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The Limits of Liberal History | Current Affairs
Review of 'These Truths: A history of the United States' by Jill Lepore
book  review  history  america  labor 
7 days ago by tsuomela
The new gilded age: Income inequality in the U.S. by state, metropolitan area, and county | Economic Policy Institute
"This report, our fourth such analysis,1 focuses on trends in income inequality. It uses the latest available data to examine how the top 1 percent and the bottom 99 percent in each state have fared over the years 1917–2015 and to provide a snapshot of top incomes in 2015 by county and metropolitan area."
income-distribution  income  inequality  america  economics 
july 2018 by tsuomela
Coming Apart? Cultural Distances in the United States over Time
"We analyze temporal trends in cultural distance between groups in the US defined by income, education, gender, race, and political ideology. We measure cultural distance between two groups as the ability to infer an individual's group based on his or her (i) media consumption, (ii) consumer behavior, (iii) time use, or (iv) social attitudes. Gender difference in time use decreased between 1965 and 1995 and has remained constant since. Differences in social attitudes by political ideology and income have increased over the last four decades. Whites and non-whites have converged somewhat on attitudes but have diverged in consumer behavior. For all other demographic divisions and cultural dimensions, cultural distance has been broadly constant over time."
american-studies  america  culture  culture-war  class  partisanship 
july 2018 by tsuomela
The Persistence of Whitewashing | The New Republic
"DENMARK VESEY’S GARDEN: SLAVERY AND MEMORY IN THE CRADLE OF THE CONFEDERACY by Ethan J. Kytle and Blain RobertsThe New Press, 464 pp., $28.99"
book  review  american-studies  america  history  race  slavery  memory 
may 2018 by tsuomela
Normcore | Dissent Magazine
"How Democracies Die by Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt Penguin Random House, 2018, 320 pp. The People Versus Democracy: Why Our Freedom is in Danger and How to Save It by Yascha Mounk Harvard University Press, 2018, 400 pp. Trumpocracy: The Corruption of the American Republic by David Frum Harper Collins, 2018, 320 pp. Antipluralism: The Populist Threat to Liberal Democracy by William A. Galston Yale University Press, 2018, 176 pp. One Nation After Trump: A Guide for the Perplexed, the Disillusioned, the Desperate, and the Not-Yet-Deported by E.J. Dionne Jr., Norman J. Ornstein, and Thomas E. Mann St. Martin’s Press, 2017, 354 pp."
books  review  democracy  political-science  america  norms 
may 2018 by tsuomela
How Fast Food Chains Supersized Inequality | New Republic
"Supersizing Urban America: How Inner Cities Got Fast Food With Government Help by Chin JouUniversity of Chicago Press, 248 pp., $25.00"
book  review  race  america  food  health  government  market-failure 
august 2017 by tsuomela
Who Are the New Yuppies? | New Republic
"THE SUM OF SMALL THINGS by Elizabeth Currid-Halkett Princeton University Press, 272 pp., $29.95 THE COMPLACENT CLASS by Tyler Cowen Columbia University Press, 128 pp., $26.00"
book  review  class  america  innovation  inequality  signals 
august 2017 by tsuomela
We Have Been Here Before | Easily Distracted
A useful review of the past 60 years of controversy over college speakers.
political-correctness  college  speech  campus  controversy  activism  history  america 
april 2017 by tsuomela
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