Fast-Food Strikers Fighting for Us All

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RJ Eskow: In fact, if the minimum wage had kept pace with inflation, it would be more than $16 today. These fast-food workers have pitched their wage request exactly right.

Suicide Boom?

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Claude Fischer: Baby Boomers are committing suicide at alarming rates. Suicide rates generally rise and fall in response to several factors. Today, there appears to be a confluence of factors at play. One is simply how accurately we determine and count which deaths are suicides.

Time to Retire the 99 Percent

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Walter Brasch: It’s time to retire the 99 percent. Not the people, but the slogan that identifies the Occupy Movement.

Can Civilians Arrest Cops?

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Jeff Norman: Maybe the top cops and mayors of other American cities should visit Los Angeles, enjoy a few bong hits with Chief Beck and discuss how to treat peaceful demonstrators humanely.

Prisons or Higher Education, Which Do We Fund?

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Sharon Kyle: Either large segments of the American population suddenly decided to engage in criminal activity or there were changes in sentencing law and prison policy that dramatically increased America’s prison population. Whatever the reason, states are spending more on prisons and less on higher education.

Big Brother Is Watching You Recycle

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Wendy McElroy: If households can be forced to assume these labor-intensive tasks, then selling recyclables—especially such goods as aluminum cans—is more likely to be profitable.

Mehserle-Grant Verdict Aftermath: Oakland Lives Another Day

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H. Scott Prosterman: Regardless of the verdict, some element of violent protest was inevitable. Ironically, most of those arrested were white, suburban anarchist, rather than black activists.

Searching for Authenticity in Urban Neighborhoods

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Randy Shaw: While many talk about gentrification, few books portray it as vividly as Zukin. She makes New York City’s diverse neighborhoods truly come alive, and her book should interest all those who care about the future of urban America

A Tip Without An Iceberg: Americans, Not Canucks, Are The Real Medical Refugees

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Once the Senate puts aside the irrational fracas over Sonia Sotomayor’s nomination to the Supreme Court – she eats spicy food, her name doesn’t sound American, she can be quoted out of context, she’s a secret socialist – and confirms her nomination, Congress can turn its attention to dealing with genuine problems such as providing [...]

The White-Collar Working Class: Has the American Middle Class Gone into Foreclosure?

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by Brian Purnell – Last year, according to the New York Times, the average debt in the United States was $121,650, while the average savings was just shy of $450. You don’t need a PhD in Economics or an MBA to know that something is terribly wrong and imbalanced with those figures.

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