Articles in class & inequality tagged with history

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Nicola Miller

The region has a long legacy of critical engagement with classical political economy, helping to change the way we think about markets and morals.

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Justin H. Vassallo

A new history charts the global legacy of Fordist mass production, tracing its appeal to political formations on both the left and the right.

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Alyssa Battistoni

Rumors of the imminent death of capitalism have often been greatly exaggerated. But that doesn’t mean we must give up on making things better.

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Scott W. Stern

Conservatives have long been sounding the alarm about “undeserving” people receiving public assistance. These fears have deep ties to racism and the policing of black women’s bodies.

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Andrew Elrod Mark Engler

The battle over the bailout—set to be delivered through a once-obscure Treasury Department mechanism called the Exchange Stabilization Fund—has only just begun.

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Marshall Steinbaum

In his sweeping new history, the economist systematically demolishes the conceit that extreme inequality is our destiny, rather than our choice.

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Walter Johnson

Designed as a bucolic working-class suburb of St. Louis, the nearly all-black town of Centreville now floods with raw sewage every time it rains. “Bring us back some help,” residents say, living through an environmental horror that evokes centuries of official disinterest in black suffering, as well as a future in which the poor are left to suffer in areas made uninhabitable by climate change.

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Olivia Schwob

Moral thinking about debt has fluctuated throughout U.S. history. Today’s calls for cancellation suggest it may be poised for transformation once again.

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Benjamin Soskis

The Apple Carnegie Library embodies recent developments in philanthropy that should trouble us: the uncritical valorization of philanthro-capitalism and the privatization of public goods and public spaces.

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Jonathan Kirshner

A decade after the financial crisis, economists still have not rethought macroeconomics. A new history takes on the field's unrepentant hubris.