social mobility

social mobility


What is the Point and the Value of Education?

the value of education May 29th, 2018

I was reading a piece about the value of education; in other words, what its point is. As the story goes, “As a child, Freddie Sherrill had difficulty learning to read and write, and he began skipping school. As a teen, he became addicted to drugs and alcohol and started breaking into homes. After several stints in prison and rehab, Sherrill became sober in 1988, and rebuilt his life, repairing his relationships with his wife and children, learning how to read and write, and eventually, earning an associate’s degree.” It’s a wonderful story, one that goes a bit deeper. Read on to find out more about Mr. Sherrill and his wonderful story exemplifying the value of education, and why one should ideally engage in the process.

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Income Inequality: Right or Wrong?

income inequality May 1st, 2018

Thomas Piketty, a French economist, made a big splash in 2014 with his book Capital in the 21st Century. It piqued my interest in regard to social justice. Specifically, social mobility, status quo, and economic freedom. I believe that America has a serious issue with wealth inequality, and income inequality, and has for quite some time. We are now less of a socially-mobile society than many countries in Europe are. Cross that with some of the standard of living/life satisfaction measures in which Europe and a few other countries do well, and you have a fairly grim assessment of the United States. Here are some thoughts on income inequality by Thomas Piketty.

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Economic Justice: Five of My Beliefs

economic justice September 3rd, 2017

I actually think quite a bit about what it means for society to be “economically just.” Social justice is one of my favorite phenomena. Justice in general is a deep and wide topic which is infinitely fascinating. My penchant is for an approach to economics that I suppose could be called progressive. I have also entertained descriptors such as egalitarian, communitarian, liberal, fiscally liberal, democratic-socialist, and even some libertarian principles. I considered myself a big Bernie Sanders supporter, and was disappointed in his loss. America is a bit difficult to stomach in the past decades. I sincerely hope we are not witnessing the waning years of American Empire. I still sometimes hold out hope that we can govern ourselves (some would note, work ourselves, or invent ourselves, or educate ourselves) back to a more functional, humane, progressive, respectful, legitimate, and responsive political system. This blog details five of my premises/beliefs about how economic justice can be fomented and nurtured. God speed!

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