With no policies to explain or white papers to rewrite, Ezra Klein was sent scrambling on Friday to produce content for the Wonkblog. Working way outside any demonstrated competency he has, he produced this piece titled “Inequality isn’t ‘the defining challenge of our time’”. Now I know what you are thinking. What the [...]
Elizabeth Stoker and I have a new post over at Salon about the stupidity of generational analysis, which is, in fact, just analysis of the well off in a given generation.
A program crafted around the needs of the majority of young people would look much different, of course. Instead of [...]
I wrote a post about how the identitarian framework has a class problem, doesn’t take class identity seriously, and doesn’t treat those with that identity anything like any of the other identities within the framework. Sarah Kendzior on twitter thought it would be a good idea to prove just how true [...]
People have been passing around this piece from Mark Fisher, which is about a lot of things, one of which is who gets to speak (or identify) as the poor working class. In particular, Russel Brand apparently has a lower working class background, but now is a millionaire due to his comedy, which [...]
A number of people who write words on the internet talk a lot about people writing things for free. If you are someone who writes things on the internet, it makes sense to talk about such things. It’s like how people subscribe to trade magazines and talk about issues in their industry. Moreover, people always [...]
My last post was about how wrong it is to say education is the only way to solve poverty. I said that changing the distribution of income is the only and best way. But there is also some trouble in the language of “solving” poverty.
When you say you want to “solve” poverty, [...]
This summer, President Obama gave a speech where he talked about middle-out economics, which is apparently the Democrats response to trickle-down economics. As far as I can tell, Eric Liu and Nick Hanauer coined the phrase. Personally, I don’t like the phrase and when I think hard about what it might [...]
Friend of the blog David Callahan and I have been going back and forth over at Demos about social mobility and equal opportunity. It started when Callahan wrote a post noting that kids born near the top of the income distribution wind up, on average, lower than their parents in the income distribution. [...]
New post at Policy Shop. Excerpt:
The lead analogy is a good one for purposes of policy construction. In response to learning that lead was messing up kids brains, we sought to eliminate exposure to it, e.g. by banning leaded gasoline, by banning lead paint, and by undertaking lead remediation projects. But we [...]