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Why COVID Spreads Among the Young

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On September 18, 2020
For all the shaming of young people for their partying and whatever spreading the COVID, as if young people acting like society has told them to for their whole lives is somehow explicitly their fault instead of, say, the politicians and university presidents who are demanding that young people gather together. But in the end, […]
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The False Economy

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On May 21, 2019
Yes, unemployment rates are low. There are jobs for most people who want them. But this has not really budged the national worry over income inequality and the widespread belief that the economy does not work for most of us. There’s a good reason for that–it does not. Unemployment numbers are a facile measure of […]

The New Gilded Age

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On July 23, 2018

The latest Economic Policy Institute report on the New Gilded Age is out and it is a go-to resource on income inequality. From the executive summary: In 2015, the top 1 percent of families in the U.S.

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Life in Texas

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On February 19, 2017
Now that the entire nation is on the road to becoming Texas, let’s see what life is like in the Lone Star Republic. Texans Carlos Santiago and Mary New, who both went from local schools to careers to partial retirement in Houston may as well live on separate planets when it comes to their lifestyles […]

CEO Tax

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On December 27, 2016

This is an interesting approach to grotesque CEO pay in the New Gilded Age. In Portland, Oregon, lawmakers aren’t holding their collective breath. In a move that made international headlines, Portla

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Declining Upward Mobility

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On December 12, 2016
While I have my objections to the entire idea of “The American Dream” because it has a priori assumptions that will and should be at the bottom of a society that values competitiveness and pulling yourself up by your bootstraps over lifting all boats, there’s no question that it’s a powerful myth. And at its […]
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