Category Archives: Poverty

Land and People

The tenth episode of The Age of Uncertainty, John Kenneth Galbraith’s 1977 BBC TV show about the history of economic thought, is an examination of poverty and inequality. Pay special attention to his observations about Mexico, where population growth has now … Continue reading

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Morning Awful: Starve the Beast

Paul Ryan wants to knock out the props of what they call “the welfare state.” Because the phrase “general welfare” doesn’t appear anywhere in the Constitution, right? Via ThinkProgress: Cuts in benefits: If the cuts were to come solely from … Continue reading

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Morning Awful: War on Heat

Austerity fever hasn’t abated in Washington, and once again the poorest people in America are taking the bite — frostbite. Arthur Delaney at HuffPo: Just in time for the start of winter, Congress and the White House reduced LIHEAP funding … Continue reading

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Finally, an online game that represents the reality of working America after three decades of deliberate, sustained wage suppression! Spent is like Barbara Ehrenreich’s Nickel and Dimed as a Choose-Your-Own-Adventure: The project of a North Carolina ministry and an ad agency, … Continue reading

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Morning Awful: American Food Hardship

Over seventeen million American households had difficulty feeding themselves at least once last year. McClatchy: Roughly one in three of these “food insecure” households — nearly 6.4 million in 2010 — had very low food security, in which consumption was … Continue reading

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Morning Awful: Voucher Stampede

This is what collapse looks like. Texas takes special pride in not rewarding the “deserving poor” on a good day, so naturally a few years of recession and reduced spending on public housing systems have led to these scenes. Rick … Continue reading

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