‘An End to the Chapter of Dictatorship’: Chileans Vote to Draft a New Constitution

Voters overwhelmingly approved a bid to scrap the charter inherited from Gen. Augusto Pinochet’s dictatorship, a move that could set a new course for the country.

#chile, #constitutions, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #income-inequality, #pinera-sebastian, #pinochet-ugarte-augusto, #referendums

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The Rich in New York Confront an Unfamiliar Word: No

The pandemic is causing inequality to soar, but increasingly the privileged are discovering that they can’t bend the world to their will.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #high-net-worth-individuals, #homeless-persons, #income-inequality, #lucerne-manhattan-ny-hotel, #mastro-randy-m, #new-york-city, #upper-west-side-manhattan-ny, #vandalism

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How Income Inequality Has Erased Your Chance to Drink the Great Wines

Benchmark bottles were always a splurge. But an increasing concentration of wealth has put them out of reach for all but the richest connoisseurs.

#agriculture-and-farming, #bordeaux-france, #burgundy-france, #champagne-wine, #income-inequality, #luxury-goods-and-services, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #wines

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In Election, Bolivia Confronts the Legacy of Its Ousted Socialist Leader

Sunday’s election is seen as a referendum on the 14-year political project of Evo Morales, a towering figure in Bolivian politics who lifted many out of poverty but whose policies and tone divided the country.

#arce-luis, #bolivia, #elections, #income-inequality, #mesa-carlos, #morales-evo, #poverty

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How to Actually Make America Great

Reversing 50 years of social decline.

#garrett-shaylyn-romney, #income-inequality, #social-conditions-and-trends, #the-upswing-how-america-came-together-a-century-ago-and-how-we-can-do-it-again-book, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government, #weave-the-social-fabric-project

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Did Lockdowns Lower Premature Births? A New Study Adds Evidence

Dutch researchers say the “impact was real,” adding to hopes that doctors will learn more about factors contributing to preterm birth.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #income-inequality, #netherlands, #premature-babies, #research, #the-lancet-public-health, #women-and-girls, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-healthcare, #your-feed-science

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While Millions Lost Jobs, Some Executives Made Millions in Company Stock

Some corporate bosses who received stock awards this year are sitting on gains of millions of dollars.

#bonuses, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dicks-sporting-goods-inc, #executive-compensation, #fedex-corporation, #high-net-worth-individuals, #income-inequality, #institutional-shareholder-services-inc, #mgm-resorts-international, #moderna-inc, #peloton-interactive-inc, #smith-frederick-w, #stack-edward-w

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America’s Refusal to Address the Roots of Violence

Elliott Currie’s “A Peculiar Indifference” traces the history of violence in Black communities and the reasons for it.

#a-peculiar-indifference-the-neglected-toll-of-violence-on-black-america-book, #black-people, #books-and-literature, #criminal-justice, #currie-elliott, #income-inequality, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #race-and-ethnicity

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Hotter Days Widen Racial Gap in U.S. Schools, Data Shows

Higher temperatures are linked to worse test scores, but only for Black and Hispanic children. The likely culprit: a lack of air-conditioning.

#black-people, #education-k-12, #environment, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #income-inequality, #minorities, #race-and-ethnicity

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Pope Criticizes Lack of Unity in World’s Response to Coronavirus

In an encyclical, the most authoritative form of papal teaching, Francis lamented poor cooperation among countries and warned the forces of “myopic, extremist, resentful and aggressive nationalism are on the rise.”

#assisi-italy, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #discrimination, #encyclicals, #francis, #immigration-and-emigration, #income-inequality, #italy, #roman-catholic-church

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The I.R.S. Is Outgunned

The agency doesn’t have the resources to battle the tax lawyers of the ultrarich. Trump’s returns are just one example of how little the wealthy pay.

#corporate-taxes, #corporations, #federal-taxes-us, #income-inequality, #internal-revenue-service, #tax-evasion, #trump-tax-returns, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government

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U.S. Household Wealth Rose Before the Pandemic, but Inequality Persisted

A Federal Reserve survey of family finances shows that inequality was high last year. It’s likely to worsen because of the pandemic.

#black-people, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #families-and-family-life, #federal-reserve-system, #hispanic-americans, #income, #income-inequality, #labor-and-jobs, #recession-and-depression, #stocks-and-bonds, #unemployment, #united-states-economy, #wages-and-salaries

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Is Amy Coney Barrett Joining a Supreme Court Built for the Wealthy?

