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  • The Other America: 2016 Edition

    by Louis Ferleger and Matthew Lavallee

    Our methods of measuring economic conditions are failing to capture the plight of millions, leaving them invisible in the New Economy.



  • How the geography of U.S. poverty has shifted since 1960

    Since President Lyndon B. Johnson launched the War on Poverty 50 years ago, the characteristics of the nation’s poor have changed: A larger share of poor Americans today are in their prime working years and fewer are elderly.


  • Raise the Minimum Wage

    by Lawrence S. Wittner

    The richest nation on earth has millions of full-time employees earning poverty-level wages.



  • Recalibrating the Poverty Line

    by John E. Schwarz

    For its 50th anniversary, the poverty line calculation should be rejiggered to reflect reality.

  • Testing the New Pope's Commitment to Poverty

    by Walter G. Moss

    Study of portait of Dorothy Day  by Sarah Melici. Credit: Flickr/Jim Forest.In words to news media people on March 16 the new pope, Francis, explained that he had chosen his name after the medieval saint Francis of Assisi. And it was primarily the saint’s commitment to peace and helping the poor that influenced him. Since the new pope seems to have a good sense of humor, he might appreciate the following irony: Although the Catholic Church he now heads bars women from the priesthood and his church is often accused of gender bias, the twentieth-century person who most forcefully embraced the ideals of St. Francis was a woman -- Dorothy Day.

  • Eight Things I Miss About the Cold War

    by Jon Wiener

    Credit: Wiki Commons.At a book festival in Los Angeles recently, some writers (myself included) were making the usual arguments about the problems with American politics in the 1950s -- until one panelist shocked the audience by declaring, “God, I miss the Cold War.” His grandmother, he said, had come to California from Oklahoma with a grade-school education, but found a job in an aerospace factory in L.A. during World War II, joined the union, got healthcare and retirement benefits, and prospered in the Cold War years. She ended up owning a house in the suburbs and sending her kids to UCLA.Several older people in the audience leaped to their feet shouting, “What about McCarthyism?”  “The bomb?” “Vietnam?” “Nixon?”