Equality

Poll: 45 percent say Trump presidency off to poor start

Almost half of Americans believe President Donald Trump is off to a poor start, according to an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released Sunday.<p>Forty-five percent believe the president is off to a poor start, while 19 percent say his presidency is off to a fair start. A combined 35 percent …

Elections

Driver Licenses From Nine States Won’t Be Valid IDs for Domestic Flights in 2018

Time to start applying for a passport.<p>Beginning Jan. 22, 2018, travelers from nine states will no longer be able to travel with only their driver’s …

North Carolina

Google, Facebook, Amazon undermine democracy: They play a role in destroying privacy, producing inequality

Author Jonathan Taplin discusses the ways Ayn Rand's cruel libertarianism has permeated Silicon Valley and beyond<p>Most of us are active on Facebook, use many of Google’s assets (search, YouTube, calendar) and get Amazon products dropped at our doorsteps. But have we ever stopped to think about the …

Social Justice

Google Isn't A Monopoly - So Don't Break It Up Or Regulate It Like One

The New York Times carries an OpEd telling us that Google–and some other tech firms are- is a monopoly and thus must either be broken up or regulated as such a monopoly. The slight problem with this idea being that the writer of the piece doesn’t in fact understand the technical words that are …

Social Justice

From the Gender Pay Gap to Reproductive Rights—Here's Where to Live in 2017

There are a number of ranking that list the top places in the world to live based on taxes, shopping, or even work/life balance. But most ratings …

Gender

“Fear City” Explores How Donald Trump Exploited the New York Debt Crisis To Boost His Own Fortune

When I published “The Shock Doctrine” a decade ago, a few people told me that it was missing a key chapter in the evolution of the tactic I was …

Social Justice

The rich vs. poor myth

The fact the top 20% of households in Canada hold 67% of the personal wealth, while the bottom 20% hold no wealth at all seems, on the surface, to be …

Wealth

For Women, It’s Not Just the O’Reilly Problem

Bill O’Reilly’s ouster from Fox News Wednesday — nine months after similarly lurid charges of sexual harassment forced the resignation of Roger Ailes, the Fox chief executive — has opened another window into sexual abuse of women at Fox and in the workplace generally.<p>The serial nature of the …

Sexism

Trump’s H-1B tweaks to Aussie visas: Why India’s middle class needs to reinvent itself, again | Opinion

This has been an uneasy week for the “great Indian middle class” — especially for those who think that history is full of lessons and irony. When the …

Social Justice

Overhaul Britain’s rotten tax system or we won’t be able to sustain a healthy state

Arguing over whether a £70,000 salary makes you rich diverts us from a proper discussion of public finances<p>Acommon feature of all countries in long-term decline has been an inability to overcome the grip of malign sectional interests on their affairs. Eighteenth-century Spain, 19th-century China or …

Public Sector

YouTube Stops Restricting LGBT Content

YouTube remedied an engineering issue that restricted hundreds of thousands of innocuous LGBT-related videos in the site's Restricted Mode.<p>The …

You Tube

The big issue: quality teaching can only mitigate inequality, not eradicate it

The reality is that deep-seated, class-related inequities have always affected education provision<p>Education cannot compensate for society. Inequality – of income, of health, of cultural capital, of expectations – cannot be solved by the school system; it can be mitigated, even countered in a few …

Education

Commentary: Inequality looms beneath the shiny facade of Southeast Asia's growth

Singapore is the 20th century’s most remarkable economic development story, and regional peers are hungry for equally transformational growth. So it …

Social Justice

£70,000 puts workers in the top 5 per cent of UK earners – why are we so reluctant to acknowledge this?

When Austin Powers’ nemesis Dr Evil came out of deep freeze and held the world to ransom he hilariously imagined that one million dollars was a lot …

Wealth

NYC property taxes favor rich and white homeowners, suit claims

This year Mayor de Blasio will pay $3,581 in property taxes on each of two row houses he owns in ultra-gentrified Park Slope. The city says his …

New York City

In The First Week Of Election Campaigning, Corbyn Has Outperformed May Significantly

Flying start - two words that sum up the beginning of Labour's general election campaign. In five days, Jeremy Corbyn has shown he has the passion and the plan in place to transform Britain in the interests of the many.<p>Already, Corbyn has outperformed May significantly, dominating the news agenda …

Jeremy Corbyn

It's time to lift the ideological haze in debates about Africa's middle class

The middle classes in the Global South gained growing attention since the turn of the century, mainly through their rapid ascendancy in the Asian …

Middle-class

Chicago, CA Join Growing List of Places Banning Travel to NC

HRC and Equality NC hailed the news that Chicago and California are maintaining their bans on taxpayer-funded travel to North Carolina. The …

North Carolina

What to Watch: Abbott breaths news life into bathroom bill

For months, Gov. Greg Abbott stayed silent and Texas' bathroom bill languished in the Legislature amid mounting criticism from LGBT activists and …

North Carolina

Some of the Wealthiest Universities Are Getting Richer on Tax Breaks

Trump promised to make universities' tax breaks contingent on schools' willingness to reduce tuition prices—and lawmakers are now considering …

Higher Education

Does Colorado need a “Homeless Bill of Rights”? (2 letters)

RJ Sangosti, Denver Post fileDenver police and city workers clear homeless camps on Lawrence Street on Nov. 15, 2016. A legislative committee on …

Denver

Stability in the DRC: a look beyond political agreements

Once again, the cycle of instability and political uncertainty has the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on high alert and agreements between …

Africa

Texas Girls Coaches Association opposes 'Tim Tebow bill' to allow home-schooled students to compete in UIL sports

This Story is About...<p>The Texas Girls Coaches Association posted the note below on its website, voicing its opposition to the so-called Tim Tebow …

Education

America is Regressing into a Developing Nation for Most People

<i>By Lynn Parramore, Senior Research Analyst, Institute for New Economic Thinking. Originally published at the Institute for New Economic Thinking</i> …

Social Justice

The Capital Gains Tax Rate Is a Moral Outrage

Nobody ever clicks on blog posts about tax policy, because it’s not “sexy” enough. Fuck you! How else are we supposed to win the class war?<p>Look at …

Taxes

The Vanishing Middle Class

Prejudice and Power in a Dual Economy<p>By Peter Temin<p>Overview<p>The United States is becoming a nation of rich and poor, with few families in the middle. …

Middle-class

New report lays out the depressing reality of income disparity in NYC

“A tale of two cities,” indeed<p>New York City’s rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer, according to a new and depressing report from the city’s Independent Budget Office.<p>Using an annual sample of 770,700 income tax returns, IBO looked at New Yorkers’ annual earnings every year …

New York City

The GOP needs new ideas for lowering taxes

If there’s one thing that’s united Republicans since the Reagan era, it’s enthusiasm for tax cuts. But these days one gets the unmistakable impression that the Laffer curve dream has died.<p>For one thing, the Trump administration has reportedly abandoned the ludicrously large tax cut the president …

Taxes

North Carolina's long summer vacations are being challenged

A 2004 law mandating when North Carolina public schools hold summer vacation is facing its strongest challenge yet from educators and legislators who …

Social Justice

States Are Attempting to Modify Their Definitions of Rape and Sex: The Week In Women’s Rights

Earlier this month, Maryland seemed poised to finally pass a law, as most states have, that would keep men from claiming parental rights to the …

Women's Rights