>U.S. Middle Class

Building up the US middle class as opposed to those in lower tax brackets either in the US or abroad was not my purpose in collecting the following articles a year or so ago. However, the changing economic data are worthy of contemplation as we strive to wisely use our time and resources in the most important ways possible. More recent events in New York demonstrate the continuing social importance of these shifts. Keeping in mind first versus third world problems is also important (example 1 | example 2). That said, here are the aforementioned articles:

The Middle Class in America Is Radically Shrinking (15 July 2010). A number of the stats are snapshots instead of comparative numbers, which makes conclusions hard to nail down, but it’s thought provoking all the same.

Dissident Voice ran quite a few articles on this topic over the first half of the year:

By posting these links, I’m not trying to promote a middle-class consumptive way of life. But I am saying that I believe that increasing income disparity is a problem. These are complex and loaded statements.

For more on economics, listen to this Econocast conversation with Richard Horsley.


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