Tag Archives: Poverty

The Expanding World of Poverty Capitalism

The Expanding World of Poverty Capitalism
By Thomas B. Edsall Originally published in the www.nytimes.com Above photo: People at Sacramento County family court wait for a number, before standing in another line for a service window. Dennis McCoy | Sacramento Business Journal In Orange County, Calif., the probation department’s “supervised ... Read more

Will Detroit’s Water be Privatized or Recognized as Commons?

Will Detroit’s Water be Privatized or Recognized as Commons?
When it comes to a person’s fundamental needs being met - nothing is more basic and human, than to share. Right now the people of Detroit are being attacked by an unelected regime that represents the interests of the banks and large corporations. Their latest campaign has been to turn ... Read more

Leveling the Playing Field for Worker Cooperatives

Leveling the Playing Field for Worker Cooperatives
A quiet revolution is rumbling through New York's municipal offices as they retool to support the creation of worker cooperatives as a way to fight poverty. Spurred by the powerful example of immigrant-owned cleaning cooperatives and the longstanding example of Cooperative Home Care Associates ... Read more

Report: Charters Creating Two-Tier Education

Report: Charters Creating Two-Tier Education
As an antidote to the “grow grow grow” mentality of the elected officials and business leaders pushing charter schools, a recent report by University of Oregon professor and political economist Gordon Lafer outlines what’s wrong with privatization of public schools. The report, titled Do Poor Kids ... Read more

Fracking Could Cause People to Die of Thirst

Fracking Could Cause People to Die of Thirst
You cannot live without water, but the fossil fuel industry is counting on squeezing the last drop out of the Earth to extract oil and natural gas. On March 21, Bloomberg news ran an article, "Global Energy Thirst Threatens Water Supplies, UN Says." It's rather grim to foresee that when the fresh ... Read more

Housing and the Construction of the Racial Wealth Gap

Housing and the Construction of the Racial Wealth Gap
Yesterday, apropos of Paul Ryan’s remarks on “inner-city poverty” and a culture that “doesn’t value work,” I wrote about the policy that went into building our inner-cities and depriving whole communities of wealth and opportunity. Likewise, at MSNBC, Ned Resnikoff wrote an excellent piece ... Read more

High Minimum Wage Equals Jobs Growth

High Minimum Wage Equals Jobs Growth
When Washington residents voted in 1998 to raise the state’s minimum wage and link it to the cost of living, opponents warned the measure would be a job-killer. The prediction hasn’t been borne out. In the 15 years that followed, the state’s minimum wage climbed to $9.32 -- the highest in the country. ... Read more