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Is Racism Actually in Decline?

by Dusty Sklar DESPITE THE RISE in white supremacist activity and the increased visibility of police violence against people of color, my impression is that non-whites are being accepted more and more by “mainstream” America as part of the fabric of our culture and economy. There are a number of signs pointing to that conclusion. […]

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Why We Can’t Afford the Rich

by Dusty Sklar Discussed in this essay: Why We Can’t Afford the Rich, by Andrew Sayer. Policy Press at the University of Bristol (reissued by Policy Press, c/o University of Chicago Press), paperback edition, 2016, 448 pages. WHO ARE THE RICH, and why can’t we afford them? It’s a long story, according to Andrew Sayer, […]

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OpEdge: A Putsch by the Super-Wealthy?

Was Ferdinand Lundberg Right? by Marc Jampole SINCE THE PUBLICATION of Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the 21st Century, the mainstream news media has been paying attention to the impact of the super-rich on the political system. We see a growing number of candidates for major offices who are multi-millionaires and billionaires without elective experience, such […]

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OpEdge: Two Agendas for America’s Future

by Marc Jampole WE’VE SEEN two agendas for America’s future released within a 24-hour period: the new Contract for America by New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio and Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren (in order of size of population represented), which they presented in Washington, D.C., and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s plan to grow […]

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Racial Equality Is Still a “Dream”

by Allan Lichtenstein The Negro today is not struggling for some abstract, vague rights, but for concrete and prompt improvement in his way of life. What will it profit him to be able to send his children to an integrated school if the family income is insufficient to buy them school clothes? What will he […]

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Is Inequality of Weath the Key Problem?

by Marc Jampole From the Autumn, 2014 issue of Jewish Currents Discussed in this essay: Capital in the Twenty-First Century by Thomas Piketty, translated from the French by Arthur Goldhammer. Belknap Press, 2014, 696 pages. A FEW YEARS BACK, when government debt trumped all other macroeconomic concerns in the news media, a fairly shoddy economic […]

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$7.25 Worth of National Shame

An Editorial From the Winter 2013-2014 issue of Jewish Currents   WHEN THE NEW YORK TIMES DEVOTES FOUR ENTIRE “JUMP PAGES” to a cover article about the horrible impact of homelessness on an 11-year-old African American girl and her family in New York, you know that the powers-that-be are at last realizing that a poverty […]

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Honoring the Golden Calf of Wall Street

The UJA-Federation Fetes Lloyd Blankfein and Judaism by George Salamon “GOLDMAN SACHS CEO Lloyd Blankfein should be hung by his thumbs in a public square.” So suggested Briton Ryle on February 20, 2013 in Wealth Daily, no hothead lefty rag, but a source of advice for money-making investments. Nevertheless, this past December 2nd, the crème […]

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