Dream Hoarders

Author: Richard V. Reeves
Publisher: Brookings Institution Press
ISBN: 9780815729136
Release Date: 2017-05-23
Genre: Social Science

America is becoming a class-based society. It is now conventional wisdom to focus on the wealth of the top 1 percent—especially the top 0.01 percent—and how the ultra-rich are concentrating income and prosperity while incomes for most other Americans are stagnant. But the most important, consequential, and widening gap in American society is between the upper middle class and everyone else. Reeves defines the upper middle class as those whose incomes are in the top 20 percent of American society. Income is not the only way to measure a society, but in a market economy it is crucial because access to money generally determines who gets the best quality education, housing, health care, and other necessary goods and services. As Reeves shows, the growing separation between the upper middle class and everyone else can be seen in family structure, neighborhoods, attitudes, and lifestyle. Those at the top of the income ladder are becoming more effective at passing on their status to their children, reducing overall social mobility. The result is not just an economic divide but a fracturing of American society along class lines. Upper-middle-class children become upper-middle-class adults. These trends matter because the separation and perpetuation of the upper middle class corrode prospects for more progressive approaches to policy. Various forms of “opportunity hoarding” among the upper middle class make it harder for others to rise up to the top rung. Examples include zoning laws and schooling, occupational licensing, college application procedures, and the allocation of internships. Upper-middle-class opportunity hoarding, Reeves argues, results in a less competitive economy as well as a less open society. Inequality is inevitable and can even be good, within limits. But Reeves argues that society can take effective action to reduce opportunity hoarding and thus promote broader opportunity. This fascinating book shows how American society has become the very class-defined society that earlier Americans rebelled against—and what can be done to restore a more equitable society.

Greenglass House

Author: Kate Milford
Publisher: Verlag Freies Geistesleben
ISBN: 9783772541131
Release Date: 2016-10-07
Genre: Fiction

Greenglass House ist nicht irgendein Gasthaus. Es hat im Laufe der Jahre viele Schmuggler beherbergt und ist nur per Standseilbahn zu erreichen. Warum kommen dort mitten im tiefsten Winter lauter seltsame Gäste an? Milo, der chinesische Adoptivsohn der Pines, die das Gasthaus führen, glaubt nicht an einen Zufall – wer könnte das auch bei so vielen rätselhaften Diebstählen? So beginnt er seine Detektivarbeit ... Zusammen mit Meddy, der Tochter der Köchin, entschlüsselt Milo die Hinweise und löst beharrlich die Fäden des sich verdichtenden Gewebes von Geheimnissen. Wenn es ihnen gelingt, die Wahrheit über Greenglass House aufzudecken, erfahren sie vielleicht auch etwas über sich selbst. – So vielen originellen, mysteriösen Personen wie hier begegnet man selten in einem Buch.

The Retreat of Western Liberalism

Author: Edward Luce
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 9781408710395
Release Date: 2017-04-21
Genre: Business & Economics

In his widely acclaimed book Time to Start Thinking, Financial Times columnist and commentator Edward Luce charted the course of American economic and geopolitical decline, proving to be a prescient voice on our current social and political turmoil. In The Retreat of Western Liberalism, Luce makes a larger statement about the weakening of western hegemony and the crisis of democratic liberalism - of which Donald Trump and his European counterparts are not the cause, but a symptom. Luce argues that we are on a menacing trajectory brought about by ignorance of what it took to build the West, arrogance towards society's losers, and complacency about our system's durability - attitudes that have been emerging since the fall of the Berlin Wall, treated by the West as an absolute triumph over the East. We cannot move forward without a clear diagnosis of what has gone wrong. Luce contrasts Western democratic and economic ideals, which rest on an assumption of linear progress, with more cyclical views of economic strength - symbolized by the nineteenth-century fall and present-day rise of the Chinese and Indian economies - and with the dawn of a new multipolar age. Combining on-the-ground reporting with intelligent synthesis of the vast literature already available, Luce offers a detailed projection of the consequences of the Trump administration and a forward-thinking analysis of what those who believe in enlightenment values must do to defend them from the multiple onslaughts they face in the coming years.

