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Andrew Stefan Weiner: “Trumpism and/as Violence”


This piece was originally presented by the author at State of Emergency: Politics, Aesthetics, Trumpism, a public forum that took place at New York University on December 10, 2016.

by Andrew Stefan Weiner

Over the past several years it has become more common for scholars and activists to rely on the concept of structural violence, along with the closely related ideas of systemic and institutional violence. In the US, these concepts are typically invoked in critical analyses of problems like climate change, mass incarceration, and the complex networks of discriminatory oppression associated with class, race and ethnicity, able-bodiedness, […]

Many middle-class University students find tuition difficult to manage

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LSA junior Joshua Rabotnick moved from Los Angeles in August 2016 to attend the University of Michigan, but cannot afford the tuition bill without loans.

LSA freshman Andrea Perez, an in-state student, is in the same situation as Rabotnick. Two families, both in the middle-class income level, struggle to pay for a degree from the University.

Despite a report from the Equality of Opportunity Project saying the median family income for a student at the University is $154,000, in the same report the University was ranked last in economic social mobility of 25 highly selective public universities.With students facing debt after […]

To understand Trump, learn from his voters

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To make sense of Donald Trump’s emerging presidency, it helps to understand the social and economic discontent that put him in office. Harvard Professor Michael Sandel took a hard look at those concerns during a Tuesday afternoon lecture called “Why Trump? What Now?” Sandel argued that Trump’s rise, whatever some people may think of it, was based on legitimate public concerns that weren’t otherwise being addressed.

Addressing a full house at Harvard Law School’s Langdell Hall, Sandel first acknowledged the concerns of many of his listeners. “Many people around the world worry that the American republic is tilting toward tyranny. […]

INCOME INEQUALITY: ANALYSIS AND RECOMMENDATION USING THE BARDACH METHOD. A Thesis

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1 INCOME INEQUALITY: ANALYSIS AND RECOMMENDATION USING THE BARDACH METHOD A Thesis Presented to the faculty of the Department of Public Policy and Administration California State University, Sacramento Submitted in partial satisfaction of the requirements for the degree of MASTER OF PUBLIC POLICY AND ADMINISTRATION by Michael W. Billingsley SPRING 2014

2 2014 Michael W. Billingsley ALL RIGHTS RESERVED ii3 INCOME INEQUALITY: ANALYSIS AND RECOMMENDATION USING THE BARDACH METHOD A Thesis by Michael W. Billingsley Approved by:, Committee Chair Robert W. Wassmer, Ph.D., Second Reader Su Jin Jez, Ph.D. Date iii4 Student: Michael W. Billingsley I certify that this […]

LSESU Social Mobility: “The majority of people at LSE are unaware of their economic privilege“


I never believed I would fit in at LSE. Before coming to university, I strongly believed that there would be no people from my race or social class at the university, which was a huge psychological barrier for me.

Despite the fact that I knew perfectly well how to assimilate into social and cultural settings that were foreign to me since I had attended one of the top state grammar schools in the country, I realised that I could never be myself or ‘let my hair down’ in these settings. This policing of my nature and culture included not […]

It’s not the economy; it’s education

Democrats are searching for a plan to bridge the deep political gulf between the white, working-class voters who supported Donald Trump and the urban, professional, LGBT voters and people of color who supported Hillary Clinton. The major parties are becoming foreign countries to each other — with their own media, values and vocabularies. The solution: Focus on the yawning educational divide that underlies the political one.

Educational attainment separates Americans geographically, politically, economically and culturally. College graduates backed Clinton by a nine-point margin. Voters without a college degree backed Trump. Clinton won more votes among college-educated whites than Barack Obama […]

Tuition-free college would rev up California’s economic engine

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[As part of Community Advocates continuing efforts to illuminate issues that warrant attention and action, its consultant, Morley Winograd, wrote this op/ed in today’s Sacramento Bee for Community Advocates. It makes clear that California’s multi-level post-secondary public educational structure is doing something right, we just need to do more of it . The policy makers who can make a difference are in our state capital and read the Bee . – David A. Lehrer] Tuition-free college would rev up California’s economic engines

by MORLEY WINOGRAD

Higher education is the key to economic mobility in America. A recent study […]

Would Mike Ilitch’s story be possible today?

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Buy Photo Mike Ilitch lived an extraordinary life.

Son of Macedonian immigrants, he was a working-class kid who served in the Marines and got a tryout with the Detroit Tigers organization. Ilitch parlayed grit, creativity, a good marriage and a passion for his hometown into becoming one of the richest and most famous Detroiters of his time.

His was the kind of achievement that the American Dream has tended to proffer its most talented and hard-working youth. From Henry Ford to Steve Jobs, America’s saga is replete with these rags-to-riches stories.But it’s fair to ask whether a life such as Ilitch’s […]

What Social Democracy Delivers


A demonstration on May Day 1917 in Sandviken, Sweden. Britt-Marie Sohlström / Flickr The next issue of Jacobin , “ Journey to the Dark Side ,” will be out February 21. Subscribe for the first time at a discount . n Tuesday night, Bernie Sanders and Ted Cruz squared off in a CNN debate about the future of health care in the United States. As might be expected from an event pitting the country’s most well-known social democrat against one of the GOP’s most reactionary , Ayn Rand – loving conservatives , the discussion inevitably turned to larger questions […]

Economic Diversity and Social Mobility at Christian Colleges

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Back in November 2012 I wondered about the economic diversity of Christian and church-related colleges and universities. “While I’m glad to see more attention being given to the treatment of women and people of color on Christian college campuses,” I wrote, “it also makes me realize how little I’ve heard us talk about a third potential inequality: that based on socioeconomic class.” But using student survey data from the Higher Education Research Institute, I found that “religious (but not Catholic) colleges and universities are the only category of private schools at which a majority of students have parents who […]