Inequality

Salt Lake City Offers Glimpse of Socialism, Mormon-Style

Salt Lake City Offers Glimpse of Socialism, Mormon-Style

Kathleen McLaughlin

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Co-published with The Guardian. Utah has one of the nation’s lowest rates of income inequality in part because of the Church of Latter-day Saints’ welfare system, but it also ranks dead last for economic equality for women.

Retirement Should Not Mean Hardship – But Many Older Americans Live in Poverty

Retirement Should Not Mean Hardship – But Many Older Americans Live in Poverty

Katherine Newman

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Co-published with The Guardian. As inequality has grown, American seniors have been exposed to financial distress in ways that often go unnoticed.

A Promise Unfulfilled: Water Pipeline Stops Short for Sioux Reservation

A Promise Unfulfilled: Water Pipeline Stops Short for Sioux Reservation

Seth Tupper

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Co-published with The Guardian. After 25 years and a half-billion dollars, only half of the project’s water delivered to Pine Ridge Reservation comes from the Missouri Riverunlike supplies for white ranchers.

Honey Bees, Worker Bees, and the Economic Violence of Land Grabs

Honey Bees, Worker Bees, and the Economic Violence of Land Grabs

Melissa Chadburn

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Co-published with Longreads. Melissa Chadburn challenges her own belief that environmental justice issues are reserved for people of privilege.

The Crisis in Covering Indian Country

The Crisis in Covering Indian Country

Jenni Monet

ANALYSIS

Co-published with Columbia Journalism Review. There is no beat in the American legacy press devoted solely to covering the country’s 573 tribal nations. But there should be—and it should be assigned to an Indigenous journalist.

Teachers, EMTs, Firefighters and Other American Heroes Deserve a Tax Break

Teachers, EMTs, Firefighters and Other American Heroes Deserve a Tax Break

David Wallis

ANALYSIS

Co-published with The Washington Post. Such a policy would increase retention of public servants, boost morale and serve as a ladder to millions of people who keep us safe, teach our kids and heal our wounds.

‘Middle Class’ Once Meant Stability and Now Means Fragility

‘Middle Class’ Once Meant Stability and Now Means Fragility

Alissa Quart

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Co-published with The San Francisco Chronicle. The meaning of middle-class life has altered from something stable to implied economic fragility.

From Academic to Assembly Line Worker: My Life of Precarity in Middle America

From Academic to Assembly Line Worker: My Life of Precarity in Middle America

Gloria Diaz

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Co-published with In These Times. This wasn’t the life I had envisioned for myself: part blue-collar worker, part professional, unable to fit in fully in either realm. I wonder if a piecemeal living of part-time work, no benefits and looming student loans is as good as it will get.

Middle-Class Shame Will Decide Where America Is Headed

Middle-Class Shame Will Decide Where America Is Headed

Alissa Quart

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Co-published with The New York Times. Who can appeal to the people who feel the most like they’ve gotten a raw deal?

Not all senior citizens need discounts. But all low-income people do.

Not all senior citizens need discounts. But all low-income people do.

David Wallis

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Co-published with The Washington Post. If we really want to live in a world where such price cuts are useful, then we must reconsider whom they help.

Net Worth v Self Worth: Do We All Need Inequality Therapy?

Net Worth v Self Worth: Do We All Need Inequality Therapy?

Maia Szalavitz

CULTURE

Co-published with The Guardian. Inequality isn’t just changing the way we deal with economics – it’s perversely altering how we see ourselves and what we value.

MeToo's Hidden Activists? Working-Class Women

MeToo's Hidden Activists? Working-Class Women

Alissa Quart

CULTURE

Co-published with The Guardian. Janitors and fast-food workers, not celebrities, are ground zero of the MeToo movement. Time to shift the focus to them.

How Economic Anxiety Could Help Reshape America for the Better

How Economic Anxiety Could Help Reshape America for the Better

Alissa Quart

CULTURE

Co-published with The Guardian. Today’s economic uncertainty can motivate people to change their allegiances and sensibilities.