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Amor Mundi 1/17/16

In our Amor Mundi, we reflect on the successes of anti-establishment presidential candidates, contemplate the Internet's effect on reading, and much more. Posted on 17 January 2016 | 8:01 pm

Video Archives – Roundtable Discussion on Occupy Wall Street (2011)

Occupy Wall Street
In this week's Video Archives, we remember a 2011 roundtable discussion on the Occupy movement. Posted on 30 October 2014 | 10:00 am

Birthing New Leaders

Asked in July if Occupy Wall Street has been successful, Todd Gitlin—renowned social historian, former President of Students for a Democratic Society, and author most recently of Occupy Nation: The Roots, The Spirit, and the Promise of Occupy Wall Street—responds: “OWS has been successful because we are talking about it. You now see bumper stickers…Read more Birthing New Leaders Posted on 14 September 2012 | 5:11 pm

Who Killed the Middle Class?

John Cassidy over at the New Yorker has an excellent article that clarifies some of the basics about the debate over inequality. In Inequality 101, Cassidy reproduces a chart “Who Killed the Middle Class?” an article he published in 1995. The chart is fairly clear. It shows how from 1947-1973, the wealthy, the middle class,…Read more Who Killed the Middle Class? Posted on 23 April 2012 | 10:28 am

Economic Inequality

If inequality matters, is it rational? David Grusky writes that much of the economic inequality in our economy is irrational, the result of rules and practices that irrationally keep pay high for a small group of college graduates and CEOs. While many argue that inequality needs to be addressed by higher taxes,  Grusky argues  that…Read more Economic Inequality Posted on 22 March 2012 | 2:02 pm

Is Economic Inequality Becoming a Problem for Americans?

Is economic inequality becoming a problem for Americans? The common sense today is that OWS has put inequality on the agenda today in a way that is new in American politics. And today Eduardo Porter makes the argument that OWS is having some traction on the question of income inequality. While Americans traditionally are tolerant…Read more Is Economic Inequality Becoming a Problem for Americans? Posted on 21 March 2012 | 12:30 pm

What Has Happened to Occupy Wall Street?

A few hundred people gathered at the capitol today as part of Occupy Congress. Why so few? Last Fall Occupy Wall Street movement sprouted 2,779 chapters around the nation and captured the attention of the 1% as well as much of the 99%. In some ways, the movement has had an impact. A number of…Read more What Has Happened to Occupy Wall Street? Posted on 18 January 2012 | 2:08 pm

The Disenfranchisement of Democracy

Andrew Sullivan has an excellent essay in The Daily Beast about the undeniable allure of the Occupy Wall Street protests, in spite of what he calls “the hippie problem.” As much as there are elements of the protests and the protesters that sound naïve and even coarse, as much as they at times seem out…Read more The Disenfranchisement of Democracy Posted on 26 October 2011 | 11:15 am

The Robin Hood Tax?

Occupy Wall Street has been looking for issues to coalesce around. Now the Canadian group Adbusters—the group that issued the initial call that began the protests—has proposed that Occupy Wall Street adopt a Robin Hood Tax on financial transactions as its first issue. Here is their call to action. The Financial Transaction Tax (FTT) is…Read more The Robin Hood Tax? Posted on 21 October 2011 | 11:33 am