Wozzeck at New York's Metropolitan Opera: Alban Berg's opera on the tragic fate of an impoverished soldier
wsws.org | 2020-01-16
Wozzeck's depiction of the impact of war and inequality on the lives of the poor is timelier than ever.
UK energy costs soar, leaving millions of households in fuel poverty
wsws.org | 2020-01-16
Rapidly increasing energy costs and low income have forced many working class households to choose between eating and heating.
Democrats Debate Wealth Tax, Free Public College & Student Debt Relief as Part of New Economic Plan
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-15
At Tuesday's Democratic debate, former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg repeated his criticism of plans for tuition-free public college and wiping out student debt, supported by both Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders. Activist and Truthout contributor Alexis Goldstein says the dispute highlights a philosophical split within the Democratic Party. "We essentially have a disagreement between the progressive candidates and the moderate candidates about whether or not we want to pursue a universal benefit for higher education and make it a public good, much in the way that K-12 education is treated as a public good,"
People Want a Wealth Tax, but Many Politicians Oppose It
Staff | therealnews.com | 2020-01-15
Democratic presidential candidates Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders are practically the only major politicians supporting a wealth tax to reduce inequality and fund government programs, even though polling shows nearly two-thirds of Americans support it.
Biden's Unexamined List of High-Powered Fundraisers
Eleanor Eagan | counterpunch.org | 2020-01-15
'Twas the Friday after Christmas, when all through the land, not a person was working, the computers unmanned. The children were nestled all snug in their beds, while Joe Biden released the names of the wealthy and well-connected volunteers who are fundraising for his campaign. These fundraisers, otherwise known as bundlers, have all brought in…
The Secret Behind How Billionaires Make Obscene Amounts of Money
Staff | truthdig.com | 2020-01-15
As Ray Charles wailed in a song of true-life blues: "Them that's got is them that gets/And I ain't got nothin' yet." | While the workaday majority of Americans continue to be mired in our low-wage economy, the precious few at the tippy-top soared out of sight in 2019. They started the year already wallowing in wealth. By year's end, the 500 richest people saw their total haul increase by an average of $2.4-billion each. | Indeed, some needed bulldozers to bank their increased wealth. | M…
Brazil: From Lula to Bolsonaro
Eric Toussaint | globalresearch.ca | 2020-01-15
I arrived in Sao Paulo, the financial and economic capital of Brazil, on the night of 14 November 2019. The city has over 12 million inhabitants. In all the districts I visited poverty is flagrant. You see homeless people living …
The Science of (Not) Ending Global Poverty
Aparna Gopalan | thenation.com | 2020-01-15
The 2019 Nobel Prize winners in economics represent a new strain of neoliberal thought.
Study Shows Being Rich Buys 9 Extra Years of 'Healthy' Living in US and UK
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-01-15
A new study that highlights the serious impacts of wealth inequality in the United Kingdom and United States suggests that being rich can add about nine "healthy" years to a person's life. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/gettyimages-200469788-0011.jpg …
Poverty Is the New Draft
Staff | therealnews.com | 2020-01-14
The draft might be gone, but not everyone volunteers for the same reasons. Inconsistent access to education, healthcare, or housing means marginalized communities are systemically pushed into military service to gain those benefits–especially poor students.
SPLC Statement on the Detainment of Iranians and Iranian Americans
splcenter.org | 2020-01-06
The following statement is by Southern Poverty Law Center Interim President and CEO Karen Baynes-Dunning following reports that Iranians and Iranian Americans are being detained and questioned at U.S. ports of entry:…