The Fight for Fair Housing

Author: Gregory D. Squires
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781134822874
Release Date: 2017-10-16
Genre: Architecture

The federal Fair Housing Act of 1968 was passed in a time of turmoil, conflict, and often conflagration in cities across the nation. It took the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to finally secure its passage. The Kerner Commission warned in 1968 that "to continue present policies is to make permanent the division of our country into two societies; one largely Negro and poor, located in the central cities; the other, predominantly white and affluent, located in the suburbs and outlying areas". The Fair Housing Act was passed with a dual mandate: to end discrimination and to dismantle the segregated living patterns that characterized most cities. The Fight for Fair Housing tells us what happened, why, and what remains to be done. Since the passage of the Fair Housing Act, the many forms of housing discrimination and segregation, and associated consequences, have been documented. At the same time, significant progress has been made in counteracting discrimination and promoting integration. Few suburbs today are all white; many people of color are moving to the suburbs; and some white families are moving back to the city. Unfortunately, discrimination and segregation persist. The Fight for Fair Housing brings together the nation’s leading fair housing activists and scholars (many of whom are in both camps) to tell the stories that led to the passage of the Fair Housing Act, its consequences, and the implications of the act going forward. Including an afterword by Walter Mondale, this book is intended for everyone concerned with the future of our cities and equal access for all persons to housing and related opportunities.

The U S Labor Market

Author: Michael R. Strain
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9780844750095
Release Date: 2016-10-07
Genre: Political Science

Public policy is rightly concerned with fostering a vibrant labor market in which individuals can earn their own success, realize their potential, and enjoy the dignity that hard work provides. But public policy faces serious challenges in today’s labor market: low workforce participation and high unemployment among many Americans, technological innovation, globalization, persistent poverty, education and training, and public policy’s unintended consequences are just a few. Which characteristics of today’s labor market demand attention? Which are simply realities to be accepted? And how should policy respond? Asking the right questions is a good place to start, and this volume asks some of the most important: Should we be concerned about economic mobility and inequality? What is the relationship between productivity and compensation, immigrants and native workers, public policy and labor supply, and corporate taxes and employment? How can we make work pay, and build workers’ skills? What can be done for workers who are difficult to employ? A competitive market in ideas is the best mechanism to understand the world, and to find the best solutions to problems. This volume makes manifest that proposition, answering each of the questions outlined above—twice, with two papers authored by economists. Each paper offers a different point of view and a different emphasis. This volume will inform policy for many years to come, helping to move policy in a direction that will better allow all of us to contribute, and to lead lives of fulfillment through work.

Stone Rider

Author: David Hofmeyr
Publisher: Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag
ISBN: 9783423430241
Release Date: 2016-09-23
Genre: Juvenile Fiction

Der Blackwater-Trail: Ein Rennen auf Leben und Tod. Es ist heiß und trocken, die Luft staubig und giftig, der ganze Planet zerstört und verödet, das Leben hart und karg. Doch es gibt einen Ort, wo alles anders ist: die Sky-Base. Und man kann sich ein Ticket dorthin verdienen, indem man an dem berüchtigten Blackwater-Trail, dem härtesten Motorradrennen der Welt, teilnimmt – überlebt und gewinnt. Die Chancen: minimal. Das Risiko: lebensgefährlich. Und doch hat Adam nicht viel zu verlieren. Zunächst. Doch dann geht er wider besseren Wissens Allianzen ein, schließt Freundschaften, verliebt sich sogar. Damit macht er sich verwundbar. Und plötzlich hat er alles zu verlieren...

Hillbilly Elegie

Author: J. D. Vance
Publisher: Ullstein Buchverlage
ISBN: 9783843715775
Release Date: 2017-04-07
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

Armut und Chaos, Resignation und Gewalt, Drogen und Alkohol: In diesem Teufelskreis befinden sich viele weiße Arbeiterfamilien in den USA – entfremdet von der politischen Führung, abgehängt vom Rest der Gesellschaft und damit anfällig für die einfachen Lösungen von Populisten. Früher konnten sich die „Hillbillys“, die weißen Fabrikarbeiter etwa aus Ohio oder Kentucky, erhoffen, kraft ihrer Arbeit zu bescheidenem Wohlstand zu kommen. Doch spätestens gegen Ende des 20sten Jahrhunderts zog der Niedergang der alten Industrien auch die Arbeiterfamilien in eine Abwärtsspirale, aus der die meisten bis heute keinen Ausweg finden. J. D. Vance ist es anhand der Geschichte seiner Familie wie keinem anderen gelungen, diese ausweglose Situation und die Krise einer ganzen Gesellschaft eindrücklich zu schildern. Sein Buch bewegte Millionen von Lesern in den USA und erklärt nicht zuletzt den Wahltriumph eines Donald Trump.

