Poverty and inequality in America

The UN special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Philip Alston, has been investigating the situation in the US as part of his official role as world monitor on the subject. His research, and his report, provide an important snapshot on the state of America today. His conclusions are shocking warnings of the direction being pursued by the world’s most powerful nation.

Read Philip Alston’s report and watch the video. What do you think?

I think this crisis predates President Donald Trump, predates President Barack Obama, predates President George Bush, and predates President Bill Clinton. This crisis goes back 500 years, to the arrival of the first Europeans to the “New World.” If we don’t reexamine American history critically, we have no hope. But if we relearn our history, we have amazing possibilities. We need opportunities for serendipity (who you meet/where), collisions, and conversations, and exploration of what it means to be an “American.” I am feeling optimistic today.

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