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The Middle Class Is Angry – The American Caste System Part 4

This is part four in the series this week from JB Shreve and the End of History.   Unlike those in poverty, when you’re middle class you usually know you are struggling. Struggle defines your lifestyle....

What It’s Like to Be Poor – The American Caste System Part 3

Part 3 in my series on the American Caste System looks at what it's like to be poor in America. This begins to explain why we have class conflict.

The Middle Class, Statistics and the Public Debate

The experts want us to believe that confusing middle class statistics are for them alone to understand. It's not as difficult as they make it to be.
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Squashing the Middle Class – The American Caste System Part 2

Increasingly the middle class can be defined less by what a household earns and more by what it no longer has access to. (The American Caste System: Part 2)
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The American Caste System – Part 1

The recent debates on extreme poverty in America miss the larger realities of the changes and threats within the American economy and caste system.
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Leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran [infographic]

Distinguishing the different names and leaders of Iran can be a challenge. This infographic provides a little cheat sheet on the timeline and names.
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If the NBA was a National Economy

I was curious how today's NBA contracts line up to national economies in the world. What would it look like if the NBA was a national economy?
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When A Picture Speaks A Thousand FALSE Words

A picture is worth a 1,000 words but it would serve us well to inquire before we believe them. We might be surprised by the famous photos that are not true.
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The Death of Khomeini

I talked about these images from the funeral and death of Ayatollah Khomeini in the podcast episode today. This scene from the funeral procession of the Ayatollah Khomeini convinced us in the 1980s that...
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Iran’s Child Soldiers

Children were used to clear mine fields or in the "human wave" strategy of attack where hordes of bodies were more or less just thrown at superior Iraqi artillery in an effort to overcome them.