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Do America’s leaders say “Apres moi, le deluge”?

Summary:  Today Chet Richards looks a recent Stratfor post about the crisis of the middle class, and from there explores some of the challenges facing 21st century America. . George Friedman, Founder and CEO of Stratfor, is always worth reading for the same reason that, say, James Kilpatrick was: You might not have agreed with …

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Ugly truths about income inequality in America, which no politician dares to say

Summary:  A new books by journalists Barlett and Steele shows some ugly and seldom-mentioned aspects of the growing inequality in America.  Most especially, the role of government policy. It didn’t just happen. “Avarice, the mother of all wickedness, who, always thirsty for more, opens wide her jaws for gold.” — Claudianus, De Laudibus Stilichonis, II, …

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Why the middle class is dying

Summary:  The slow growth of employment (far slower than GDP or corporate profits) continues to puzzle economists.  Perhaps it’s just a short-term oddity.  Perhaps something has changed in the overall economy.  Slowly economists see, albeit dimly, the coming robot revolution (no, it’s not funny).  This is another in a series about the possibility of radical and severe …

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A DC insider speaks to us about “Voices of Power”

This is someone we should listen to, with a message that must hear.  At the end are links to more information about this topic. Voices of Power: Elizabeth Warren, interview by Lois Romano, Washington Post, 8 October 2009 — Warren is Chairwoman of the bank bailout Oversight Committee.  Excerpt from the transcript: ROMANO: Do you …

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A great, brief analysis of problem with America’s society – a model to follow when looking at other problems

 This post looks at an article very much worth reading.  The author does something rare among sociological or political analysts:  showing how current problems (sometimes) result from past reforms. This post sketches out his reasoning, not just to understand the origins of the destructive increase in US inequality of wealth and income — but also to as an …

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