From below come equally powerful challenges: from would-be breakaway nations, such as the Catalans and the Scots, from Indian states, from American city mayors. All are trying to reclaim power from national governments. There are also a host of what Moisés Naim, of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, calls “micro-powers”, such as NGOs and lobbyists, which are disrupting traditional politics and making life harder for democratic and autocratic leaders alike. The internet makes it easier to o
Assuming that the mother had a healthy and calm pregnancy, if we swapped the black male born to any teenager living in the typical urban jungle, with the male infant born to a white teen whose parents both were pulling down six-figure incomes and living in some plush suburb, twenty-one years later, which young man would be most likely to be hustling dope on some city street corner, and which would be close to graduation from a prestigious college? Don’t talk to me about outcomes that young adults produce
Brownmiller was not alone in failing to challenge racist assumptions about rape, with the consequence of reproducing them. Davis strongly criticizes 1970s-era white feminists for neglecting to integrate an analysis of racism with the theory and practice of combating rape: “During the contemporary anti-rape movement, few feminist theorists seriously analyzed the special circumstances surrounding the Black woman as rape victim. The historical knot binding Black women—systematically abused and violated by
Income provides a cleaner instrument with which to dissect the distribution, however, since it is easier to over time and compare objectively. Income is also an example of what the bringing other benefits along with it.
Hyperbole, of course. But there is certainly cause for concern. Salam points to the successful rebellion against President Obama’s plans to curb 529 college savings plans, which essentially amount to a tax giveaway to the upper middle class. While the politics of the reform were badly bungled, it was indeed a reminder that the American upper middle class knows how to take care of itself. Efforts to increase redistribution, or loosen licensing laws, or free up housing markets, or reform school admissions c