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"Our founding ideals promise liberty and equality for all. Our reality is an enduring racial hierarchy that has persisted for centuries."

Throughout human history, three caste systems have stood out. The lingering, millenniums-long ...Read More

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"In Chicago, lenders have invested more in a single white neighborhood than all the black neighborhoods combined. Call it modern-day redlining."

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https://www.bbc.com/news/business-52650856

There are about two billion people in the world who don't appear on a proper map," says Ivan Gayton from the charity Humanitarian OpenStreetMap.

> "It's shameful that we - as cartographers ...Read More

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"In reality, the global human population is not increasing exponentially, but is in fact slowing and predicted to stabilise at around 11 billion by 2100. More importantly, focusing on human numbers obscures the true driver of many of our ...Read More

"In today’s world of what Markovits calls “meritocratic inequality,” these highly skilled workers are not merely productive and desirable employees; they have come to dominate the rest of society from their perches in finance, tech, ...Read More

“The trigger for people becoming more aware of inequality was the crisis and the slowdown in real growth,” says Milanovic. “It wasn’t a topic on its own that came up just as people saw Bill Gates or Jeff Bezos being rich. It came as incomes ...Read More

The characteristic of the shift over the past half-century is that of a structural change that despite provoking a series of crises, has not been effectively addressed. The result has been a widespread increase in inequality, interlinked ...Read More

Wow. This reads like the start of a dystopian dark comedy novel. Such a sad, and likely portentous, fate for such a beautiful place.

“5 million New Yorkers have no rent protection at all. Over half of low-income tenants in the state are currently paying more than 50 percent of their income in rent.” Wild to see this article merely two weeks after I left NYC and set my ...Read More

"Relevant" detail here: author is literally descended from California land barons and old-money philanthropists

"Forget the 1 percent for a moment. It’s the top fifth that rules."