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Attacking the Stream

April 16, 2014 · Online Articles

For many social media critics, the “stream” and its never-ending rush of information are getting overwhelming. But as these critics pine for a return to a calmer, more curated media world, they fail to consider the voices that the old-guard media left out—women of color, for example. People like me. {…}

By Sydette Harry
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From the War on Poverty to the War on the Poor

April 15, 2014 · Online Articles

Some 47.1 million people, or 15.1 percent of the U.S. population, now live in poverty—the highest number in fifty-two years, up from 11.7 percent of the population in 2000. It’s time to stop blaming the victims and wage a new war on poverty. {…}

By Joseph M. Schwartz
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Taiwan’s Sunflower Protests: A Q&A with Shelley Rigger

April 11, 2014 · Online Articles

Yesterday, students ended a three-week occupation of Taiwan’s legislature. To help explain the causes and meaning of the protests, and place them in historical perspective, Jeffrey Wasserstrom speaks with Shelley Rigger, a political scientist, Taiwan expert, and author of Why Taiwan Matters: Small Island, Global Powerhouse. {…}

By Jeffrey Wasserstrom
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Who Pays? Taxes and American Inequality

April 10, 2014 · Online Articles

The tax system offers us a detailed and damning description of American inequality and, just as importantly, promises to do something about it. But the American system of public finance has always been weak and fragmented, and three decades’ worth of tax cuts haven’t helped. {…}

By Colin Gordon
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A Generation’s Call: Voices from the Student Fossil Fuel Divestment Movement

April 9, 2014 · Online Articles

On the heels of last weekend’s Fossil Fuel Divestment Convergence, we hear from two students active in campus and national divestment efforts. Chloe Maxmin sketches the contours of a rapidly growing movement and examines the case of Harvard. Kate Aronoff argues that students must situate themselves carefully within social movement strategy if they are to effectively leverage the power of their institutions. {…}

By Kate Aronoff and Chloe Maxmin
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A Tattered Safety Net: Social Policy and American Inequality

April 3, 2014 · Online Articles

The American welfare state is widely regarded as a poor cousin to those of its democratic peers. As the most unequal wealthy country, the United States also does the least to address that inequality through public policy—despite strong historical and international evidence that social spending programs can drastically reduce inequality. {…}

By Colin Gordon
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The Anti-Mafia Movement in Milan

April 2, 2014 · Online Articles

Increasingly complicit politicians, businessmen, and professionals have allowed mafia groups to conquer significant sections of the market economy in Milan—far afield from their traditional base in southern Italy. But a growing anti-mafia movement, led by young people and championed by municipal politicians, is pushing back. {…}

By Nando dalla Chiesa
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Navajo Equality? Gay Marriage and the Limits of Tribal Sovereignty

April 1, 2014 · Online Articles

In 2005, the Navajo Nation passed its own version of the Defense of Marriage Act called the Diné Marriage Act. Navajo LGBT activists have recently reignited their struggle to overturn the law, hoping to capitalize on decisions legalizing gay marriage in Utah and New Mexico late last year. In the process, they have raised long-standing questions about the reach of the U.S. legal system onto Native lands. {…}

By Kate Redburn
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The Perils of Private Welfare: Job-Based Benefits and American Inequality

March 27, 2014 · Online Articles

American inequality is driven not just by the uneven distribution of wages, but also by the uneven distribution of job-based benefits. More than any other country, the United States relies on private employment and private bargaining to deliver basic social benefits—including health coverage, retirement security, and paid leave. The results—on any basic measure of economic security—have been dismal. {…}

By Colin Gordon
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Poetry and Action: Octavio Paz at 100

March 25, 2014 · Online Articles

Octavio Paz spoke out against American imperialism in Latin America throughout his career, but his outspoken opposition to Stalinism and revolutionary violence got him smeared as a Reaganite. On the poet’s centenary, a look at his politics and his most comprehensive collection in English. {…}

By Joel Whitney
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