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Archives by Tag 'poverty'
‘Factivism’ and Other Fairytales from Bono
HARRY BROWNE
It had been just about possible to ignore Bono’s TED talk about the imminent e...
The Arithmetic of Desperation in Detroit
CHRIS LEWIS
Lansing has it out for Detroiters. That’s William Scott’s estimation, at least. “The politicians in state government, in my opinion, care more about the suburbs than here in Detroit,” the retired auto worker told me a few years ago, sitting in a lawn chair perched...
The Pretense of Doing Good (While Raising Millions)
MARK SCHULLER
On Tuesday, Oscar-winning actor Sean Penn, whose new role is Haiti’s ambassador to the United Nations, ...
India: Growing Inequality and Destructive Development
GRAHAM PEEBLES
Upon a foundation of deep spirituality and philosophical treasures, proclaiming unity, justice and service, New India, horns honking in violation of the good; is racing, no time to spare towards the Alter of Materiality and Market Fundamentalism. Under the careful ...
Object Lessons on Chronic Poverty in America
JOHN GRANT
In The New York Times February 6th on pages 20 and 21, across from each other, there were two tragic stories centered around the themes of sex, race and power. You might call them love stories, though they were definitely not Hallmark card or Harlequin romances....
No Urgency for Haiti’s Poor
JOHN CARROLL, MD
Port-au-Prince. How long should we let hundreds of thousands of Haitians live in horrid tents and shacks after the earthquake of 2010? They have been living in squalid conditions for three years now. 

And how long should we let a two year old little b...
Jakarta’s Killer Floods and the Elites
ANDRE VLTCHEK
It is ‘biasa’ – business as usual – at the ‘Mall Of Indonesia’ in North Jakarta. As if there has been no tragedy of a great magnitude that occurred in this city just a few short minutes drive from its pseudo-Baroque arches and security guards. ...
Dr. King Had Other Dreams
TOM and JUDY TURNIPSEED
On December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat to a white passenger on a Montgomery bus.  Martin Luther King, Jr. was 26 years old; Coretta had just given birth to their first child. E D. Dixon, another Montgomery pastor, asked to host a meeting in Ki...
Stop the Poverty, Start the Healing
ROSEANNE DEMORO
The pervasive poverty engulfing this nation comes as no surprise to America’s nurses.   They see the country’s declining condition in their patients–  an assault on the basic state of health of America’s population, with appalling effects.  Nurses are soun...
Manufacturing Poverty
CHERI HONKALA
On December 10, community leaders all across the country held vigils and rallies outside Congressional offices to defend the safety net and protest the so-called “fiscal cliff” negotiations in Washington, DC. It was part of a coordinated national campaign on Internati...
Police State India
ANDRE VLTCHEK
In the middle of December 2012, New Delhi was once again choking on a thick stratum of smog. Everyone around me was coughing, while I was supposed to be filming, for one of my documentaries. But in such conditions, filming became almost impossible, unless one was yearning...
Atheism and the Class Problem, Revisited
DAVID HOELSCHER
I want to briefly follow up on a recently published article of mine about atheism and economic justice. Doing so makes good sense, I think, because the piece is long, research-based, and addresses an unduly neglected topic. I’ll get to the article presently, but first l...
Inequality and Poverty American-Style
GRAHAM PEEBLES
Irrespective of ones circumstances or stage of life, illness is never welcome, in America if your poor it can prove to be a total catastrophe, ending often in personal bankruptcy. “According to a report published in The American Journal of Medicine, medical bills are a ...
When Plutocrats Blame the Poor
JOSEPH RICHARDSON
London. In Charles Dickens ‘Hard Times’, there is a scene where one of the main...
No Wait for Austerity
KATRINA BACOME
I don’t have a television, so I didn’t get to see President Obama deliver his reelection speech last night. Like millions of Americans, the day after the election was much the same as every other day. I spent my first day after Obama’s victory moving for...
The Political Economy of Sharing
ADAM PARSONS
The idea of sharing is increasingly popular today as an answer to many of our social, environmental and economic problems. By learning how to share more in our everyday lives – in everything from cars, clothes, couches, meals, household tools, even our time and skil...
What Sandy Shows South Africa
PATRICK BOND
Durban, South Africa. What did Hurricane Sandy teach us a week ago, here in South Africa, just as $30 billion of state funds is being committed to the dig out of vast new Durban port capacity over the next three decades, plus billions more nearby for petro...
Solidarity After the Storm
LAURA RAYMOND and JEENA SHAH
While the extent of Hurricane Sandy’s damage in the U.S. and the Caribbean is still being assessed, what’s already clear is that across the map the recovery process will be long and require massive financial and human investments by both governments and non-govern...
Capitalism is the Crisis
KATRINA BACOME
Our topic today is a livable economy, and right now that conversation is urgent. I don’t have to tell you that, you’re all here because you know something is wrong. We live in a society that promises us that if we work hard we will succeed. If we allow the fre...
Are Bombs Broken?
ERIC PATTON
If a bomb goes off and kills a lot of people, does that mean the bomb is broken?  The question is ludicrous.  If the bomb were broken, it wouldn’t go off. That is self-evident, but why is it self-evident?  It’s because, intuitively, we all understand...
In the Zone of the Homeless
MICHAEL DOLINER
I am living in the middle of the produce district in Los Angeles. Every morning trucks beeping and backing up wake me, especially the trucks dragging away the full dumpster and sliding in the empty one. Nearby are the toy, flower, and fabric districts. Also, spread among ...
“Kick-a-Nigger” Politics
KEVIN ALEXANDER GRAY
“There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to car...
Where are the Clergy?
MEL KING and Rev. WILLIAM E. ALBERTS
Our two fathers would have much to say to today’s presidential and Senate candidates who are pandering for middle class votes?  As if tens of millions of economically struggling families, like the ones in which we were raised, did not even exist.  In the face of such ...
Trickle Up and Trickle Down
PAUL CANTOR
Trickle down economics refers to the view that the profits of the rich ultimately trickle down to the poor.  Specifically, for example, tax cuts that benefit the rich motivate them to invest and the growth that results from that investment benefits everyone....
Respect for Life in the Slums of Cite Soleil
JOHN CARROLL, MD
Port-au-Prince. Do four pound babies in one of the worst slums in the world really count? It seems they do at St. Catherine’s Hospital in Cite Soleil. This precious little girl was born on Friday morning (three days ago) but was having ...