Joel Berg argues that the focus on the 1 percent, and the claim by Bernie Sanders that his backers represented grassroots America, both blur the realities of class, identity and politics in 2016 America.
In an excerpt from his forthcoming book, Joel Berg takes a hard look at his allies on the Left—from Occupy to Bernie Bros—whose tactics are often less compelling than their politics.
Democrats avoid talking about poverty. Republicans back policies premised on outdated ideas about the poor. And the media doesn’t take either side to task.
Read our latest opinion blog: “Elite New Yorkers still treat homelessness as “a quality of life” issue for the non-homeless and still equate destitution with criminality.”
After two mayors who saw declining welfare rolls as an indication of policy success, HRA Commissioner Steve Banks is making progress restoring common sense and compassion. There’s still much to do.