Income Inequality In U.S. Worse Than Ivory Coast, Pakistan , Ethiopia

By Zaid Jilani

As ThinkProgress has repeatedly noted, crucial services and public investments for Main Street America are being gutted as taxes on the richest Americans are the lowest they’ve been in a generation. Yet many Americans may not know exactly how unfair this is, as the country has grown increasingly unequal at the same time. Using data from the CIA Factbook based on the Gini coefficient — a measure of income inequality within a society — ThinkProgress has assembled information which demonstrates that the United States is now about as economically unequal as Uganda and more unequal than countries like Pakistan or the Ivory Coast.

Income inequality in the United States is actually higher than at any other time in modern history since the Great Depression. There is also a tremendous amount of inequality even in life expectancy, with the American Human Development Index reporting in 2010 that there is now a 6 year gap in average life expectancy between Mississippi , in the Deep South, and Connecticut , in prosperous New England .” As ThinkProgress previously reported, one of the major factors in this hike in income inequality has been the decline of unionization in America.



Tales of Wage Slavery

By: Wanda Waif

Working in retail can be challenging. Like anything else, some places are better, or worse than others. I have, during my employment history, experienced both.

Most recently, I held a part time position at the Binghamton K-Mart. From the very first day, it was a negative experience. Foolishly optimistic, I hoped it would improve over time. That didn’t turn out to be the case. Read the rest of this entry »

Random Acts of Resistance

By: The Recalcitrant Gourmet

Back in the 1960’s and 1970’s people took up acts of resistance, small and large, to protest the Viet Nam War, Civil Rights issues, Women’s Rights issues, Animal Right’s issues and Environmental Causes, just to name a few. These acts included: burning one’s draft card, dodging the draft, marching in the streets, teaching ‘banned’ books, sending dog or cat feces to the local draft board and any number of other acts that were illegal and/or socially verboten. Read the rest of this entry »

My America – My Union

By: Vincenzo Di Rosa

CWA Local 1111

My America is not a sweatshop, one bowl of rice, or a five dollar day.

My America is a living wage.

My Union gave that to me.

My America is not a breadline, a soup kitchen, an unemployment check.

My America is job security and a contract.

My Union gave that to me.

My America is not a lost eye, a broken back, a foot, a hand.

My America is a safe workplace.

My Union gave that to me.

My America is not a plastic thing, a disposable nothing from somewhere.

My America is quality, integrity, and permanence.

My Union gave that to me.

My America is not a call on the carpet, a closed door,

One voice unheard.

My America is equality and representation.

My Union gave that to me.

My America is our America.

My America is Our Union.

We are United, Defiant, and Strong

Privatization and Monopoly of Dialysis Services in Broome County

By: The Recalcitrant Gourmet

Back in 1972 (under Nixon) Congress authorized comprehensive Medicare coverage for patients dealing with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD): dialysis and transplantation. Some consider this as close as the United States has come to some form of universal healthcare. The initial price tag was $135 million. This newly expanded coverage was expected to assist approximately 11,000 individuals. Now the United States spends approximately $20 billion annually, on dialysis alone, for the nearly 400,000 patients who would most likely die without the treatment. This is more money than any other industrialized nation and the number of patients is increasing yearly. Yet, like other aspects of the US’s healthcare system, the money spent does not give us better outcomes: we lead the industrialized world in mortality. Furthermore, this ideal of universal healthcare has consistently been under attacked by corporate America, as Socialist (meant to be a dirty-word). During their decades long blitzkrieg of privatization, both the Democrats and the Republicans, have enthusiastically supported the corporate for-profit power grab: with the exception of Medicare. Now that too, is under constant attack from the über-rich. Read the rest of this entry »

The Democratic Socialist Alternative to Capitalism

by James Petras

For over 150 years socialism has been recognized as the principle alternative to capitalism. Facing declining living standards, rising unemployment and underemployment, massive foreclosures of home mortgages, endless wars of oppression and domestic decay, more and more people are raising the demand for an alternative.

More than ever the socio-economic conditions are ripe to bring about a socialist transformation. Read the rest of this entry »

Family Dairying and the Dairy Establishment

We all need to eat wholesome food, while farmers need to make a “living income”, just as the rest of working people need to make a “living wage”. Too many of us, farmers and consumers, are struggling to survive – while a precious few live high on the hog.  How can we change this broken and savage system, and who are the agents of the changes that we need? More to the point, who is blocking change? Read the rest of this entry »