Divided: The Perils of Our Growing Inequality

Divided: The Perils of Our Growing Inequality

by David Cay Johnston (Editor)


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Divided: The Perils of Our Growing Inequality by David Cay Johnston

The issue of inequality has irrefutably returned to the fore, riding on the anger against Wall Street following the 2008 financial crisis and the concentration of economic and political power in the hands of the super–rich. The Occupy movement made the plight of the 99 percent an indelible part of the public consciousness, and concerns about inequality were a decisive factor in the 2012 presidential elections.

How bad is it? According to Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist David Cay Johnston, most Americans, in inflation–adjusted terms, are now back to the average income of 1966. Shockingly, from 2009 to 2011, the top 1 percent got 121 percent of the income gains while the bottom 99 percent saw their income fall. Yet in this most unequal of developed nations, every aspect of inequality remains hotly contested and poorly understood.

Divided collects the writings of leading scholars, activists, and journalists to provide an illuminating, multifaceted look at inequality in America, exploring its devastating implications in areas as diverse as education, justice, health care, social mobility, and political representation. Provocative and eminently readable, here is an essential resource for anyone who cares about the future of America—and compelling evidence that inequality can be ignored only at the nation’s peril.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781620970850
Publisher: New Press, The
Publication date: 08/04/2015
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 650,625
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

David Cay Johnston is an investigative journalist and the winner of a 2001 Pulitzer Prize. He is the former president of the Investigative Reporters & Editors and the author of the bestselling Perfectly Legal, Free Lunch, and The Fine Print. He teaches at Syracuse University College of Law and lives in Rochester, New York.

Table of Contents

Introduction David Cay Johnston ix

Insights on Inequality xix


Inequality and Democracy Barack Obama 1

The Vanishing Middle Class Elizabeth Warren 17

Necessaries Adam Smith 30

Income Inequality

How Gains at the Top Injure the Middle Class Robert H. Frank 35

Inequality Is Holding Back the Recovery Joseph E. Stiglitz 44

Wage Theft Kim Bobo 50

Home Depot's CEO-Size Tip Barbara Ehrenreich 65

Why Do So Many Jobs Pay So Badly? Christopher Jencks 67

In the Heart of Our Economy and Our Lives Beth Shulman 75

Household Wealth Inequality Edward N. Wolff 90

Inequality Across Generations Jared Bernstein 97

"I Didn't Do It Alone" Chuck Collins Felice Yeskel 100

Arthur A. Robertson and the 1929 Crash Studs Terkel 108

Graduates v. Oligarchs Paul Krugman 115


No Rich Child Left Behind sean f. reardon 123

Achievement Gap: Editorial Projects of the Education Research Center 130

Back to School Mike Rose 136

Educational Quality and Equality Linda Darling-Hammond 153

Health Care Inequality

Health and Income Inequalities Are Linked Richard Wilkinson 161

Unequal Quality of Care Mary E. O'Brien 165

Reducing Health Care Disparities Olveen Carrasquillo Jaime Torres 173

Universal Health Care Leo W. Gerard 180

U.S. Health Care Costs the Most-by Far David Cay Johnston 185

Inequality Kills Stephen Bezruchka 190

Debt and Poverty

Jailed for Being in Debt Chris Serres Glenn Howatt 203

America's Poverty "Tax" Gary Rivlin 211

Hunger in America Donald S. Shepard Elizabeth Setren Donna Cooper 215

Georgia's Hunger Games Neil deMause 219

Living Down to Expectations Stephen Pimpare 226


How Economics Is Biased Toward the Rich Moshe Adler 235

Don't Drink the Kool-Aid Robert Kuttner 246

Social Security Reduces Inequality-Efficiently, Effectively, and Fairly Nancy Altman Eric Kingson 250

Arguments For and Against Income Inequality Thomas L. Hungerford 260

Inequality of Hazard Frank Ackerman Lisa Heinzerling 264

A Different Kind of Epidemic Ernest Drucker 273

Prison's Dilemma Glenn C. Loury 284


Men and Their Underpaid Women David Cay Johnston 291

Race, Gender, Family Structure, and Poverty Peter Edelman 295

Employed Parents Who Can't Make a Living Lisa Dodson 305

Contributors 313

Additional Reading 319

Permissions 321

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I saw the author being interviewed on "The Daily Report" and was curious. The book offers the reader a variety of topics and people that will open your eyes to what's happening in our schools, with jobs, health care, with the level of poverty and minimum wage, along with so much more. Your level of concern given these issues and the politics impacting all of us will increase 10-fold. You'll learn more than you expected and will ask yourself the question, "where do I start, in order to have an impact for the betterment of all?"