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The South Has the Fastest-Growing Economies and the Least Economic Mobility for the Poor


Atlanta (Source: Wikimedia Commons) The South is booming from an economic standpoint. For proof of this, one need only look at cities such as Atlanta , Austin, Charlotte, Dallas, Orlando and Raleigh to understand there is a new South. Of the 20 cities listed on Forbes’ “fastest-growing cities in 2016” list, eight are in the South. Despite this reality, poor people in the South are not sharing in this growth. It is in Dixie — the former Confederacy, the Jim Crow states — where children have the toughest chance of getting ahead. This is where people have the lowest […]

The Dream Hoarders: How America’s Top 20 Percent Perpetuates Inequality

The Dream Hoarders: How America

Editor’s Note : This essay is an edited excerpt from Dream Hoarders: How the American Upper Middle Class Is Leaving Everyone Else in the Dust, Why That Is a Problem, and What to Do About It.

In January 2015, Barack Obama suffered an acute political embarrassment. A proposal from the budget he’d sent to Congress was dead on arrival—but it was the president himself who killed it.

The idea was sensible, simple, and progressive. Remove the tax benefits from 529 college saving plans, which disproportionately help affluent families, and use the money to help fund a broader, fairer system of […]

The Devastating Effects of Dental Inequality in America


That our teeth are in our heads seems natural, though the location is something of a liability. The trouble starts with tooth decay, which permits the usually harmless bacteria in our mouths to enter the spongy, supportive core of the tooth (the “pulp”). Something untoward can then unfold. The germs proliferate, white blood cells amass, pus accumulates, and a dental abscess is born. Hence the liability: It’s not good to have all this happening so close to one’s brain.

An untreated dental abscess can invade the tissues of the head and chest. It can infect and clot the veins of […]

Fraying social fabric hurting nation’s economy, Sen. Mike Lee says


Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

File – Senator Mike Lee speaks at a Rally in Draper Utah, at the American Preparatory Academy Saturday, March 19, 2016. Many Americans — poor, middle class and wealthy — feel that something is amiss in society that can’t be reduced to economic anxiety but relates more to a sense that nation’s social fabric is fraying, Sen. Mike Lee said. SALT LAKE CITY — Many Americans — poor, middle class and wealthy — feel that something is amiss in society that can’t be reduced to economic anxiety but relates more to a sense that nation’s […]

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Working Class Has the Blues, and Elites Lack Answers


(Bloomberg View) — With Brexit and the election of Donald Trump, there’s a widespread belief that populism is on the rise in the developed world. Writers and thinkers darkly warn of a crisis if elites don’t accede to the demands — explicit or assumed — of the working class .

As I wrote in a previous post , it’s very hard to define whom to consider part of the elite. That makes it difficult to establish a target for popular anger, and it means that no one knows who, exactly, is expected to respond to the masses’ demands. But there’s […]

Working Class Has the Blues, and Elites Lack Answers


With Brexit and the election of Donald Trump, there’s a widespread belief that populism is on the rise in the developed world. Writers and thinkers darkly warn of a crisis if elites don’t accede to the demands — explicit or assumed — of the working class .

As I wrote in a previous post , it’s very hard to define whom to consider part of the elite. That makes it difficult to establish a target for popular anger, and it means that no one knows who, exactly, is expected to respond to the masses’ demands. But there’s another, related problem […]

It wasn’t the economy, but racism and xenophobia, that explains Trump’s rise.


Ron Sachs/Pool via Getty Images The evidence just keeps growing: It wasn’t simply the economy that led to Donald Trump’s rise. Instead, another survey has confirmed that racism and xenophobia were much bigger factors.

The new survey , by the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) for the Atlantic , focused on white working-class voters (those without a college education or salaried jobs), who were part of the key demographic behind Trump’s rise. It looked at how much of their support for Trump correlated with, among other factors, “fears about cultural displacement” — a polite way of describing fears of […]

The author of Rise of the Creative Class is grappling with its dark side


ehpien Georgetown is one of Washington DC’s most expensive neighborhoods. No one has done more to promote the return of educated professionals to cities than Richard Florida. In his 2002 classic The Rise of the Creative Class , Florida argued that “creative class” professionals like engineers, artists, architects, and college professors held the key to revitalizing America’s cities. He encouraged cities to cater to the tastes of these creative professionals by developing walkable urban neighborhoods well-served by transit and with ample amenities.

Florida’s predictions have come true even more quickly than he expected. “I would have never predicted that this […]

Talking Policy: Sheri Berman on the French Election


As the final round of the French presidential election between Marine Le Pen of the National Front and Emmanuel Macron of En Marche approaches, many are curious as to how the results will reflect wider political trends in Europe and beyond. Sheri Berman, a professor of political science at Barnard College, Columbia University has written on political history, democracy, and globalization in 20th-century Europe. World Policy Journal spoke with Berman, who reflected on what makes current European politics particular to the region and which historical lessons we may look to today to improve Europe’s economic and social conditions.

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