Category Archives: Class

Charts of the day II: Student debt, Black burden

Student debt is yet another burden that falls disproportionately on America’s African American families, as evidenced in these charts from Less Debt, More Equity: Lowering Student Debt While Closing the Black-White Wealth Gap [PDF], a joint report from Demos and The Institute on Assets and Social Policy:


Headline of the day II: The view from abroad

Heading a must-read analysis from  Der Spiegel:

America’s Agitator: Donald Trump Is the World’s Most Dangerous Man

Donald Trump is the leader of a new, hate-filled authoritarian movement. Nothing would be more harmful to the idea of the West and world peace than if he were to be elected president. George W. Bush’s America would seem like a place of logic and reason in comparison.

Kochs desperately bidding to buy an election

And with lots and lots of cash.

From The Hill [emphasis added]:

The Koch brothers’ donor network spent close to $400 million last year, and is on its way to spending an unprecedented $889 million supporting right-wing politics and causes during the 2016 cycle.

On Saturday afternoon, the Koch network assembled 500 wealthy conservatives — its largest gathering ever — at a luxury resort near the foothills of Palm Springs’ Coachella Valley.

About 150 of the donors are first-time attendees, and the rest are paid-up members of the conservative donor network, which requires a minimum annual membership fee of $100,000.

Chart of the day: One percenters’ wealth tally

From “Veiled Repression: Mainstream Economics, Capital Theory, and the Distributions of Income and Wealth” [PDF], a paper by Lance Taylor, Arnhold Professor of International Cooperation and Development, New School for Social Research, for the Institute for New Economic Thinking:

Lance Taylor Veiled Repression 091215.pdf

The Empire Files: Calculated border deaths

The journalism skills of Abby Martin, who launched her career in television journalism at Berkeley Community Television, have continued to develop, becoming more impressive at each stage.

While her previous show at RT America, Breaking the Set, featured an ensemble crew, The Empire Files, her weekly show for teleSUR English, consists entirely of one-on-one interviews and documentaries.

Her latest episode is perhaps her finest broadcast yet, focusing on the U.S. government’s southern border policies, a set of practices calculated to kill, as she amply demonstrates.

Some of the most stunning footage show U.S. Border Patrol agents destroying water containers left in the desert by members of a church group because of the soaring death toll of would-be border crossers who die of dehydration in the fierce heat along the Arizona/Mexico border.

Another scene captured on video is the first-ever footage of what happens in the assembly line justice of an Arizona federal court where captured immigrants are sentenced to serve terms in for-profit prisons before sent back across the Mexican border. One of those sentenced pleads to serve out his term at a prison closer to the town where his two U.S.-born daughters live.

It’s a very powerful episode.

From The Empire Files:

The Empire Files: The Empire’s Border Part I – A Policy of Death

Program notes:

Along the southern border of the United States is a graveyard, where hundreds upon hundreds of human remains are waiting to be found in the sand. They are teenagers, mothers and spouses walking the only path available to them—away from poverty and violence: towards their families, the only place safer and easier to eat.

Join The Empire Files on-location to learn how Border Patrol has turned land into a weapon, to take the lives of our most vulnerable neighbors in Part 1 of this two-part series.

Chart of the day III: We suspect a correlation

From the Economic Policy Institute:

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Chart of the day II: A look at income inequality

And where does the U.S. rank among developed nations? Well, we’re nearly the most unequal, with only Turkey and Mexico ranked worse.

From INCOME INEQUALITY: The Gap between Rich and Poor [PDF], a report from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development:

Social Issues/Migration/Health (Main), Taxation, Economics, Education, Employment

Social Issues/Migration/Health (Main), Taxation, Economics, Education, Employment