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Being a poor mother in the United States today means reusing diapers and struggling to afford food. But House Republicans think they have it too easy.

George Packer

The Unwinding is a fine-grained account of economic collapse that runs aground on causeless abstractions.

unemployment line

How corporate America used the Great Recession to turn good jobs into bad ones. 

Turkey processing plant in North Carolina

The state’s unprecedented cuts to benefits for the jobless are leaving families stranded without money for food, transportation and housing.

Johann Gottlieb Fichte undertook a pure search for truth. He also distrusted international markets. Does that make him an ancestor to anti-globalization activists?

foreclosed home

The landscape of Wall Street’s creative destruction.

Child care workers in New Jersey

Women who care for poor kids are often mothers living in poverty themselves.

Larry Summers

His appointment as next chair of the Federal Reserve would be a clear sign that narrow financial interests are still in charge of the Democratic Party.

Lawrence Summers

Appointing Summers to head the Federal Reserve would only rub salt in the wounds of the disappearing middle class.

Friedrich Hayek and colleagues, 1950

Angus Burgin revisits Friedrich Hayek’s Mont Pelerin Society in The Great Persuasion.

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Politicians from President Obama to Republican leaders are introducing legislation aimed at fixing the challenge of balancing family and careers.

July 23, 2013

Rightwingers are using Detroit's fiscal crisis—much like they did in New York in 1975—to undermine the social safety net.

July 21, 2013

Under the sequester, only one in four eligible families receives rental assistance vouchers—and waiting lists are growing.

July 19, 2013

Bankruptcy will dramatically alter Detroit's future. Yet, Michigan’s governor seeks it without consulting the voters.

July 18, 2013

With unions in crisis, alternative labor groups have seen explosive growth. Without automatic dues deduction, how should they pay the bills?

July 17, 2013

Recent votes on food stamps reveal that Congress is pummeling low-income people with increasing ferocity. What can be done to confront and change this cruelty and shortsightedness?

July 15, 2013

A new documentary from Bill Moyers and Frontline follows two families for twenty-two years as they struggle to attain the American Dream.

July 9, 2013

Until men are also expected to take time away from work to be with children, workers of both genders face a vicious cycle.

July 8, 2013

If we wanted to end poverty we could.  Here are some groups you can get involved with that are leading the way.

July 5, 2013

Think sequestration isn’t having much of an effect? Check out the impact on food and hunger programs in the US and abroad.

July 3, 2013