A new report shows rising inequality linked to rising high school dropout rates — and upends the view that poverty “incentivizes” the working class. “Lower tail” inequality turns out to really matter.
The gap between richest and poorest communities grows, a reality plain to see in America’s heartland.
Though rooted in America’s religious past, today’s attitudes about the poor are rarely doctrinal but rather cultural. The problem is that such dismissal of struggling Americans is at odds with reality.
An anthropologist follows the everyday struggles of impoverished youth in DC and reveals how businesses target these youth for profit. From used cars to cellphone leases to pawn shops, wealthy investors have made poor neighborhoods into a highly lucrative enterprise.
A new G.I. bill that included one year of civic learning and civic participation would provide students from disadvantaged backgrounds with an affordable college education — and give them the civic skills needed to have a meaningful voice in the democratic process.
Among developed nations, America ranks number one in child poverty. The cause? Many powerful elected leaders point to unmarried mothers. But the research doesn’t back them up. Look instead, that research suggests, to an unequal economy loaded with low-wage jobs.
Why do so many contemporary “fiscal conservatives” insist that safety net programs can only incubate a costly “dependency”? To really understand how many privileged today view poverty, we need to revisit the long history of punitive attitudes toward the poor.
People who cut food stamp benefits — and gut child labor laws — most all had empathy when they came into the world. So what squeezed the empathy out? At the Economic Policy Institute and elsewhere, analysts and researchers are pointing to inequality.
In 2011, more than 46 million Americans lived below a poverty line that was set more than four decades ago.
If America could eliminate most serious poverty in the United States in the 1960s, surely we could do the same today.