Future decisions by a very conservative majority could give corporations even more weight and workers less.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #barrett-amy-coney, #constitution-us, #corporate-social-responsibility, #federal-state-relations-us, #income-inequality, #labor-and-jobs, #supreme-court-us, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

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Pandemic Will ‘Take Our Women 10 Years Back’ in the Workplace

Improvements in gender equality in the workplace may be another casualty of the coronavirus, as women find their place in the work force more at risk.

#child-care, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #day-care-centers, #discrimination, #education-k-12, #income-inequality, #labor-and-jobs, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #parenting, #women-and-girls, #work-life-balance

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Plight of the ‘Physical Worker’: Worn-Out Bodies and Little Savings

Americans laboring on farms, in factories and on cleaning crews often have to retire before safety-net programs kick in and without assets in employer plans.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #income-inequality, #labor-and-jobs, #pensions-and-retirement-plans, #retirement, #savings, #transamerica-center-for-retirement-studies-transamerica-institute, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

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In the Epicenter of Mexico’s Coronavirus Epicenter, Feeling Like a ‘Trapped Animal’

For the vast majority of people in one teeming neighborhood of Mexico City, risking illness or death has simply become the price of survival.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #income-inequality, #mexico, #mexico-city-mexico, #politics-and-government, #poverty

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Can Digital Mortgage Platforms Reduce Discrimination in Lending?

Early indications are promising. But automated systems provide rich opportunities to perpetuate bias.

#banking-and-financial-institutions, #better-com, #black-people, #discrimination, #fair-isaac-corporation, #housing-and-urban-development-department, #income-inequality, #mortgages, #national-fair-housing-alliance, #personal-finances, #quicken-loans-inc, #race-and-ethnicity, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #zestfinance

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U.S. Poverty Hit a Record Low Before the Pandemic Recession

The share of Americans in poverty in 2019 declined and median incomes were the highest on record, a Census Bureau report showed.

#census, #census-bureau, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #income, #income-inequality, #labor-and-jobs, #poverty, #united-states-economy

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How Liberals Opened the Door to Libertarian Economics

Milton Friedman’s free-market ideas found favor in a free-love era and helped redirect the country toward the right. The aftershocks of his radical arguments are still being felt today.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #business-roundtable, #economics-theory-and-philosophy, #friedman-milton, #income-inequality, #libertarianism-us-politics, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

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How to Birth a New American Theater

Six months dark. Thousands of artists out of work. Could this disaster have a surprise ending? Five critics on what must change, onstage and off.

#income-inequality, #new-york-city, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #race-and-ethnicity, #theater, #unemployment, #web-original-programming

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Strike. This Could Be Our Last Stand.

If we can’t get our government to help us now, when will we ever?

#coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #federal-aid-us, #income-inequality, #labor-and-jobs, #recession-and-depression, #strikes, #unemployment, #united-states-economy, #wages-and-salaries

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Give Money to Babies

New Jersey’s “baby bonds” plan is a potentially transformative effort in the fight against inequality.

#black-people, #hamilton-darrick, #income-inequality, #new-jersey

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The Fed Enabled a Record Expansion. Trump Is Taking Credit.

President Trump has taken credit for the lowest unemployment rate in 50 years, but the Federal Reserve’s patient policies laid the groundwork.

#income-inequality, #interest-rates, #labor-and-jobs, #presidential-election-of-2020, #unemployment, #united-states-economy, #wages-and-salaries

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Selling the Census Last Minute, With Cowboys and Sudoku

Worried that people won’t be counted, community groups and local governments are spending big to get the word out. “It’s an absolute panic,” one executive said.

#advertising-and-marketing, #census, #census-bureau, #federal-aid-us, #income-inequality, #local-government, #mobile-applications, #telemundo-communications-group-inc, #united-states-politics-and-government, #univision

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Is Taxing the Rich the Answer to N.Y.’s Budget Deficit?

Democrats searching for a revenue source to spare needy New Yorkers from pandemic-caused cuts have an unexpected opponent: The governor.

#biaggi-alessandra, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cuomo-andrew-m, #finances, #income-inequality, #letters, #new-york-city, #stewart-cousins-andrea, #taxation

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The Tax Cut for the Rich That Democrats Love

Why are party leaders fighting to get rid of one surprisingly progressive element of the 2017 tax bill?

