How Money Affects Psychology, How the Super-Rich Really Live And How Their Wealth Harms Us

To understand how money affects politics, we need to understand how money affects psychology.APRIL 4, 2021, Michael Mechanic, Senior editor at Mother Jones, adapted from his forthcoming book, Jackpot: How the Super-Rich Really Live―And How Their Wealth Harms Us Paul piff just landed on Park Place. I own it. “Shit,” he says. I also own three railroads, a couple of high-rent monopolies, and …

Biden urged to back water bill amid worst US crisis in decades

Water Act proposes massive injection of federal dollars as millions of people go without access to clean, safe, affordable water. In California alone debt owed on water bills stands at $1bn and one in every eight households is currently in arrears. By Nina Lakhani in New York, 25 Feb 2021, The Guardian Democratic lawmakers and advocates are urging Joe Biden to back legislation proposing …

Broader goals for USDOT: How do we make sure everyone in America, regardless of the neighborhood they live in, has the opportunity to get to jobs that best fit their skills and gets them the opportunity to succeed?

https://www.rollcall.com/2021/02/23/buttigieg-makes-equity-a-top-priority-for-dot/ excerpt “This is not what a DOT secretary sounds like,” said Adie Tomer, head of the Metropolitan Infrastructure Initiative at the Brookings Institution. “Buttegieg is focusing on broader shared goals: How do we make sure everyone in America, regardless of the neighborhood they live in, has the opportunity to get to jobs that best fit their skills and gets …

Inequality: Taxes on the rich are just a sixth of what they used to be

Taxes On The Rich: One-Sixth Of What They Used To Be By Chuck Collins and Bob Lord, Inequality.org. According to a new IPS briefing paper, the richest .01 percent of Americans, about 33,000 lucky souls today, now pay just one-sixth of what they used to pay in tax, when measured as a percentage of their total wealth. The top .01 percent in America …

Closing the Loop: adrienne maree brown on Harm and Accountability

PHOTO BY ANJALI PINTO The author and activist talks to YES! about how to take care of ourselves and our communities, and what that means for movement sustainability. Why you can trust us ByYES! EDITORS  Feb 10, 2021 “Isee the world as a miraculous mess,” adrienne maree brown told YES! in 2018. Fast forward to 2021, and the world feels more mess than miraculous. In …

Nearly half of non-union workforce would join a union if they could. Accelerating wealth inequality and need for protection have raised public support for unions

In 2018, researchers at MIT found that approximately 48% of nonunion workers would join a union if they could — representing some 58 million workers and nearly half of the nonunion workforce.  Gallup estimates that as of 2020, 65% of all Americans approve of labor unions; including 83% of Democrats, 64% of independents and 45% of Republicans.  The coronavirus pandemic may be …

What white grievance are Dems supposed to address? Our problems have been generated by feeding inequality for decades and centuries.

Yes Magazine, Jan 2021. See The Spirit Level. Pickett & Wilkinson. During Obama’s presidency and the lead-up to Trump white Americans gained about 4 million jobs and more than $5,000 in real (inflation-adjusted) median family income from 2010 to 2017—much more than Black, Latinx, and Native Americans gained. Economic improvement was especially strong in the upper Midwest, which is 80% White. …

Students disappeared from classes when they lost internet. A rural Colorado school district’s creativity got them back online. Alamosa School District saw no end to the growing digital divide, as parents lost jobs. Then the community came together for a temporary solution. by Tamara Chuang, Colorado Sun, Jan 7, 2021 Marsha Cody calls it a “Christmas miracle.” Two days before …