America’s shifting political landscape and economic thinking, with growing inequality and concentration of poverty

America’s political landscape and economic thinking are shifting. The 2016 election—and the rise of powerful movements over the past decade—has shown us that Americans are calling for change. They want a diagnosis of our economy to help make sense of what’s gone wrong and to suggest ways to make things better. The challenges we face may seem disparate, but they …

The most important report on child poverty in years is finally out. The report estimates that child poverty costs us $800 billion to $1.1 trillion every year due to increased crime, worsened health, and lower earnings when poor kids become adults

The report estimates that child poverty costs us $800 billion to $1.1 trillion every year due to increased crime, worsened health, and lower earnings when poor kids become adults Congress asked top experts for a plan to cut child poverty in half. Here it is. by Dylan Matthews@dylanmattdylan@vox.com  Feb 28, 2019 California Democrats Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Barbara Lee in the Capitol’s Statuary …

Clean Energy Through Urban Action – PUSH Buffalo

Clean Energy Through Urban Action – PUSH Buffalo, by Carolyn Fortuna in Clean Technica, February 23rd, 2019  “It’s an interesting time to be alive,” Rahwa Ghirmatzion, PUSH Buffalo‘s executive director, began during a recent interview with us at CleanTechnica. Mobilizing residents into vibrant neighborhoods with safe, reasonably-priced housing and local hiring opportunities, the organization has many successes, and its ongoing collaboration with the Solutions Project to power the …

‘Plastic Is Lethal’: Groundbreaking Report Reveals Health Risks at Every Stage in Plastics Life Cycle

By Olivia Rosane, Feb. 22, 2019 A new study reveals the health risks posed by the making, use and disposal of plastics. Jeffrey Phelps / Getty Images With eight million metric tons of plastic entering the world’s oceans every year, there is growing concern about the proliferation of plastics in the environment. Despite this, surprisingly little is known about the full impact of plastic pollution on human health. But …

Regional levels of despair and distress reinforce and exacerbate drug use and overdose

In both rural and urban communities, two key factors—economic distress and supply of opioids—predict the rate of opioid deaths. Regional levels of despair and distress that seemed to reinforce and exacerbate the problem. With respect to economics, characteristics like family distress, population loss, and heavy reliance on mining and service industries seemed to drive up mortality rates.  A used needle in …

What Would a Socialist America Look Like? Politico asked thinkers on the left to describe their vision for a re-imagined American economy

What Would a Socialist America Look Like? Politico asked thinkers on the left to describe their vision for a re-imagined American economy. By POLITICO MAGAZINE, September 03, 2018 Just a decade ago, “socialism” was a dirty word in American politics. Debates over its merits were mostly limited to obscure blogs, niche magazines and political parties on the other side of the Atlantic. …

Thinking about reparations

Excerpt from Chuck Collins, In These Times, Jan 31, 2019. This article first appeared on YES! Magazine. One piece of the inequality story is to understand how 40 years of public policies have worsened the racial wealth divide and enriched the top 1 percent. Wealth is where the past shows up in the present, both in terms of historical advantages and barriers. Measures of …

A global minimum wage: If capitalism is going to be globalised, it makes sense that we should globalise the rules and standards that protect people from it as well

There’s an obvious solution: a global minimum wage. If capitalism is going to be globalised, it makes sense that we should globalise the rules and standards that protect people from it as well. Economist Thomas Palley recommends a floor set at 50% of each country’s median wage, so it would be tailored to local economic conditions and cause minimum disruption to comparative …

Jason Hickel: The Divide: A Brief Guide to Global Inequality and Its Solutions

Today, some 4.3 billion people — more than 60 percent of the world’s population — live in debilitating poverty, struggling to survive on less than the equivalent of $5 per day (which is the mean average of all the national poverty lines in the Global South). Half do not have access to enough food. And these numbers have been growing …