We’re poorer than our parents

Gottfried Schweiger (Salzburg): Poverty and Critique in the Modern Working Society (“Poverty is not only a failure of distribution of income but that it is a state of humiliation”). The introduction to The Workplace Constitution from the New Deal to the New Right by Sophia Z. Lee. Peter Cole on the Right’s working-class philosopher: Eric Hoffer was a conservative who only had the time to write because he was represented by a powerful leftist union. Livia Gershon on Tesla Motors and the “Great American Jobs Scam”. Dan Clawson and Naomi Gerstel on how unpredictable schedules inflicted on workers are wrecking people's lives. Whatever happened to overtime? It’s one reason we’re poorer than our parents, and Obama could fix it — without Congress. David Leonhardt on the great wage slowdown of the 21st century. Starvation wages: William Finnegan on how fast-food workers are forcing progress on the minimum wage. Kathryn Edin and Luke Shaefer on the truth about food stamps: They work and help millions. Poor kids who do everything right don’t do better than rich kids who do everything wrong. Education alone is not the answer to income inequality and slow recovery: If everyone in America got a PhD, the job market would not be transformed. Emmanuel Saez and Gabriel Zucman on exploding wealth inequality in the United States. Bryce Covert on how everyone in America would be better off if we soaked the rich. The question of redistribution is coming, and we need to be ready when it does. Dylan Matthews on how giving everyone a basic income would work for the same reasons Social Security does. Matt Zwolinski on the pragmatic libertarian case for a Basic Income Guarantee. Matt Bruenig on the actual way to beat poverty. Guess who’s losing faith in the American Dream? Everyone.