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Most states shut down their debtors’ prisons more than 100 years ago; in 2005, Harpersville, Alabama, opened one back up.

Doctor

A major international commission probes the political origins of health inequities—and finds wealthy nations deserve much of the blame.

Elizabeth Warren

Senator Elizabeth Warren points out that reviving this old institution would provide basic services to millions of underserved Americans.

Dollar

A new Oxfam report warns of the dangers of global inequality.

David Brooks

The conservative NYT columnist steers the conversation away from economics and toward “behavioral” terrain.

Homelessness

Fifty years after LBJ declared a War on Poverty, the United States ranks near the bottom in childhood poverty among all developed nations.

Wall Street

There’s little support among the wealthiest Americans for policy reforms to reduce income inequality.

Pope Francis

Even non-believers can’t deny the inherent wisdom and clarity of the pontiff’s critique of the modern capitalist economy.

Baker

A long-term plan to renovate the American dream begins at the local level and scales up.

Blogs

Charlotte Hays’s “When Did White Trash Become the New Normal?” reveals a right that’s stopped masking its contempt for average Americans.

November 21, 2013

As the disparity between rich and poor has grown, so have gaps in life expectancy between counties, towns, and even neighborhoods. 

November 20, 2013

Democrats are now unified in extended the crucial benefits--will Republicans go along?

November 15, 2013

In a speech Tuesday the Massachusetts senator offered an indictment of the enforcers and lawmakers who have failed to rein in the financial system. 

November 13, 2013

Democrats need to embrace the senator’s populist policies and rhetoric.

November 12, 2013

The largest public school police department in the nation targets children who are as young as six years old. 

November 8, 2013

A socialist candidate wins significant support for a “Fund Human Needs, Fight Corporate Greed” message.

November 2, 2013

The richest 400 Americans are worth just over $2 trillion dollars, and yet we're still cutting food stamps.

November 1, 2013

It was early, but for a moment I thought I was reading something important in an ad in The New York Times. Someone was paying attention to our nation's teetering imbalance! (Not.)

October 25, 2013

We cannot have a functioning participatory democracy while eliminating jobs, imprisoning huge segments of our population, and saddling the next generation with mountains of student debt.

October 11, 2013