Tag Archives: Income Inequality

Ryan to the Rescue

A curious news story got buried this week, one that seemed to signal a shift in American politics, but that’s understandable. In Gaza, the Israelis are rolling on, intent on wiping out Hamas and smashing everything in sight, and most … Continue reading

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The Agony of Having It All

The Occupy Wall Street crowd, that introduced America to the concept of the One Percent who had it all, and want to keep it all, and use their vast wealth to make sure they keep it all, by buying the … Continue reading

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The Possibility of Pitchforks

There was a time of massive income inequality in America when no one was mad at the rich, because they kept to themselves, or else they were the nation’s entertainment. The Gilded Age – roughly 1890 through the First World … Continue reading

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Making Do When Things Are Worse Than Ever

Yes, a Masters from Duke University in Eighteenth Century British Literature, and the PhD work, are pretty useless – at least they were in the mid-seventies. That led to a Dead Poet’s Society gig at a northeastern prep school, but … Continue reading

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Shaking Up Everything Now

Oligarchy – that’s the word. That’s because of that new book – Capital in the Twenty-First Century – which Paul Krugman calls the most important economics book of the year, and maybe of the decade. Krugman finds that he agrees with the author, the … Continue reading

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Structural Impediments

Live and learn. Teaching was fine, but the pay was awful and teaching wasn’t the half of it. There was careful preparation and planning, which for English teachers involves far more than daily lesson plans. Novels and poems and plays … Continue reading

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That Dangerous Book

Let’s go back to 1922 – the year the Teapot Dome Scandal broke and Warren G. Harding turned on the first radio in the White House, ever. Out here, that was the year the Hollywood Bowl opened, and the year … Continue reading

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