Jason Smythe

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Why Are the Poor and Minorities Less Likely to Vote?

Even when America's underclass isn't formally stripped of its ballot, a slew of barriers come between them and full representation and participation.<p>CINCINNATI — It's 4 a.m. when the overnight bus from Pittsburgh rolls into Cincinnati station. With hours to go until daylight and more than a little …

The Changing Face of America

<b>What is it about the faces</b> on these pages that we find so intriguing? Is it simply that their features disrupt our expectations, that we’re not used to seeing those eyes with that hair, that nose above those lips? Our responses can range from the armchair anthropologist’s benign desire to unravel …

Photos Reveal Harsh Detail Of Brazil's History With Slavery

Brazil was the last place in the Americas to abolish slavery — it didn't happen until 1888 — and that meant that the final years of the practice were photographed.<p>This has given Brazil what may be the world's largest archive of photography of slavery, and a new exhibition in Sao Paulo is offering …

The Census Bureau released new data on poverty in the US yesterday, and the National Women’s Law Center has been crunching the numbers to see how things are looking for women. It’s not great: Since 2011, the poverty rate among women has been at its highest point in two decades, and that didn’t change last year. ...

The Census Bureau released new data on poverty in the US yesterday, and the National Women’s Law Center has been crunching the numbers to see how …

When Men Get All the Credit: Gender and the Construction of Knowledge

This scenario is not only played out in fictional settings; it also happens in real life. In fact, it even happens in the world of …

Gender and the Body Language of Power - Sociological Images

<i>We’re celebrating the end of the year with our most popular posts from 2013, plus a few of our favorites tossed in. Enjoy!</i><p>Philosopher Sandra Lee …

A surprisingly simple way to know which companies are cool and which are sorta 'meh.'

This could have huge possibilities for folks who want to spend their dollars with companies who actually treat people well.

Would Increasing the Minimum Wage Create Jobs?

A few liberals say so. But even if they're right, the effect would be small and short-lived.<p>The standard argument against raising the minimum wage is that it kills jobs by making workers more expensive to hire. Whether or not that's true has been the subject of a century-long economics debate that …

Walmart Holding Canned Food Drive For Its Own Underpaid Employees

A Walmart in northeast Ohio is holding a holiday canned food drive — for its own underpaid employees. “Please Donate Food Items Here, so Associates …

Wal-Mart heirs worth as much as bottom 41.5% of American families

The Walton family, heirs to the founders of the Wal-Mart Stores Inc. superchain, are worth nearly as much as the bottom half of American households combined.<p>The Waltons' value -- $89.5 billion in 2010 – is equal to the worth of the 41.5% of families at the lower end of the income ladder, according …

What the Pope Got Right About Capitalism

<i>This story originally appeared at Truthdig. Robert Scheer is the author of</i> The Great American Stickup: How Reagan Republicans and Clinton Democrats …

President Obama Quotes Pope Francis In Speech About Income Inequality

The Pope is making the world sit up and pay attention to poverty with his dedication to serving the poor, and it looks like world leaders are taking a leaf out of his book, including President Obama.<p>During a Wednesday speech on income equality, Obama remarked, "Across the developed world, …

You're Severely Underpaid, And Here's Proof

Ordinary Americans are paid too little considering the value of their labor, while CEOs are mostly overpaid, according to recent research. That's unlikely to change in 2014.<p>Some argue that worker and CEO wages are dictated by what the market demands and therefore, they're just what they should be. …

How economic inequality harms societies | Richard Wilkinson

Rich man, poor man

A poisonous mix of inequality and sluggish wages threatens globalisation<p>James Fryer<p>GLUERS and sawyers from the furniture factories in Galax near the …

Rich Man, Poor Man: Are ‘the 1%’ worth it?

David and Victoria Beckham at their secret hideaway<p><i>In the last of three postings on wealth distribution, we</i> <i>ask</i> <i>who benefits from the relentless rise</i> …