Category Archives: Mobility

Noah Smith: Zero-sum thinking makes our fights much nastier


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Remember “war?” That thing where countries (or kings, or religions) would gather up a bunch of people, give them weapons, and have them slaughter each other and pillage the countryside? For most of the past 3,000 years, war was a more-or-less constant feature of human life. Psychologist Steven Pinker, in his book “The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined,” chronicles the transition from a world where violence was the norm to one where it’s a startling, even shocking rarity.

That doesn’t mean war is over, as gruesome examples such as […]

Cool Runnings and cold truths


If you’re paying attention to the Winter Olympics beyond attending themed parties in American flag gear, then you may have noticed some unlikely participants in this year’s games. In Pyeongchang, Jamaicans Carrie Russell, Jazmine Fenlator-Victorian and Audra Segree will take to the slopes to compete in the women’s bobsled event. Hailing from the tropical island of Jamaica, these athletes’ male counterparts once inspired the film “Cool Runnings” by competing in Calgary at the 1988 Winter Olympics. They didn’t win any medals, but—in true Disney fashion—they certainly won a lot of hearts.

My eight-year-old self was one of those people who […]

Safe, happy and free: does Finland have all answers?

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‘It’s about co-operating. Everyone together, equally’: Helsinki, the Finnish capital. Western Europe’s last naturally caused famine ended 150 years ago this winter.
In a poor and backward part of the Russian empire called Finland, more than a quarter of a million people – nearly 10% of the population – starved to death.
Last year, on the centenary of its independence, Finland was ranked, by assorted international indices, the most stable, the safest and the best-governed country in the world.
It was also the third wealthiest, the third least corrupt, the second most socially progressive and the third most socially […]

Latin America: Is there a solution for economic inequality?

Latin America: Is there a solution for economic inequality?

Latin America is the region with the greatest economic inequality in the world. Calculations of the humanitarian organization Ofxam, carried out in 2016, indicated that if this situation does not improve, by 2022 the richest 1% of the region would have more wealth than 99% of the remaining population.

Poverty is the main indicator of economic inequality for a country. In 2016, in Latin America it was estimated that 186 million people lived in poverty and another 61 million in extreme poverty. According to Ofxam statistics, 27% of world growth has been in the hands of the richest 1%, while […]

COOL CLASSES: “Inequality and Public Policy”

COOL CLASSES: “Inequality and Public Policy”

Class name : “Inequality and Public Policy”

Taught by: Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science Matthew Incantalupo

Here’s what Incantalupo had to say about the class: “Inequality and Public Policy” is an exploration of the relationship between policy and economic outcomes in the United States. At a glance, it’s about “who gets what,” but more specifically it’s about how feedback loop,s including political and economic forces, shape access to income, wealth, education, health, and political representation. We take a look at the current state of inequality and policymaking in the United States, the political causes and consequences of economic […]

Safe, happy and free: does Finland have all the answers?


Western Europe’s last naturally caused famine ended 150 years ago this winter. In a poor and backward part of the Russian empire called Finland , more than a quarter of a million people – nearly 10% of the population – starved to death.

Last year, on the centenary of its independence, Finland was ranked, by assorted international indices, the most stable, the safest and the best-governed country in the world . It was also the third wealthiest, the third least corrupt, the second most socially progressive and the third most socially just.

Finland’s judicial system is the most independent in the […]

Elevate CA: It’s Not More Jobs—-It’s More Good Paying Jobs

CA Fwd President and CEO Jim Mayer testifying at Assembly Select Committee on Career Technical Education and Building a 21st Century Workforce hearing in Norco, CA (Credit: Ed Coghlan/CAFwd) There are 5 million—that’s 5 MILLION—Californians who have jobs that pay only minimum wage. As attendees listened to a California Legislature hearing held at Norco College last Friday, another striking fact really jumped out: A sizeable number of those jobs are held by people who are the main wage earner in their households.

“We have plenty of minimum wage jobs. What we need are more living wage jobs,” Assembly Member Sabrina […]

‘Pakistanis may not like it that Mr Jinnah fell in love with a Parsi girl, but the truth must be told’

KARACHI: The second day of the Karachi Literature Festival (KLF) featured the launch of books from a range of topics.

Remnants of a Separation, a history of Indian partition through material memory, was launched at a session in Jasmine Hall.

Author Aahchal Malhorta was joined by Naz Ikramullah, Ashraf, Shahzaz, Aizaj Uddin, and Rema Abbsi for a discussion on the book and its theme.“When you are born in India or Pakistan, you cannot escape from the impact of partition”, said Malhotra, “Official history doesn’t encompass everyone so we have to trust peoples’ memory, but memory is inherently fallible so collective memory […]

Toxic Inequality: How America’s Wealth Gap Destroys Mobility, Deepens the Racial Divide, and Threatens Our Future


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"Everyone concerned about the toxic effects of inequality must read this book."–Robert B. Reich"This is one of the most thought-provoking books I have read on economic inequality in the US."–William Julius WilsonSince the Great Recession, most Americans’ standard of living has stagnated or declined. Economic inequality is at historic highs. But inequality’s impact differs by race; African Americans’ net wealth is just a tenth that of white Americans, and over recent decades, white families have accumulated wealth at three times the rate of black families. In our increasingly diverse nation, sociologist Thomas M. Shapiro argues, […]

To Equitably Connect Housing and Economic Mobility for Black Americans, Tackle Structural Racism


Most Americans’ greatest asset is their home. According to the Economic Policy Institute, housing equity makes up two-thirds of wealth for typical American households , and most wealth for black families is held in their primary residence . But because of segregation and structural racism, owning a home has not provided the same value and pathway for wealth creation for black Americans as it has for white Americans. Barriers to buying a home contribute to a wide homeownership gap between black and white households. According to recent research , 42.2 percent of black households owned homes in 2015 compared […]