Monday, September 17, 2012

Too Much On Line, Newsweekly, 17 September, 2012

One year ago this week, some imaginative souls “occupied” Wall Street and gave Americans a new frame for talking about the staggeringly unequal place that the United States has become. Almost overnight, signs and chants and charts turned “1 percent” and “99 percent” into a vivid new political shorthand.

Occupy Wall Street, in effect, changed our national conversation.

Last week, striking teachers in Chicago brought that conversation to a new level. Backed by a majority of the city’s parents, the teachers challenged the billionaires who’ve been bankrolling an educational “reform” campaign long on “free market” ideology and short on respect for democratic norms.

Might Chicago have the same sort of impact that Occupy had last fall? We’ll have to see. In the meantime, America's economic divide continues to widen, as the Census Bureau documented last week with its latest annual income numbers. In this week’s Too Much, we have these numbers and more.

Read more at Too Much Online.

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