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Extreme Inequality

The Big Idea for Thursday, October 10, 2013

In today's lesson, the journalist Sasha Abramsky details the expansion of poverty into "corners of the country that didn't experience it in previous decades."

In an interview with Jeff Schechtman on Specific Gravity, Abramsky says that the type of poverty that we are seeing not only in rural and urban areas - but spread throughout suburbia as well, is "a direct result of choices made or not made politically."

And so as Congress debates policies today - whether it is food stamps or head start - that impact the growing number of people living on the margins, Schechtman asks Abramsky if we need a new "war on poverty" today. 

 

Perspectives

  1. 1 A New Kind of Poverty, Turbo-Charged by Inequality
    Big Think Editors Specific Gravity
  2. 2 Why Do Americans Tolerate Extreme Wealth Inequality?
    Steven Mazie Praxis
  3. 3 The One Economic Policy America Truly Needs
    Daniel Altman Econ201
  4. 4 What the Fortunate Owe the Rest of Us
    Steven Mazie Praxis
 

Extreme Inequality

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