four public university presidents topped $1 million in total earnings during the 2011-2012 fiscal year.
Monica Prasad: Land of Plenty (of Government)
Monica Prasad, an associate professor of sociology and faculty fellow in the Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern University, is the author of “The Land of Too Much: American Abundance and the Paradox of Poverty.”Why do European countries have lower levels of poverty and inequality than the United States? We used to think this was a result of American anti-government sentiment, which produced a government too small to redistribute income or to attend to the needs of the poor. But over the past three decades scholars have discovered that our government wasn’t as small as we thought. Historians, sociologists and political scientists have all uncovered evidence that points to a surprisingly large governmental presence in the United States throughout the 20th century and even earlier, in some cases surpassing what we find in Western Europe.
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