Tag: Poverty

The SAT’s Bogus ‘Adversity Score’

Between my freshman and senior years of high school in the late ’90s, my father spent his evenings, weekends and vacations drilling my best friend and me for our SATs. My father was born black in the 1930s in the segregated South and became the first member of his family to go to college, let […]

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The Rise of the Haphazard Self

A society is healthy when its culture counterbalances its economics. That is to say, when you have a capitalist economic system that emphasizes competition, dynamism and individual self-interest, you need a culture that celebrates cooperation, stability and committed relationships. We don’t have that. We have a culture that takes the disruptive and dehumanizing aspects of […]

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Britain’s big squeeze: ‘This Is All We Can Afford’: Shrinking Lives in the English Countryside

ALSTON, England — It was not until Trevor Robinson received a letter notifying him of a missed appointment at the hospital that he realized he had not spoken to another human being in more than six weeks. Mr. Robinson, a 77-year-old retired landscape gardener, had spent most of that time alone, sitting on his favorite […]

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Homelessness Is Not a Crime

Denver received national attention this week after voters there passed Initiative 301 to decriminalize hallucinogenic mushrooms. The result of Initiative 300, which would have repealed the city’s ban on public camping and sleeping under a blanket, passed with almost no notice beyond the local press. Initiative 300’s proponents described it as a “right to survive” […]

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Fixes: Baby Steps Toward Guaranteed Incomes and Racial Justice

Last of three articles. This Sunday, all over America, little hands will prepare trays with bowls of cereal and small glasses of orange juice. They will leave trails of well-intentioned milk behind them as they approach tired, smiling moms in rumpled beds. It’s all pretty cute. And very much a departure from the daily reality […]

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U.N. Issues Urgent Warning on the Growing Peril of Drug-Resistant Infections

With more and more common medications losing their ability to fight dangerous infections, and few new drugs in the pipeline, the world is facing an imminent crisis that could lead to millions of deaths, a surge in global poverty and an even wider gap between rich and poor countries, the United Nations warned in a […]

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Poor People’s Privacy Can’t Be an Afterthought

One of the tragic ironies of the digital age is this: Despite the fact that low-income Americans have experienced a long history of disproportionate surveillance, their unique privacy and security concerns are rarely visible in Washington and Silicon Valley. As my colleague Michele Gilman has noted, the poor often bear the burden of both ends […]

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Fixes: Closing the Racial Wealth Gap

First of three articles. In her 2018 book, “Give People Money,” the journalist Annie Lowrey delivered a stinging criticism of the ways in which the United States has essentially won the race to the bottom when it comes to distribution of wealth: “We tolerate levels of poverty that are grotesque and entirely unique among developed […]

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Central American Farmers Head to the U.S., Fleeing Climate Change

CORQUÍN, Honduras — The farmer stood in his patch of forlorn coffee plants, their leaves sick and wilted, the next harvest in doubt. Last year, two of his brothers and a sister, desperate to find a better way to survive, abandoned their small coffee farms in this mountainous part of Honduras and migrated north, eventually […]

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A Fire Killed 10 Boys in Brazil, and Exposed the Underbelly of the Soccer Business

RIO DE JANEIRO — Even in death the haggling went on. Christian Esmério was going to be the one — his family had been sure of it. He was 15 and towering, a soccer player with an easy smile that belied his prowess between the goal posts. Already there was talk of contracts, and of […]

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Photos of Life in ‘Portugal’s Toughest Neighborhood’

This article originally appeared on VICE Portugal. Just a few miles from the center of Lisbon—where millions of tourists a year are helping to fuel rapid gentrification—the city’s 6 de Maio neighborhood is slowly dying out. For decades, 6 de Maio has been mythicized as a place so dangerous and ungovernable that even the police […]

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Imran Khan Calls for Vast Anti-Poverty Plan, but Money Is Tight

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Prime Minister Imran Khan of Pakistan has introduced an ambitious poverty alleviation plan that he says would help the country’s poorest gain better access to health care, education, and employment. Mr. Khan said his government would allocate 80 billion rupees — more than half a billion dollars — for an anti-poverty plan […]

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‘Privacy Is Becoming a Luxury’: What Data Leaks Are Like for the Poor

When Jayne checked her email on the morning of February 13, she didn’t expect to find anything particularly exciting. The 34-year-old, who asked her real name be withheld out of fear that speaking out could affect her housing benefits, was enjoying a rare moment of relative peace on a snow day in a household with […]

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