The Weird Bifurcated Effect of Poverty in the United States

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Americans — even many of the poorest — enjoy a level of material abundance unthinkable just a generation or two ago.

[D]espite improved living standards, the poor have fallen further behind the middle class and the affluent in both income and consumption. Since the 1980s, for instance, the real price of a midrange color television has plummeted about tenfold.

The costs of a college education and health care have soared. Child care also remains only a small sliver of the consumption of poor families because it is simply too expensive.

Via New York Times.

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I design video games for a living, write fiction, political theory and poetry for personal amusement, and train regularly in Western European 16th century swordwork. On frequent occasion I have been known to hunt for and explore abandoned graveyards, train tunnels and other interesting places wherever I may find them, but there is absolutely no truth to the rumor that I am preparing to set off a zombie apocalypse. Nothing that will stand up in court, at least. I use paranthesis with distressing frequency, have a deep passion for history, anthropology and sociological theory, and really, really, really hate mayonnaise. But I wash my hands after the writing. Promise.

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