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America’s Great Working-Class Colleges


The heyday of the colleges that serve America’s working class can often feel very long ago. It harks back to the mid-20th century, when City College of New York cost only a few hundred dollars a year and was known as the “Harvard of the proletariat.” Out West, California built an entire university system that was both accessible and excellent.

More recently, these universities have seemed to struggle, with unprepared students, squeezed budgets and high dropout rates. To some New Yorkers, “City College” is now mostly a byword for nostalgia.

It should not be.Yes, the universities that educate students from modest […]

The Guardian view on social mobility: the class ceiling

Most people would like to live in a society that is fair, where merit is rewarded and every child in every part of the country has a similar chance of health and happiness. Most of us recognise that however much successive governments declare their intention of working towards this ambition, the goal gets no nearer. Austerity has fallen unequally. The number of children in poverty, which fell by a third in the decade after 2000, is now expected to be back above 3 million by 2020. A new report from Professor Neena Modi, president of the Royal College of […]

Why Cal State L.A. turns most low-income students into top earners


The son of Mexican immigrants, Mr. Pla moved to Los Angeles’s Boyle Heights neighborhood at 5 years old. One of five children growing up on the $100 a month his father earned doing construction work in the 1950s, Pla says he always dreamed of attending “the college on the hill.”

That college was California State University, Los Angeles, a mid-tier public university that he credits with his rapid ascent up the income ladder.

The latest news straight to your inbox.“Without Cal State L.A., I’m nowhere,” says Pla, who initially got his foot in the door at an East Los Angeles community […]

Scapegoating globalization won’t solve economic woes

BEIJING – Finding a scapegoat for the prolonged global economic quagmire is easy, while coming up with practical solutions is not.

The current global economic situation is the result of a lack of new growth engines, inadequate global economic governance and uneven development. Obviously, these problems will never be solved by a shift away from globalization.

Economic globalization is a double-edged sword, but its benefits far outweigh the costs, whether for developed and developing economies, or the world as a whole.Take a look at the benefits that the United States reaps due to its position. Free trade has lowered the price […]

America’s Great Working-Class Colleges


The heyday of the colleges that serve America’s working class can often feel very long ago. It harks back to the mid-20th century, when City College of New York cost only a few hundred dollars a year and was known as the “Harvard of the proletariat.” Out West, California built an entire university system that was both accessible and excellent.

More recently, these universities have seemed to struggle, with unprepared students, squeezed budgets and high dropout rates. To some New Yorkers, “City College” is now mostly a byword for nostalgia.

It should not be.Yes, the universities that educate students from modest […]

Scapegoating globalization won’t solve economic woes

Finding a scapegoat for the prolonged global economic quagmire is easy, while coming up with practical solutions is not.

The current global economic situation is the result of a lack of new growth engines, inadequate global economic governance and uneven development. Obviously, these problems will never be solved by a shift away from globalization.

Economic globalization is a double-edged sword, but its benefits far outweigh the costs, whether for developed and developing economies, or the world as a whole.Take a look at the benefits that the United States reaps due to its position. Free trade has lowered the price of food, […]

Déjà vu All Over Again: The GOP Prepares to Make the Rich Even Richer


President-elect Donald Trump, his wife Melania and Vice president-elect Mike Pence, talk as they pose for photographers with House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis. after a meeting in the Speaker’s office on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. (Photo: AP/Alex Brandon) As the Republican Congress begins to execute its latest attack on poor and middle class Americans (the repeal of the Affordable Care Act; cuts in education spending, Social Security and Medicare; attacks on worker rights, and, of course, more tax cuts for the rich), it’s worth putting this assault in context.

The United States is, by every […]

Should Have Stuck With The Old Elites


After decades of growing inequality , our presidential election was a violent revolt against The Elites. So who the hell is actually trying to remedy that inequality frustrating our nation? The elites!

Not all elites. Only those who are currently the most despised.

Take Davos, for example. There is no easier symbol of The Motherfucking Elites in Their Bubble Sipping Champagne While the World Burns than Davos. Every year, the world’s power brokers gather in Davos and… sip champagne, probably, while giving speeches to one another. Indeed, were all of the attendees of Davos to be rounded up and forcibly taxed […]

Lessons from the populist revolt

United Kingdom – CAMBRIDGE – The election of Donald Trump in the United States and the triumph of Brexit in the United Kingdom – the two political earthquakes of 2016 – resulted from the failure of elites to grasp the discontent roiling politics in democracies around the world. The populist revolt marked the rejection of a technocratic approach to politics incapable of understanding the resentments of voters who feel the economy and the culture have left them behind.

Some denounce populism as little more than a racist, xenophobic reaction against immigrants and multiculturalism. Others view it as a protest against […]

Income Inequality in America: Social Mobility In an American Plutocracy

Income Inequality in America: Social Mobility In an American Plutocracy

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At Storytellers of New Jersey Income Inequality in America: Social Mobility In an American Plutocracy

Pin It The last two articles defined plutocracy and then how that with income inequality impacts the economy. Now, the immense divide in income inequality obstructs social mobility, destroying hopes for the American Dream.Michael Hiltzik of the Los Angeles Times reports, “Income inequality produces stagnating wages for middle- and working-class employees […] causing low growth and less employment […] which create obstacles to social mobility.” Social mobility is the ability for any citizen to move about the low, middle, and upper […]