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The United States of Inequality

From Gawker, Hamilton Nolan on The United States of Inequality and on income inequality vs. wealth inequality; and Vann R. Newkirk on the rise (and rise) of suburban poverty. Karen Narefsky on the suburbanization of the US working class. Lauren Kirchner interviews Cynthia M. Duncan on poverty and politics in rural America. Matt Bruenig on how too few people are on food stamps. This powerful Reddit thread reveals how the poor get by in America. Bryce Covert on the workers caring for our elderly while living in poverty. Emily Badger on the terrible loneliness of growing up poor in Robert Putnam’s America: “Life is not something you do, it’s something you endure” (and more and more). Most of America’s rich think the poor have it easy. Inequality sustains itself by generating an ideology which favours the rich; this might sound like classic Marxism, which it is — but it is also orthodox social science. How poor are America’s poor, really? The average American household was poorer in 2013 than it was in 1983. Who’s poor? Amy Crawford on how it depends how you measure it. Lynn Parramore interviews Lance Taylor on inequality. The war on the War on Poverty: Michael A. Cooper on how North Carolina conservatives are ousting the state's anti-poverty advocates. Knowledge isn’t power: Paul Krugman on why education isn’t the answer to inequality. Is income inequality harmful? Lane Kenworthy investigates. Jill Lepore on why inequality persists in America. Will 2015 be the year people actually do something about income inequality? Grace Wyler wants to know.