The American Way of Poverty

The American Way of Poverty

How the Other Half Still Lives

Book - 2013
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Fifty years after Michael Harrington published his groundbreaking book The Other America, in which he chronicled the lives of people excluded from the Age of Affluence, poverty in America is back with a vengeance. It is made up of both the long-term chronically poor and new working poor, the tens of millions of victims of a broken economy and an ever more dysfunctional political system. In many ways, for the majority of Americans, financial insecurity has become the new norm. This book shines a light on this travesty. The author brings the effects of economic inequality out of the shadows and, ultimately, suggests ways for moving toward a fairer and more equitable social contract. Exploring everything from housing policy to wage protections and affordable higher education, he lays out a panoramic blueprint for a reinvigorated political process that, in turn, will pave the way for a renewed War on Poverty. It is, Harrington believed, a moral outrage that in a country as wealthy as America, so many people could be so poor. Written in the way of the 2008 financial collapse, in an era of grotesque economic extremes, this book brings that same powerful indignation to the topic. -- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, Nation Books,, [2013]
ISBN: 9781568587264
1568587260
Branch Call Number: 362.5973 Abramsky
362.5 Abramsky 2013
Characteristics: xii, 355 pages ; 22 cm

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moviefan01
Dec 31, 2014

If I had to list one complaint about this book, it's that the author sometimes veers into statistics land...but that's good, as it forced me to think about what he's saying. The frustrating part here is knowing that there are many great books about American poverty out there...but nothing is really going to change, is it? Why do we allow this to continue? Why do we keep electing officials (and spending billions of dollars just to elect candidates to some office)? I found the author's description (on page 108) of New York's WEP program--a rubber room/waiting room--to be eerily similar to Texas' WorkSource Career Centers.

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StarGladiator
Dec 14, 2014

[Fifty years ago Michael Harringston questioned as to why progressives and union members would want to continue voting for the anti-union anti-progressives democrats - - time for a serious third party! Harrington was correct, nothing has changed but the situation, and inequality, has only gotten worse!]
Great book, and agree with his suggestions of necessary changes, but it ain't going to happen, as everyone realizes, at least not without a violent revolution?

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