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #federal-taxes-us, #income-inequality, #income-tax, #pelosi-nancy, #presidential-election-of-2020, #schumer-charles-e, #tax-credits-deductions-and-exemptions, #tax-cuts-and-jobs-act-2017, #taxation, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

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David Graeber, Caustic Critic of Inequality, Is Dead at 59

He wrote about crushing debt, pointless jobs and the negative effects of globalization. And he played a leading role in the Occupy Wall Street movement.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #books-and-literature, #deaths-obituaries, #graeber-david, #income-inequality, #occupy-wall-street, #slogans-and-mottoes, #writing-and-writers

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You Want Progressive Policies? You Need Progressive Taxes

Foolish federal dithering means states have to step in. Yes, even in the midst of a pandemic.

#budgets-and-budgeting, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #e-learning, #federal-budget-us, #income-inequality, #income-tax, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #recession-and-depression, #roosevelt-franklin-and-eleanor-institute, #states-us, #taxation, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-economy

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A Gen-X Adviser to Biden Argues Equality Is Good for Growth

Heather Boushey is at the forefront of a generation of economists rethinking their discipline — just as the government deploys trillions to address a once-in-a-century emergency.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #boushey-heather, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #income-inequality, #labor-and-jobs, #pavement-music-group, #recession-and-depression, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government, #washington-center-for-equitable-growth

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Why New Jersey’s Plan for In-Person Schooling Is Falling Apart

Growing numbers of districts are going online only, citing teacher shortages, ventilation issues and delayed guidance from the state on the virus.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #e-learning, #education-k-12, #income-inequality, #murphy-philip-d-1957, #new-jersey, #shutdowns-institutional, #teachers-and-school-employees

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A Perk for N.Y.’s Richest Areas: First Dibs on Top Public Schools

New York City gives students a shot at nearly all high schools across the city — except for a handful of top schools in Manhattan.

#admissions-standards, #education-k-12, #income-inequality, #manhattan-nyc, #new-york-city, #race-and-ethnicity, #roosevelt-eleanor-high-school-manhattan-ny, #segregation-and-desegregation

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Join Us for a Live Conversation About Making Cities More Equitable

Julián Castro, Raj Chetty and Sonja Trauss discuss how where we live shapes our prospects in life, with the Times columnist Farhad Manjoo.

#castro-julian, #income-inequality, #manjoo-farhad, #urban-areas

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$1,000 ‘Baby Bond’ Proposed in N.J. in Bid to Narrow the Wealth Gap

A plan would set aside money at birth for children in most families, giving them a financial lift when they reach 18 and enter adulthood.

#babies-and-infants, #black-people, #booker-cory-a, #budgets-and-budgeting, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #income-inequality, #murphy-philip-d-1957, #new-jersey, #politics-and-government, #pressley-ayanna, #race-and-ethnicity

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How the ‘Useful Idiots’ of Liberal New York Fueled Income Inequality

Kurt Andersen, founder of Spy magazine and the author of “Evil Geniuses,” on how affluent lefties slept through the escalating inequality crisis. Including him.

#andersen-kurt, #evil-geniuses-the-unmaking-of-america-book, #income-inequality, #liberalism-us-politics, #new-york-city, #united-states

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2020 Is the Struggle Between Racial Liberalism and Racial Conservatism

Biden vs. Trump recapitulates American history, but may also alter it.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #black-people, #brookings-institution, #conservatism-us-politics, #democratic-party, #income-inequality, #liberalism-us-politics, #polls-and-public-opinion, #presidential-election-of-2016, #presidential-election-of-2020, #race-and-ethnicity, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Covid-19: What if ‘Herd Immunity’ Is Closer Than Scientists Thought?

In what may be the world’s most important math puzzle, researchers are trying to figure out how many people in a community must be immune before the coronavirus fades.

#antibodies, #brooklyn-nyc, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #elderly, #income-inequality, #jews-and-judaism, #london-england, #mumbai-india, #new-york-city, #vaccination-and-immunization, #your-feed-science

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Rapid Testing is at Parties, Concerts and Hotels. Social Distance Still Required.

Determined to proceed with parties and events this summer, hosts are adding screenings at the door. But such measures are hardly a guarantee of safety, medical experts warn.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #hamptons-ny, #income-inequality, #parties-social, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #suffolk-county-ny, #summer-season, #tests-medical

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Public Transit Cuts Felt Deepest in Low-Income Areas

As the pandemic wreaks havoc on public transit systems across the country, experts say it is low-income residents, people of color and essential workers bearing the brunt.

