Life in the Unemployment Capital of America
We live at time when the abstracted, deceitful big-picture commands the attention of the political authority over the tender, devastating small-pictures. In certain senses, our economy is improving, but we ought not ignore the tragedies that still exist within it. This article is important, I think, because it serves as a reminder that so many people are being left behind in ways that are truly reprehensible. Danielle Kurtzleben tells a powerful story of people simply trying to be while living in a city in southwest U.S. with an unemployment rate of over 28%.
Corporate tax avoidance and development: opening Pandora’s box
Maya Forstater spells out the why the $ 1 trillion corruption number and other “killer facts” in development finance are inaccurate and misleading. For example, while the most well-known and well-used killer fact that developing countries lose three times more from tax avoidance than they gain in aid, picking the numbers apart, Forstater finds that the estimates actually indicate that in general large, rapidly growing economies are losing more to international tax avoidance than smaller poor countries gain in aid. This tells us very little about the significance of these figures to either group of countries. Forstater warns that not taking numbers seriously puts those concerned with development at risk of conveying misunderstandings, missing chances for constructive engagement, and ultimately risking advocating for poor policy.
In States Voting on Minimum Wage, Even Critics Sound Like Supporters
Despite Republican obstruction to minimum wage increases at the federal and state level, propositions to increase the minimum wage found their way onto the ballot in four red states in last Tuesday’s election. Steven Greenhouse analyzes the political, cultural, and economic hurdles that the raise the wage campaign has overcome to get there.
5 Facts About How America Is Rigged for a Massive Wealth Transfer to the Rich
So, this doesn’t actually deliver on an analysis of how the system is rigged to transfer wealth to the rich, but it does illustrate just how well those making financial wealth are doing despite the “financial crisis.” It also makes a case for the financial transaction tax (a.k.a. Tobin Tax, a.k.a. Robin Hood Tax). Plus, who doesn’t love a single-digit listicle?
Hollaback and Why Everyone Needs Better Research Methods And Why All Data Needs Theory
Last week, Hollaback! released a video cut from 10 hours a woman walking through New York with a hidden camera. The video caused an uproar, first for its exposition of the prevalence of street harrassment, then for its selective methodology.