[Marxism] The Invisible Poor BOOK REVIEW

Chris Brady cdbrady at sbcglobal.net
Wed Feb 18 13:03:05 MST 2004

Review of

‘The Working Poor’: Can’t Win for Losing
David K. Shipler reports on the 35 million people, most of them
employed, who are not making it in America.

Book Review by RON SUSKIND, New York Times, February 15, 2004
Ron Suskind’s latest book is “The Price of Loyalty.”  He is the author
of “A Hope in the Unseen: An American Odyssey From the Inner City to the
Ivy League.”

The phrase “working poor” doesn’t carry much weight in this fractious
political season. It slips by in a campaign speech, with nothing much to
grab onto as it passes. It suffers from a kind of blunt-edged simplicity
-- a collision of enormous, rounded terms that, by the lights of
American exceptionalism, should not be joined. Both political parties
quietly agree that it is an ugly, unsettling combination -- that any
American who works steadily should not have to suffer the barbed
indignities of poverty. But Americans do -- millions of them. There are
35 million people in the country living in poverty. Most of the adults
in that group work nowadays; many of them work full time. And while
there are heavy concentrations of African-Americans and white single
women in the mix, the group is every bit as diverse, and diffuse, as the
nation is.


[N.B.: the report may be excellent, but the analysis ends short of
effective resolution.  Nevertheless, the issues need attention.]

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