Los de adelante corren mucho

Author: Carlos Elizondo Mayer-Serra
Publisher: Debate
ISBN: 9786073158206
Release Date: 2017-10-20
Genre: Political Science

¿Por qué América es la región más desigual del mundo? ¿Qué explica esta injusta realidad? Todos somos iguales, ¿pero por qué algunos son más iguales que otros? En México -y de hecho en todo el continente americano- la desigualdad ha permitido a unos pocos miles de hombres (rara vez son mujeres) dominar las decisiones políticas y económicas. Las élites han modelado la historia para asegurarse el poder, el dinero y, con frecuencia, la impunidad. Hay momentos históricos en los que cambian las élites. La desigualdad permanece. ¿Cómo se conforman las clases dominantes y qué principios las rigen? ¿Cuáles son sus contradicciones? ¿Por qué se pelean y de qué modo se intercambian favores? ¿Cuándo se les imponen límites y cómo se relacionan con el resto de la sociedad? El examen profundo de las oligarquías exige poner bajo la lupa la idea misma de igualdad, para descubrir que es un concepto más problemático de lo que parece a primera vista. Definirla ya es un reto; determinar sus alcances, una labor con hondas implicaciones éticas y políticas. Esta obra acepta el desafío y explica por qué los de adelante corren mucho, y los de atrás...

Alle Menschen sind gleich erfolgreiche nicht

Author: Amy Chua
Publisher: Campus Verlag
ISBN: 9783593501178
Release Date: 2014-03-01
Genre: Political Science

Warum sind Einwanderer aus China und dem Iran Gewinnertypen und die aus anderen Nationen oft nicht? »Tigermutter« Amy Chua und ihr Mann Jed Rubenfeld haben eine überraschende Antwort. Erfolg hat, wer drei Dinge mit auf den Weg bekommt: das Gefühl kollektiver Überlegenheit, gepaart mit einer tiefen Unsicherheit gegenüber der neuen Gesellschaft und nicht zuletzt einer guten Portion Selbstdisziplin. Das Gute: Das Erfolgsprinzip ist kulturell geprägt, aber dennoch übertragbar und kann uns auch hierzulande eine Lehre sein. Vorausgesetzt, wir haben den nötigen Biss!

Life

Author: Keith Richards
Publisher: Eremit Allen
ISBN: 9783453163034
Release Date: 2010
Genre: Rock musicians

Autobiography of the guitarist, songwriter, singer, and founding member of the Rolling Stones, Keith Richards. With the Rolling Stones, Keith Richards lived the original rock and roll life. He tells his story of life in the crossfire hurricane; his listening obsessively to Chuck Berry and Muddy Waters records, learning guitar and forming a band with Mick Jagger and Brian Jones, the Rolling Stones' first fame and the notorious drug busts that led to his enduring image as outlaw folk hero, creating immortal riffs like the ones in "Jumping Jack Flash" and "Honky Tonk Women." He discusses falling in love with Anita Pallenberg and the death of Brian Jones, his tax exile in France, wildfire tours of the U.S., isolation and addiction, as well as falling in love with Patti Hansen, and his bitter estrangement from Jagger and subsequent reconciliation. He talks about his marriage, family, solo albums and Xpensive Winos; the road that goes on forever.

Race against the machine

Author: Andrew Mcafee
Publisher: Plassen Verlag
ISBN: 9783864702365
Release Date: 2014-12-15
Genre: Business & Economics

Inzwischen hat der Mensch das Rennen gegen die Maschine auch auf Gebieten verloren, die noch vor zehn Jahren als Domäne des Menschen galten - mit positiven wie negativen Folgen. Gehen wir mit den Maschinen anstatt gegen sie ins Rennen, können wir die Welt nachhaltig besser und gerechter machen. Dazu liefern die Autoren konkrete Handlungsanweisungen für Politik und Gesellschaft.