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    How Cryptocurrency Can Help Alleviate Global Poverty

    Leverage new technology to create equality. The numbers are staggering. Today, roughly 3 billion people around the world live on less than $2.50 a day. On average, at least 9 million people die each year from starvation—and that’s a conservative estimate. Meanwhile, the rise of Internet ...

    Trickle-Down Gentrification Won’t Solve Housing Crisis

    Shelter is a basic human need—nobody argues that. Developers in urban cities, however, increasingly treat housing like a commodity when employing gentrification, often justified by its intended “trickle-down” effects.The argument is that once luxury condominiums are built, the truly ...

    Visions of Sochi

    Making sense of Russia’s Olympic resort. Sochi seems like a weird place. With the Winter Olympics beginning at the Black Sea resort last week, Western correspondents have uncovered everything from murderous gangsters to toothpaste terrorists to the hundreds of stray dogs that call the city ...

    How to Win the War on Poverty

      Welfare programs have long attacked the symptoms of poverty. What if we targeted the roots? Last month, progressives celebrated the 50th anniversary of Lyndon Johnson’s declaration of War on Poverty. In January 1964 Johnson laid out an ambitious set of programs that have helped countless ...

    The Hunger Cliff

     Deep cuts in the safety net have enabled a man-made disaster of food insecurity. Four years after the recession official ended, hunger in America is reaching a new level of crisis. With millions of Americans stuck in poverty and Congress shredding every bit of the safety net they can find, ...

    The Revolution Doesn’t Need a Permit: An Interview with Keith McHenry

    The Food Not Bombs cofounder on justice, community, and the radical idea of sharing.  Back in 1980, while Keith McHenry was working for a moving company in Boston, he came across a poster of children climbing on a jungle gym. A caption read, It will be a great day when the schools get all the ...

    Starhawk: My State of the Union

    How could the State of the Union message reflect deeper values of equality and compassion for those in need? In a call to action, Starhawk demonstrates how to make that message a reality.During Obama’s State of the Union message, I was scheduled to give a talk at Northern Arizona University ...

    The Inequality Debate We Should Be Having

    One of the ironies of American political culture is that in such an overwhelmingly urban and increasingly nonwhite society, issues of poverty, segregation, and race rarely figure into presidential races in a meaningful way. Listening to campaign rhetoric, it’s hard to find evidence that ...

    Biking Route 66: Crockpot 08.03.12

    Our online guide to what you may have missed this week. The new transpo bill may be disappointing for cyclists, but that doesn’t stop more and more people from getting interested in biking. And increasingly, that means universities and think tanks, says Pacific Standard. Ideas like ...

    Apologies to Mexico

    This post originally appeared on Tom Dispatch. Dear Mexico, I apologize. There are so many things I could apologize for, from the way the U.S. biotech corporation Monsanto has contaminated your corn to the way Arizona and Alabama are persecuting your citizens, but right now I’d like to ...

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