Trains are my favorite method of travel, and Amtrak has given us another reason to feel good about riding the rails. Directly reaching out to one of our nation’s most underserved populations, by 2015 Amtrak wants at least a quarter of its workers to be military veterans.
In our nation the myth continues to be perpetuated that if you work hard, anyone can get rich; which inherently implies that if you are not rich, clearly you just have not worked hard enough. Comedian Jon Stewart highlights just how ludicrous this flawed ethos truly is.
Earlier this month Noam Chomsky published an incisive essay entitled: “Plutonomy & the Precariat: On the History of the U.S. Economy in Decline*, which elucidates how the extreme concentration of wealth with the 1% has transpired because our country no longer manufactures actual things — bankers, stock brokers and financiers simply manipulate the idea of money. The United States has mutated into a vastly economically stratified oligarchy, 99% of whom have almost no political power or influence in our nation’s “democracy”.
The British Guardian has just published a fascinating interactive map which plots out where violence has taken place in the last week, in relation to the regions in England where poverty and unemployment are the most severe. Data journalist Matt Stiles took the newspaper’s data on economic poverty, and all the information available about the recent riot incidents, and overlaid the two together. The darker red colors represent poorer neighborhoods, while the blue areas highlight the richer regions. A correlation does not equal a causation, but this data map is definitely a wake up call.
As the angry riots continue to rage on in England, on this side of the pond we are trying to understand why this is happening. It is difficult to comprehend the many factors that have contributed to these violent uprisings after the murder of a 29 year old black man named Mark Duggan. These destructive incidents have been called everything from a class war and egregious opportunistic theft, to the beginning of a popular revolution.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are over 31 million people presently unemployed; and from the economic desperation that I have seen around this nation, those seem like very conservative estimates. This is a very disturbing animation of just how rampantly unemployment has spread across the United States in […]
The greater the disparity in wealth between the very rich and everyone else, the more unstable an economy becomes. Our nation has now created a larger gap in the distribution of wealth than the massive chasm that helped fuel the Great Depression.
There’s more than $50 billion coming your way, Californians! That’s the amount that the California Budget Project expects the State and its residents to receive. The goal is the creation of 400,000 jobs, many of them “green jobs”. The funding comes none too soon, since California’s unemployment rate hit 10.5% in February. But how will […]