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Poverty and Economic Inequality



Poverty and economic inequality are multidimensional, chronic, and debilitating systemic problems. While they are the products of deliberate economic policies made by those in power, they are often falsely treated as the personal failings of individuals within an otherwise healthy system. Poverty describes the inability to meet basic food, clothing, and shelter needs, while economic inequality describes the larger pattern of a persistent unequal distribution of wealth within a society or country. Those suffering from poverty or economic inequality are at a perpetual disadvantage to improve their economic stability due to the limited or unjust environmental, educational, judicial, and healthcare resources that are the intended or unintended consequences of political decisions.

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Wealth Gap: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

John Oliver discusses America's growing wealth gap and why it may be a problem in the future.

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Blaming the Victim

The classic work that refutes the lies we tell ourselves about race, poverty and the poor. Here are three myths about poverty in America: – Minority children perform poorly in school because they are “culturally deprived.

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America’s Moral Malady

The nation’s problem isn’t that we don’t have enough money. It’s that we don’t have the moral capacity to face what ails society.

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FindCenterIt’s all right to tell a man to lift himself by his own bootstraps, but it is cruel jest to say to a bootless man that he ought to lift himself by his own bootstraps.

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We Need to Talk about an Injustice | Bryan Stevenson

In an engaging and personal talk—with cameo appearances from his grandmother and Rosa Parks—human rights lawyer Bryan Stevenson shares some hard truths about America’s justice system, starting with a massive imbalance along racial lines: a third of the country’s black male population has been...

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The Real Wealth of Nations

The great problems of our time such as poverty, inequality, war, terrorism, and environmental degradation are due in part to our flawed economic models that set the wrong priorities and misallocate resources.

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How Wealth Creates Poverty

This equating of money with wealth and wealth with wellbeing is misplaced on multiple counts. Money does not reflect nature’s wealth or people’s wealth, and it definitely fails to measure the wellbeing of society.

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FindCenterJustice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are.

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How Economic Inequality Harms Societies - Richard Wilkinson

We feel instinctively that societies with huge income gaps are somehow going wrong. Richard Wilkinson charts the hard data on economic inequality, and shows what gets worse when rich and poor are too far apart: real effects on health, lifespan, even such basic values as trust.

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Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents

In this brilliant book, Isabel Wilkerson gives us a masterful portrait of an unseen phenomenon in America as she explores, through an immersive, deeply researched narrative and stories about real people, how America today and throughout its history has been shaped by a hidden caste system, a rigid...

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