Minasuk/ May 25, 2016/ Uncategorized

What is neoliberalism? | Boing Boing | April 2016 Neoliberalism is the ideology of Hayek, Friedman, Reagan, Thatcher, Pinochet, Mulroney and the other business-lionizing, union-bashing, greed-is-good politicians who effectively took over the world in the early 1980s, when Thatcher famously declared “There is no alternative.” Though the early adherents of neoliberalism used the term proudly to describe themselves, as neoliberalism

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Minasuk/ March 13, 2016/ Uncategorized

Middle Class Shrinks Further as More Fall Out Instead of Climbing Up | New York Times | January 2015 The middle class that President Obama identified in his State of the Union speech last week as the foundation of the American economy has been shrinking for almost half a century. Also check out the interactive graphic: http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2015/01/25/upshot/shrinking-middle-class.html

Minasuk/ December 22, 2015/ Uncategorized

Democratizing education? Examining access and usage patterns in massive open online courses | Science | December 2015 Abstract:  Massive open online courses (MOOCs) are often characterized as remedies to educational disparities related to social class. Using data from 68 MOOCs offered by Harvard and MIT between 2012 and 2014, we found that course participants from the United States tended to

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Minasuk/ November 6, 2015/ Uncategorized

Goodbye Middle Class: 51 Percent Of All American Workers Make Less Than 30,000 Dollars A Year | Washington’s Blog | October 2015 38 percent of all American workers made less than $20,000 last year. 51 percent of all American workers made less than $30,000 last year. 62 percent of all American workers made less than $40,000 last year. 71 percent

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Minasuk/ April 25, 2015/ Uncategorized

What is it like to be poor at an Ivy League school? | Boston Globe | April 2015 High-achieving, low-income students, often the first in their families to attend college, struggle to feel they belong on elite campuses.

Minasuk/ October 13, 2014/ Uncategorized

In a Hell, but in It Together: The Social Split Between TV and Movie Dystopias | New York Times | October 2014 Dystopian parables like “The Walking Dead,” where zombies rule the earth, are an increasingly fashionable genre of entertainment, but the degree of apocalyptic pessimism is very different depending on the size of the screen. The dividing line between

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Minasuk/ October 6, 2014/ Uncategorized

The Walmart Heirs Are Worth More Than Everyone in Your City Combined | Mother Jones | October 2014 Back in the ‘80s, their wealth was the equivalent of a small town. Now it’s a major metropolis. In 1983, the Walton family’s net worth was $2.15 billion, equivalent to the net worth of 61,992 average American families, about the population of

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Minasuk/ October 3, 2014/ Uncategorized

“American dream” is now a myth: How bad policies and worse ideology ruined us | Salon | September 2014 Once upon a time, Americans assumed they’d do better than their parents had. Here’s why that’s all gone away.