Tag Archives: inequality

Jan. 4, 2016 The New Yorker

On Jan. 4, 2016 The New Yorker’s Andrew Marantz wrote “Ready For Prime Time” about Saturday Night Live’s Leslie Jones.

Dexter Filkins wrote “Swamped” about Jeb Bush’s disastrous environmental policies as Governor of Florida.

Larissa MacFarquhar wrote “What Money Can Buy” about Ford Foundation president Darren Walker’s new efforts to fight inequality around the world.

Laura Secor wrote “War Of Words” about Asieh Amini an exiled activist trying to end the stoning deaths of women in Iran.

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Nov. 9, 2015 The New Yorker

On Nov. 9, 2015 The New Yorker’s George Packer wrote “The Republican Class War” about the GOP’s increasing inability to get the popular vote because of changing demographics and increasing poverty. “Economic stratification and the rise of of a super-wealthy class, threatens our democracy.””The Princeton economist Alan Kreuger as demonstrated that societies with higher levels of income inequality are societies with lower levels of social mobility.””We are no longer the country where anybody can be anything.”

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Dec. 19, 2011 The New Yorker

On Dec. 19, 2011 The New Yorker’s James Surowiecki wrote “Living By Default” about how corporations declare bankruptcy at the drop of a hat but are worried that individuals will do the same to them.

Elif Batuman wrote “The Sanctuary” about a 10,000 year old Neolithic site called Gobekli Tepe near Urfa in Turkey. It was built by hunter gatherers as a religious sanctuary and then suddenly buried around 8200 BCE. There are carvings of boars, foxes, lions, scorpions, spiders, snakes and vultures. The people who built it were taller and healthier than the agricultural people who showed up later. Jared Diamond, author of Guns Germs And Steel, thinks that the transition from hunting and gathering to agriculture was a mistake that led to “…gross social and sexual inequality, the disease and despotism, that curse our existence.”

Burhard Bilger wrote “The Great Oasis” about various attempts to turn back to growing deserts like the Sahara using both complex and simple ideas.

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Nov. 28, 2011 The New Yorker

Nov. 28, 2011 The New Yorker’s Mattathias Schwartz wrote “Pre-Occupied” about the Occupy Wall Street Movement in Zucotti Park. The organizers cite Saul Alinsky’s book Rules for Radicals and Linus Torvald, the creator of the Linux open operating system.

George Packer wrote “No Death No Taxes” about Silicon Valley venture capitalist Peter Thiel and libertarian futurism. “Probably the most extreme form of inequality is between people who are alive and people who are dead.” According to Packer “In Thiel’s techno-utopia, a few thousand Americans might own robot driven cars and live to a hundred and fifty, while millions of others lose their jobs to computers that are far smarter than they are, then perish at sixty.”

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