Brookings Fellow Richard Reeves explores inequality and opportunity in America with Legos, using them to explain the chances for economic success of American…
Listen to C. Wright Mills’ resonant voice: “You must not expect me to provide A Balanced View. I am not a sociological book-keeper. Moreover, “balanced views” are now usually surface views which rest upon the homogeneous absence of imagination and the passive avoidance of reflection. A balanced view is usually.. merely a vague point of equilibrium between platitudes… I feel no need for, and indeed am incapable of arranging for you, a lyric upsurge, a cheerful little pat on the moral back.”
This is a recorded excerpt from Mills’ lecture “The Fourth Epoch: Culture and Politics” given at LSE in 1958, that was published later with changes.
Voice record (about 3 min): http://cwrightmills.org
The full text: here http://culturalapparatus.wordpress.com, or here www.public.iastate.edu/~carlos/607/readings/mills.pdf
Today is Mills’ birthday- and this is our small celebration of his huge intellectual legacy of economic sociology and public sociology.
(Thank you, Jan Milch for bringing us this unique record!)
How Bill Cosby build the on-screen family of America’s dreams
“#Income #Inequality: Economic Disparities and the #MiddleClass in Affluent Countries” pays special attention to the middle class, a segment often not addressed in inequality literature. (Free access to the foreword, introduction and appendices)
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How our increasingly closed-off lives are poisoning our politics and endangering our health
Neoliberalism has influenced reproduction and birth in a myriad of ways. Much of this re-aapropriates feminist critiques, and functions to inculcate market principles into childcare…
Thousands of private nurseries are declining to accept two-year-olds from poor backgrounds, despite a £100m government initiative to extend childcare to the most deprived families. The revelation has prompted concerns that some nurseries do not want poorer children mixing with those from middle-class families, their core clientele.
There’s nothing “normal” about having a middle class. Having a middle class is a choice that a society has to make, and it’s a choice we need to make again in this generation, if we want to stop the destruction of the remnants of the last generation’s middle class.
Despite what you might read in the Wall Street Journal or see on Fox News, capitalism is not an economic system that produces a middle class. In fact, if left to its own devices, capitalism tends towards vast levels of inequality and monopoly. The natural and most stable state of capitalism actually looks a lot like the Victorian England depicted in Charles Dickens’ novels.