The Land of Too Much

American Abundance and the Paradox of Poverty

Author: Monica Prasad

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 0674067819

Category: Social Science

Page: 270

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Monica Prasad’s powerful demand-side hypothesis addresses three questions: Why does the United States have more poverty than any other developed country? Why did it experience an attack on state intervention in the 1980s, known today as the neoliberal revolution? And why did it recently suffer the greatest economic meltdown in seventy-five years?

Poverty and Power

The Problem of Structural Inequality

Author: Edward Royce

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1442238097

Category: Social Science

Page: 392

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Poverty and Power asserts that American poverty is a structural problem resulting from failings in our social system rather than individual failings of the poor. Contrary to the popular belief that poverty results from individual deficiencies—that poor people lack intelligence, determination, or skills—author Edward Royce introduces students to the very real structural issues that stack the balance of power in the United States. The book introduces four systems that contribute to inequality in the U.S.—economic, political, cultural, and structural—then discusses ten institutional problems that make life difficult for the poor and contribute to the persistence of poverty. Throughout the book, the author compares individualistic and structural approaches to poverty to assess strengths and limitations of each view. The second edition of this provocative book has been revised throughout with new statistical information, as well as analysis of the recent recession, the Obama presidency, increasing political polarization, the rise of the Tea Party and appearance of the Occupy Movement, new anti-poverty movements, and more.

Plutocracy in America

How Increasing Inequality Destroys the Middle Class and Exploits the Poor

Author: Ronald P. Formisano

Publisher: JHU Press

ISBN: 1421417413

Category: History

Page: 272

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The growing gap between the most affluent Americans and the rest of society is changing the country into one defined—more than almost any other developed nation—by exceptional inequality of income, wealth, and opportunity. This book reveals that an infrastructure of inequality, both open and hidden, obstructs the great majority in pursuing happiness, living healthy lives, and exercising basic rights. A government dominated by finance, corporate interests, and the wealthy has undermined democracy, stunted social mobility, and changed the character of the nation. In this tough-minded dissection of the gulf between the super-rich and the working and middle classes, Ronald P. Formisano explores how the dramatic rise of income inequality over the past four decades has transformed America from a land of democratic promise into one of diminished opportunity. Since the 1970s, government policies have contributed to the flow of wealth to the top income strata. The United States now is more a plutocracy than a democracy. Formisano surveys the widening circle of inequality’s effects, the exploitation of the poor and the middle class, and the new ways that predators take money out of Americans’ pockets while passive federal and state governments stand by. This data-driven book offers insight into the fallacy of widespread opportunity, the fate of the middle class, and the mechanisms that perpetuate income disparity.

Making the Modern American Fiscal State

Law, Politics, and the Rise of Progressive Taxation, 1877-1929

Author: Ajay K. Mehrotra

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107043921

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 432

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Making the Modern American Fiscal State chronicles the rise of the US system of direct and progressive taxation.

Witnesses to the Struggle

Imaging the 1930s California Labor Movement

Author: Anne Loftis

Publisher: University of Nevada Press

ISBN: 9780874173055

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 239

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Examines the relationship between art and journalism in the 1930s, and discusses how intellectuals strove to be relevant during this trying time by using their own involvement in labor struggles to influence their art.


Author: Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employees

Publisher: N.A


Category: Railroads

Page: N.A

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