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Working class news and analysis from The Nation
July 11, 2017
The Debate Democrats Can’t Duck
The populist temper of the time is rousing citizens across the country. Politics as usual won’t suffice anymore.
Katrina vanden Heuvel
July 3, 2017
We Are the 99 Percent—Except for the Top 20 Percent of Us
In a new book, Richard V. Reeves argues that members of the upper middle class, not just the ultra-wealthy, are making our society profoundly unequal.
June 22, 2017
Why Are America’s Suburbs Becoming Poorer?
Contrary to popular perception, it’s not just because poor people are moving out of the cities.
June 16, 2017
Systemic Racism Couldn’t Care Less About Your Respectability Politics
What could not save Philando Castile, Jordan Edwards or Richard Collins III is the same thing that I have been told would save me, a young black college student: respectability.
June 13, 2017
Donald Trump Might Set a Record—for the Biggest Decline of American Power in History
When the Trump years come to an end, will the United States be a pariah nation?
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May 30, 2017
Who Did Andrew Cuomo Leave Out of His ‘Tuition-Free’ Plan? Undocumented Students.
The majority of CUNY students take classes part-night or at night, making it virtually impossible to cross the 30 credit threshold.
May 24, 2017
These Missouri Students Were Suspended for Defending Their Teachers’ Union
The students’ suspensions became a bargaining chip that forced teachers to forgo contract negotiations. But the students want to keep fighting.
May 23, 2017
Is Banning Child Labor Really That Controversial?
Child labor can’t be outlawed by fiat—it needs to be defeated by economic empowerment for whole communities.
May 19, 2017
It’s Time for the Government to Give Everyone a Job
A new plan from CAP is a promising first step.
May 16, 2017
The Workers Who Answer Your Customer-Service Calls
The worsening conditions at offshore call centers has become a central part of AT&T workers’ fight for workplace justice.