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Recently read both “Poverty, by America”and “Evicted” both were engaging and informative reads, highly recommended

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Yes! and with the massive property buying spree of the corporations homelessness will become increasingly common.

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A Canadian, I just left Cleveland after a couple days. What a shit hole. Aren’t you Americans embarrassed, I would be.

Hoards of hollowed out people - mostly black - milling about downtown. I gave a 20 to the ones who asked. Lots of god love you and you’re blessed comments.

Really what happened? You left liberals have been in power for a long time and you are failing; failing rather comprehensively by the look of things.

In Toronto we have homeless but it seems different, people of all colours for one thing. I think in Canada we turned the mentally unstable out, out of institutions and on to the streets. Cleveland felt different, I drove miles on city streets, it’s a derelict place with zombies everywhere.

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It is easier to control poor people struggling to survive. From the elite's perspective, why make things harder for themselves?

In the 60s, education in State Universities was free, or almost free. This led to increased social protest against the Vietnam War especially, but also politicians. Nixon resigned, LBJ retired. Not a good look for the ruling class...and it is a class.

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I just finished writing a review of this book for California Review of Books. Should post in a day or so at calirb.com. It's a powerful work that asks us to imagine a society where exploitation is the exception, not the rule.

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It is always cheaper to serve good than it is evil, truth rather than lies. The rich capitalist, have stolen over a hundred trillion dollars from the poor and the middle class the last 60 years. With free trade, union busting immigration, the trickle down, capitalist healthcare, unfunded wars, interest on the national debt, bank bailouts, corporate welfare and much more. Impoverishing the poor causes financial insecurity which causes mental health problems which end up drug addiction and criminal activity problems. There are several ways to fix this problem, one way is the tax the rich 90% and the other way is to install a maximum wage about 10 times the minimum wage, something like Plato advocated 450 BC. Our great right wing unlimited greed supporting oligarch class calls anyone who wants to make reforms communist. When communism has been dead for many decades. The idea of everyone making the same amount of money is insane. The rich will do everything they can to keep from paying the poor a living way so they can hoard the moneyunder their pillows or buy up more real estate and create more homeless, just for kicks. Now they want a dictatorship to protect all their stolen wealth. It is cheaper to raise a productive human being then an insane psychotic non-contributor and a taker to society.

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This also leads to Fascism too. We need a revolution.

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Very excited to read both books! Thanks, Chris.

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What’s new about this? There has always been a poor underclass in the US. Travelling in the US years ago the amount of beggars was staggering. And now there are 85,000 missing children.

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Just pointing out misspelling of Reagan as Regan.

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