The hottest Inequality Substack posts right now

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Freddie deBoer β€’ 6679 implied HN points β€’ 28 Feb 24
  1. Consider the impact of your actions on the most vulnerable people in society.
  2. Question the true purpose and effectiveness of initiatives claiming to fight racism.
  3. Reflect on whether efforts towards diversity and inclusion are truly benefiting marginalized communities.
Robert Reich β€’ 12402 implied HN points β€’ 01 Feb 24
  1. A new tax bill aims to reduce child poverty by giving benefits to poor kids and the rich.
  2. The bill would help around 16 million children and boost the incomes of the top 1% quite a lot.
  3. While commendable for pulling children out of poverty, the bill also includes tax breaks that heavily benefit the wealthiest Americans.
Where's Your Ed At β€’ 25075 implied HN points β€’ 19 Oct 23
  1. Marc Andreessen wants to portray himself as a victim despite his immense success and wealth.
  2. Andreessen promotes a vision of continuous technological advancement, but his actions and investments often prioritize maintaining the status quo.
  3. Andreessen's manifesto is filled with contradictions and hypocrisy, advocating libertarian economic thinking while benefiting from government intervention.
New Means β€’ 2771 implied HN points β€’ 17 Jan 24
  1. Child labor violations have increased by 50% in 2023, resulting in tragic accidents and deaths of young workers.
  2. Multiple state legislatures are working to weaken child labor laws, allowing kids to work longer hours in dangerous jobs.
  3. The push for child labor is tied to capitalist interests seeking to further exploit and profit off of vulnerable populations, including children.
Caitlin’s Newsletter β€’ 1434 implied HN points β€’ 10 Feb 24
  1. Israel preparing for assault in Rafah, pushing Gazans into a dire situation.
  2. Australian foreign minister admits cutting UNRWA funding without evidence of claims.
  3. Questioning the freedom that capitalism gives, highlighting societal injustices and the possibility of a better world.
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cryptoeconomy β€’ 1434 implied HN points β€’ 09 Feb 24
  1. Immigrants do not necessarily solve labor shortages because they bring their own demand for various services and jobs.
  2. Immigration can lead to lower wages, depending on the skills of the immigrants being admitted into the country.
  3. The argument that immigration is needed to address labor shortages is often contested by voters who see other issues like welfare, crime, and decreasing wages.
Sparks from Culture by David Roberts β€’ 1709 implied HN points β€’ 27 Jan 24
  1. Wealth envy is prevalent in society due to comparisons with the lifestyles of the wealthy.
  2. There is a significant increase in economic inequality, with the top 0.1% of households controlling a large portion of American wealth.
  3. Invidious comparisons of wealth can lead to dissatisfaction and rob us of gratitude for what we have.
The Liberal Patriot β€’ 1238 implied HN points β€’ 02 Feb 24
  1. Economic inequality has worsened since the 1980s impacting many working Americans.
  2. The decline in two-parent households among lower-income families has led to increased inequality and social mobility issues.
  3. Improving economic prospects for less-educated men could positively impact childhood outcomes and overall development standards.
After Babel β€’ 2081 implied HN points β€’ 21 Dec 23
  1. The oppressor/victim mindset divides people into two categories and justifies resistance from victim groups against oppressor groups.
  2. Teaching intersectionality may unintentionally activate ancient tribal tendencies, leading to an us-versus-them mentality on college campuses.
  3. Some current theoretical approaches in universities may hyper-activate tribal instincts, even if not intended by professors, fostering division instead of inclusion.
Geopolitical Economy Report β€’ 1076 implied HN points β€’ 18 Jan 24
  1. The top 1% own a significant portion of global wealth, while billions of workers have seen a decline in their financial well-being.
  2. The wealth of the five richest billionaires doubled since 2020, while a large percentage of humanity experienced a decrease in wealth according to Oxfam.
  3. Inequality is stark between the Global North and South, with the economic system perpetuating disparities, reminiscent of a new form of colonialism.
