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Conservative Think-Tank Finds Biden Tax Hike Only Hurts the Rich

Jonathan Chait New York Magazine
Biden is not going to quadruple anybody’s taxes, but he will increase the tax burden on the very rich. The richest 5 percent of taxpayers would bear almost the entire burden of Biden’s plan, which would raise $2.8 trillion over the next decade...

Racism and the Working Class

Jack Metzgar Working-Class Perspectives
If there is a common working-class culture across racial and ethnic groups, as I think there is, white racism cannot be part of what is common in that culture, because about 40% of the American working class is not white.

Feminist Consciousness: Race and Class

Amanda Martins Meeting Ground
Large demonstration of women in Brazil 2019 Among the most controversial topics in feminism are the race and class questions, which have motivated many women to develop new theories that encompass multiple realities taking into account region, race, economy and sexuality.

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Class Consciousness Comes to America

Karen Nussbaum The American Prospect
Even in Trump country, pro-union sentiment is rising. But can labor and its allies turn that sentiment into power?

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Why Millennial Precarity Should Change The Way We Think About Class

Lauren Nicole Clark The Establishment
With the bleak future millennials are facing, it must be asked: Will the cultural capital of middle classness retain the same meaning as the middle class in America continues to erode? Or will class culture and consciousness evolve?

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Public Servants Are Losing Their Foothold in the Middle Class

Patricia Cohen and Robert Gebeloff New York Times
For generations of Americans, working for a state or local government — as a teacher, firefighter, bus driver or nurse — provided a comfortable nook in the middle class. But they are now finding themselves financially downgraded.

GOP Attacks Healthcare, Now Seeks to End Medical Tax Break

Kate Zernike and Abby Goodnough New York Times
Ending the medical tax break could be a ‘gut punch’ to the majority of the country. Eliminating the medical-expense deduction would end a source of relief that has helped millions of people cope with steep medical costs in a country without comprehensive, universal health coverage.

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We Asked Financial Advisers: How Realistic is Netflix’s New Show, ‘Ozark’?

Tom Teodorczuk MarketWatch
Netflix's Ozark brings capitalism's corrosive effects to middle america through the lens of a financial adviser and money laundering. Right from the opening monologue narrated by star Jason Bateman, Netflix’s new drama “Ozark” makes clear it doesn’t just want to depict a financial adviser up to his neck in danger. It’s out to convey profound truths about money.
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