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Racial Wealth Gap Much Smaller Among Union Members

Christian Weller Forbes
Persistently large wealth inequality leaves many African-Americans--as well as Latinos and some parts of the Asian-American communities--in a very precarious economic situation and poorly prepared for retirement.

Does the United States Have a ‘Strong’ Economy?

Sam Pizzigati Inequality.org
To most Americans, the best marker of a healthy economy will always be a decent-paying, full-time job. An economy only deserves celebrating when people with full-time jobs have rising paychecks. In America today, they don’t.

Imagining a World With No Bullshit Jobs

David Graeber, Chris Brooks Roar Magazine
In this interview about his latest book, David Graeber discusses the role of unions, the challenges posed by automation and “the revolt of the caring classes.”

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Minimum Wage, Maximum Fearmongering

David Bush RankandFile.CA
Prior to the introduction of an increased minimum wage in Ontario, the business community spread fear that unemployment would rise. Instead the rate has hit an 18-year low. Next time business cries wolf, workers should just pushback harder.

Trump, the Republican Party, and Westmoreland County

Margaret Power Political Research Associates
Trump got 63.5 percent of the vote to Clinton’s 32.5 percent in Westmoreland County. The county is now solidly red, but it hasn’t always been. I grew up in Westmoreland County in the 1960s and ‘70s, and the county was solidly blue. Can it change back

Class of 2018 - College Edition

Elise Gould, Zane Mokhiber, and Julia Wolfe Economic Policy Institute
In this study, we analyze data on recent young college graduates (ages 21–24) to learn about the Class of 2018’s economic prospects as they start their careers.

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12 Rules for Spitting on the Poor

Noah Berlatsky Dollars & Sense
A survey of a dozen self-help books reveals a genre with an ideological axe to grind: it’s not the system that needs changing, it’s you.
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