Brad DeLong's Grasping Reality β€’ 315 implied HN points β€’ 29 Feb 24
  1. In a society with structural racism, even a good meritocratic system can unfairly advantage privileged groups and disadvantage marginalized ones.
  2. Meritocratic tests can also perpetuate structural racism, leading to unfair outcomes in job selection.
  3. Choosing the best people for a job involves considering and addressing structural racism in both access to resources and the testing process.
Lean Out with Tara Henley β€’ 530 implied HN points β€’ 11 Feb 24
  1. The podcast discussion explores the idea of Canada facing multiple crises - from economic issues like the housing crisis and the opioid crisis to political challenges such as debacles in government policies and ethics scandals.
  2. The conversation delves into the impact of economic instability and economic precarity, especially driven by the housing crisis, on society and individuals in Canada, leading to a sense of decline and frustration among the populace.
  3. The dialogue sheds light on the role of the media in contributing to societal polarization and destabilization by discussing the influence of ideological trends like 'identitarian moralism' and the lack of diverse opinions in the media landscape.
The Ankler β€’ 569 implied HN points β€’ 03 Feb 24
  1. Los Angeles' private schools are becoming more competitive with an increased focus on rebranding and marketing.
  2. Private schools in Los Angeles are facing challenges such as demographic shifts, DEI curriculum overhauls, and mental health issues among students.
  3. The private school market in Los Angeles remains competitive, with parents heavily investing in the admissions process and schools needing to navigate the needs of both parents and students.
eugyppius: a plague chronicle β€’ 109 implied HN points β€’ 12 Mar 24
  1. Immigration throughout history has often resulted in serious disadvantages for the indigenous populations of destination lands.
  2. European elites have pursued liberalized immigration policies that may lead to Europeans becoming minorities in their own native lands.
  3. Mass migration is changing European societies and raising concerns about the future cultural and demographic landscape of Europe.
Glenn Loury β€’ 4068 implied HN points β€’ 25 Jun 23
  1. A controversy at Brown University surrounding systemic racism sparked a debate on freedom of expression.
  2. Glenn Loury, a black conservative economist, argues against claims of systemic racism at Brown and presents his scholarly contributions.
  3. Loury emphasizes the need to address racial inequality without undermining academic freedom.
Rod’s Blog β€’ 496 implied HN points β€’ 08 Jan 24
  1. AI is a disruptive technology with potential benefits like efficiency and innovation, but it also comes with challenges such as job displacement and inequality.
  2. AI's impact on the job market will be significant in the coming years, leading to changes and challenges that need to be addressed.
  3. It is important to prepare for the changes that AI will bring to the job market by staying informed and proactive in adapting to new skills and technologies.
Brad DeLong's Grasping Reality β€’ 468 implied HN points β€’ 31 Dec 23
  1. America is much more unequal today, especially in terms of economic class when compared to 1960.
  2. There is uncertainty around the rise in inequality numbers, with conflicting calculations from different sources.
  3. The sociology of inequality changes in America since 1960 is seen as equally important as the economic aspect.
DARK FUTURA β€’ 2555 implied HN points β€’ 28 Jun 23
  1. The societal burden of 'wokeism' and DEI policies is increasing and affecting various aspects of society.
  2. The push for diversity and inclusion is leading to a decline in competence and proficiency in different industries.
  3. Merit-based hiring should be prioritized over identity-based hiring to ensure competency and safety in critical operations.
Β‘Do Not Panic! β€’ 628 implied HN points β€’ 30 Nov 23
  1. A lot is being done about climate change, but it's not branded as climate policy.
  2. Climate policy is more about prioritizing industry profits, nationalism, and order maintenance than cutting fossil fuel emissions.
  3. Under capitalist climate policy, there's an incentive to weaken collective structures and increase private provisions for safety.
