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The Best News You Don’t Know

Posted September 22nd, 2016 at 10:04 am (UTC-4)
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[S]everal polls found that about 90% of Americans believe that global poverty has worsened or stayed the same over the last 20 years. Fortunately, the one point Americans agree on is dead wrong….Historians may conclude that the most important thing going on in the world in the early 21st century was a stunning decline in human suffering.

The Most Pragmatic Way to Fix American Democracy

Posted January 29th, 2016 at 1:01 pm (UTC-4)
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Inequality has reached levels last seen in the era of the “robber barons” in the 1890s. The only truly pragmatic way of reversing this state of affairs is through a “political revolution” that mobilizes millions of Americans.

Why the Middle Class Is in Revolt and Susceptible to a Dangerous ‘Strongman’

Posted December 17th, 2015 at 12:12 pm (UTC-4)
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Start with the fact that the middle class is shrinking, according to a new Pew survey. The odds of falling into poverty are frighteningly high, especially for the majority without college degrees.

What Pope Francis Should Do to Really Help the Poor

Posted June 16th, 2015 at 1:42 pm (UTC-4)
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Pope Francis’s concern for the poor is clear, so it is understandable that climate change is the topic of his forthcoming Encyclical — a Papal letter that is sent out to the world. Climate change will hit the most destitute people first and worst.