From Salon, Michael Lind on the tax breaks that ate America: The greatest threat to the U.S. economy is not creeping socialism — it's creeping subsidism; and that sound you hear is the social fabric about to snap — here's what the federal government can do about the jobs crisis. A modern safety net: We need to update our social contract for the real lives of working families in a brutal economy. A review of Poverty, Justice, and Western Political Thought by Sharon K. Vaughan. From Cato Unbound, Will Wilkinson on economic inequality and the mirage of injustice. Don't know nothing about poverty: Economic voodoo can't make income inequality go away. David Runciman reviews The Spirit Level: Why More Equal Societies Almost Always Do Better by Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett. Have the very wealthy achieved victory in their class-war? A new theory on fairness in economics targets CEO pay. From Dissent, Linda Gordon how the New Deal was a good idea — we should try it this time; and Peter Edelman on welfare and the poorest of the poor. Mis-measuring poverty: In recent years, there has been a growing effort to revamp our poverty definition. Putting poverty in its place: Neighborhood-based approaches can succeed, if they're part of a broader urban strategy. Race, wealth, and intergenerational poverty: There will never be a post-racial America if the wealth gap persists. Don't forget the men: Why has helping the single, childless workers become the darling of poverty policy? Give me your tired, your poor, your big fat asses: Does poverty make people obese, or is it the other way around?

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