1

If You’re Low-Income, America Is Still an Oligarchy

The U.S. isn’t an oligarchy after all. At least that’s the argument in a recent article by Vox’s Dylan Matthews. Matthews cites new research finding that the rich and middle class agree on about 90 percent of bills that come before the United States Congress. He adds: That leaves only 185 bills on which the rich and the middle class disagree… …on these 185 …

1

Why Poor White Males Are the Core of Trump’s Support

This is not hard to understand. Wages for working class white males peaked in 1968, forty-eight years ago. Coincidentally, I was born 1968. I am not young. For their entire working lives, conditions for working class males have been getting worse. “Free trade” has not worked for them. China joined the WTO in 2000. So, for damn near 48 years, poor whites …

middle age suicides

Austerity Seen as Culprit in Sharp Rise in Suicide Rate Among Middle-Aged People

I’m surprised, but perhaps I shouldn’t be, that a recent study hasn’t gotten the attention it warrants. It points to a direct connection between the impact of the crisis and a marked increase in suicide rates among the middle aged. This link seems entirely logical, given how many citizens found themselves whacked by a one-two punch of job loss or …