The End of Caring
The politics of the Clinton-Gingrich era have rewritten the social contract and have shredded portions of the safety net. The poor and needy are lectured about responsibility and character. The rich and powerful, with their subsidies, tax breaks and easy access to all branches and agencies of government, are doing quite well. The gap between rich and poor in the U.S. is the most acute among industrialized countries. And it is getting worse.
Barbara Ehrenreich is a social critic, journalist, and activist. She received a PhD in cell biology from Rockefeller University. In the 1970s, she was involved with the nascent women’s health movement. After publishing an article in Ms. magazine, she became a regular columnist there and with Mother Jones. She is the author of numerous books including such bestsellers as Nickel and Dimed, Bait and Switch, This Land is Their Land and Bright-Sided. In 2012 she founded the Economic Hardship Reporting Project, a website designed to place the crisis of poverty and economic insecurity at the center of the national political conversation.