Low-Wage Workers Are Finding Poverty Harder to Escape – NYTimes.com

Low-Wage Workers Are Finding Poverty Harder to Escape – NYTimes.com. CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — At 7 in the morning, they are already lined up — poultry plant workers, housekeepers, discount store clerks — to ask for help paying their heating bills or feeding their families. And once Metropolitan Ministries opens at 8 a.m., these workers fill … More Low-Wage Workers Are Finding Poverty Harder to Escape – NYTimes.com

Britain’s five richest families worth more than poorest 20% | Business | The Guardian

Britain’s five richest families worth more than poorest 20% | Business | The Guardian. The scale of Britain’s growing inequality is revealed by a report from a leading charity showing that the country’s five richest families now own more wealth than the poorest 20% of the population. Oxfam urged the chancellor George Osborne to use … More Britain’s five richest families worth more than poorest 20% | Business | The Guardian

The Middle Class Is Steadily Eroding. Just Ask the Business World. – NYTimes.com

The Middle Class Is Steadily Eroding. Just Ask the Business World. – NYTimes.com. In Manhattan, the upscale clothing retailer Barneys will replace the bankrupt discounter Loehmann’s, whose Chelsea store closes in a few weeks. Across the country, Olive Garden and Red Lobster restaurants are struggling, while fine-dining chains like Capital Grille are thriving. And at … More The Middle Class Is Steadily Eroding. Just Ask the Business World. – NYTimes.com

State, class and property

There is something refreshingly honest about classical political thought that much contemporary political theory – particularly liberalism – tends to obscure. In particular, classical political theorists tended to be much more straightforward in their assessments of the relationship between class, property and the state. Here are some interesting quotes from some of the heavy hitters … More State, class and property

Republicanism and the Obfuscation of Class

For a number of years now, I’ve been reading and writing about republicanism. Not the republicanism of the Republican party, but rather republican political thought. In particular, the neo-Roman republican tradition being researched so extensively by the intellectual historian Quentin Skinner and the political philosopher Philip Pettit. I can’t quite recall why or how I … More Republicanism and the Obfuscation of Class