Unit 8-- Oppression and Democracy (part 3): Social Class and Politics

I) Assigned Readings:

  1. “Poverty Is Not Inevitable: What We Can Do Now to Turn Things Around,” Dean Paton, Yes! Magazine (Fall 2014)  
  2. "Budgets, Taxes, and Classes in America," Jack Rasmus, Z Magazine (June 2011)  
  3. “Wage Stagnation in Nine Charts,” by Lawrence Mishel, Elise Gould, and Josh Bivens, The Economic Policy Institute (January 6, 2015) 
  4. "Divided We Fall," Nicky González Yuen and Dale Weaver   
  5. "Inside the Wealth Conspiracy," Paul Pierson and Jacob Hacker, Bloomberg Business Week (Nov 22, 2010)  
  6. “How Seattle Led the Country’s Wage Revolution: Seattle's path to a $15 minimum wage is a winding tale of effective organizing, smart messaging, and blind dumb luck,” David "Goldy" Goldstein, Yes! Magazine (Fall 2014)  
  7. "The Speedup," Monika Bauerlein & Clara Jeffery, Mother Jones (July/August 2011)   
  8. "I Was a Warehouse Slave," Mac McClelland, Mother Jones (March/April 2012)   
  9. "Ripping off Young America: the College Loan Scandal," Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone (Aug 29, 2013)    (Interested in even deeper learning about this issue? Check out "The Student Loan Crisis and the Debtfare State," Susanne Soederberg in the optional readings list.)
  10. "Minimum Rage: College Grads in the Service Industry," Nona Willis Aronowitz, UTNE Reader (July 2012)     
  11. "Looting the Pension Funds" by Matt Taibi, Rolling Stone Magazine (9/26/13)  
  12. "IPS Tax Day Report: Reversing the Great Tax Shift," Chuck Collins, et al, from Common Dreams website  
  13. "Falling Through the Climate Gap: Poor Americans Suffer most from global warming," Michelle Chen, In These Times (August 2009) 
  14. "Republicans believe rich people just work harder," Laura Clawson, The Daily Kos (Jan 23, 2014)  
  15. Optional Reading - click on this link for a list of supplemental readings to deepen your knowledge

II) Video Resources

  1. "Wealth Inequality in America," YouTube video (Nov 2012)
  2. Richard Wolf- "How Class Works" animated lecture (uploaded Dec 8, 2011)
  3. "City Life/Vida Urbana" Bill Moyers Journal. Watch the video or read the transcript.
  4. Excerpt from Park Avenue: Money, Power and the American Dream, Alex Gibney, Director
  5. Film Trailer for Inequality for All, Robert Reich
  6. Speech from Senator Elizabeth Warren on Student Loan Debt 
  7. "Engineered Inequality," Jacob Hacker and Paul Pierson on Bill Moyers & Company (March 1, 2012, updated Sept 20, 2015)

III) Important Dates/Notices: