Medium Income and Poverty in the United States

There is a basic belief in America that if you work hard, you can support yourself and your family. I have always argued that this is a myth for a great many of us. There is a simple proof: Median Household Income -- the income of every resident of that house that is over the …

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The 9.9% – The New American Aristocracy

From The Atlantic, June 2018 issue: Let’s talk first about money—even if money is only one part of what makes the new aristocrats special. There is a familiar story about rising inequality in the United States, and its stock characters are well known. The villains are the fossil-fueled plutocrat, the Wall Street fat cat, the …

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The Real Anti-Semitism According to the Anti-Defamation League

In 1982, Nathan and Ruth Ann Perlmutter published a book titled The Real Anti-Semitism in America. Nathan was at the time the national leader of the Anti-Defamation League. From Chomsky's Fateful Triangle: The United States, Israel, and the Palestinians (1999) Pg.56: In the United States, the Anti-Defamation League is regarded as a civil libertarian organization, …

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Eugene Debs – A “Dangerous Man Calculated to Mislead the Unthinking”

Hi, I'd like to share one of my favorite stories from American history. This is the story of Eugene Debs: Eugene Victor "Gene" Debs (November 5, 1855 – October 20, 1926) was an American union leader, one of the founding members of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW or the Wobblies), and five times …

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Affluence and Influence: Economic Inequality and Political Power in America

Martin Gilens, Professor of Politics at Princeton University, studies economic inequality and political power in the United States. His project, entitled "Inequality and Democratic Responsiveness," relates policy preferences expressed by low, middle, and high income Americans with actual federal policymaking between 1964 and 2006. Gilens' analyses show enormous inequalities in the responsiveness of policymakers to …

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U.S. Foreign Economic and Military Aid by Major Recipient Country: 2001 – 2009

It needs to be said: the United States supports dictators! There is no greater example than by looking at the country of Egypt. Egypt just finished toppling a dictator (Mubarak) who has been receiving substancial militaty aid for years, second only to Israel in the Middle East. Take a look at the numbers: In millions of dollars (16,836 represents …

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