Sustainability by numbers β€’ 168 implied HN points β€’ 05 Feb 24
  1. Global energy demand in 2050 could be lower due to decarbonisation leading to efficiency gains
  2. Final energy use per person is projected to decrease with increased decarbonisation
  3. Electricity demand will rise significantly with the electrification of transport and heating
Brad DeLong's Grasping Reality β€’ 76 implied HN points β€’ 25 Feb 24
  1. The shift from gatherer-hunter lifestyles to farming and domestication of animals may have contributed to the emergence of enduring economic inequality.
  2. Increased civilizational complexity led to a rise in potential wealth inequalities, possibly through factors like tools, farm implements, domesticated animals, serfdom, and slavery.
  3. Exploring the dimensions of wealth acquisition and accumulation, such as tools, farmstead implements, animals, serfdom, and slavery, can help understand the expansion of possible wealth inequalities.
donaldjeffries β€’ 1592 implied HN points β€’ 03 Jun 23
  1. Many Americans still believe in American exceptionalism, but the reality may indicate otherwise.
  2. The level of tyranny and corruption in America has reached surreal levels, possibly surpassing the repressive regimes of the past.
  3. The current state of America is described as exceptionally corrupt, tyrannical, and incompetent, challenging the notions of freedom and democracy.
The Mill β€’ 766 implied HN points β€’ 16 Sep 23
  1. Michaela Ali, a pregnant health worker, has been living in hotels due to her rat-infested flat for over a year.
  2. Despite complaints to the housing association, Riverside, Michaela has felt powerless and unmoored in trying to make her living situation habitable.
  3. The experience has left Michaela feeling hopeless and untrusting, highlighting the challenges faced by social housing tenants in getting their living conditions improved.
American Inequality β€’ 628 implied HN points β€’ 04 Oct 23
  1. US saw largest one-year increase in poverty rate in history, with child poverty doubling last year
  2. Inflation and increased cost of living contributed to the rise in poverty levels
  3. The White House and President Biden blamed congressional Republicans for the rise in child poverty, emphasizing the importance of support programs like EITC and CTC in reducing poverty
American Inequality β€’ 393 implied HN points β€’ 15 Nov 23
  1. Diabetes is a significant health issue affecting millions of Americans.
  2. Systemic inequalities contribute to the prevalence of diabetes, especially in minority and low-income communities.
  3. Improving access to healthcare, addressing cultural competency, and promoting healthy nutrition can help in preventing and managing diabetes.
Geopolitical Economy Report β€’ 598 implied HN points β€’ 28 Sep 23
  1. Poverty in Puerto Rico is on the rise, with over two-fifths of the population and nearly three-fifths of children living in poor households.
  2. Despite more people being employed, poverty continues to worsen in Puerto Rico.
  3. The US colonial status of Puerto Rico has contributed to its extremely high poverty rates and income disparities compared to the rest of the United States.
New Means β€’ 1375 implied HN points β€’ 07 May 23
  1. The killing of Jordan Neely sheds light on systemic issues like lack of care for the homeless and mentally ill, capitalism, and white supremacy.
  2. There is a growing movement of people advocating for care over violence, housing over incarceration, and support over demonization.
  3. We must fight for a world where everyone's needs are met, where compassion is given, and where we work towards a better future for all.
Drezner’s World β€’ 864 implied HN points β€’ 21 Jun 23
  1. The New York Times article on globalization was criticized for lacking evidence and exaggerating vulnerabilities
  2. Globalization has contributed to reducing global inequality, particularly due to the economic rise of China
  3. Fears about the negative impacts of global supply chains during the pandemic were largely exaggerated
The Carousel β€’ 28 implied HN points β€’ 06 Mar 24
  1. The concept of 'woke racism' highlights situations where discrimination occurs under the guise of being progressive or equitable.
  2. The text discusses how certain corporations, like Google, have faced criticism for discriminatory practices towards white individuals, despite claims of promoting diversity and inclusivity.
  3. There is a criticism of the idea that anti-racism can sometimes exhibit behaviors that are essentially racist, such as discriminating against individuals based on their race.