#american-public-transit-assn, #buses, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #income-inequality, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #mcconnell-mitch, #minorities, #schumer-charles-e, #subways, #transit-systems

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America’s Retirement Race Gap, and Ideas for Closing It

Scholars and policymakers have proposed ways to fix the inequities between whites and people of color, including changes to Social Security and building wealth from birth.

#baby-bonds, #black-people, #center-for-retirement-research-at-boston-college, #discrimination, #hamilton-darrick, #hispanic-americans, #income-inequality, #kijakazi-kilolo, #labor-and-jobs, #longevity, #pensions-and-retirement-plans, #retirement, #social-security-us, #stocks-and-bonds

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Families Priced Out of ‘Learning Pods’ Seek Alternatives

Should public school systems provide teachers for small-group instruction?

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #e-learning, #education-k-12, #families-and-family-life, #income-inequality, #race-and-ethnicity

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Remote Learning Is Hard. Losing Family Members Is Worse.

I’m a low-income student in a crowded apartment, and my family is vulnerable to Covid-19. The benefits of returning to school are not worth our health.

#computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #e-learning, #education-k-12, #hispanic-americans, #income, #income-inequality, #united-states

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Why Parents, With ‘No Good Choice’ This School Year, Are Blaming One Another

Every choice on what do about schooling amid a pandemic is potentially risky or unfair. Even if the problem is systemic, the angst is personal.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #education-k-12, #families-and-family-life, #income-inequality, #parenting, #quarantines, #shutdowns-institutional

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With the Biden-Harris Ticket, Environmental Justice Is a Focus

Climate change leaders said the choice of Harris signaled that Democrats will try to ensure that communities burdened by pollution would benefit from a transition to clean energy.

#air-pollution, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #carbon-dioxide, #environment, #global-warming, #green-new-deal, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #harris-kamala-d, #income-inequality, #presidential-election-of-2020

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Kurt Andersen Asks: What Is the Future of America?

“Evil Geniuses” diagnoses the troubling changes that have taken place in America over the last several decades, and how to fix them.

#andersen-kurt, #books-and-literature, #democratic-party, #evil-geniuses-the-unmaking-of-america-book, #income-inequality, #politics-and-government, #united-states-economy

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The Real Reason the American Economy Boomed After World War II

How expanding opportunity for women, immigrants and nonwhite workers helped everyone — and why we need to do so again.

#black-people, #discrimination, #immigration-and-emigration, #income-inequality, #labor-and-jobs, #race-and-ethnicity, #unemployment, #united-states-economy, #wages-and-salaries, #whites, #women-and-girls

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Why Black Workers Will Hurt the Most if Congress Doesn’t Extend Jobless Benefits

An extra $600 a week smoothed out sharp differences in benefits among states, and among the people who live in them.

#coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #discrimination, #income-inequality, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #race-and-ethnicity, #unemployment, #unemployment-insurance

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Black and Pregnant During Covid: ‘They Never Had Time to See Me’

Why being Black and giving birth in New York during the pandemic is so dangerous.

#babies-and-infants, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #hospitals, #income-inequality, #midwives-and-doulas, #new-york-city, #pregnancy-and-childbirth, #race-and-ethnicity, #telemedicine

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Where Will the New Good Jobs Come From? Look Here

The U.S. economy thrived after World War II. The reason can help us now.

#discrimination, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #income-inequality, #labor-and-jobs, #race-and-ethnicity, #unemployment, #united-states-economy, #wages-and-salaries, #whites, #women-and-girls

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Kenya’s Unusual Solution to the School Problem: Cancel the Year and Start Over

Some students were taking classes online, while others couldn’t. So the government scrapped the school year for all. But the move may just make educational inequality worse.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #e-learning, #education-k-12, #income-inequality, #kenya, #nairobi-kenya, #private-and-sectarian-schools

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It’s Not Just You. We’ve All Got a Case of the Covid-19 Blues.

New data show that Americans are suffering from record levels of mental distress.

#black-people, #camus-albert, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #de-marneffe-daphne, #income-inequality, #mental-health-and-disorders, #psychology-and-psychologists, #quarantines, #race-and-ethnicity, #the-plague-book, #the-rough-patch-midlife-and-the-art-of-living-together-book

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