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empathy inequality

To the Editor of The New York Times: Re "Where's the Empathy" by Nicholas Kristof: The empathy gap depicted by Nicholas Kristof is an ugly attitude of blaming, projection and distortion, yet even more complex and malignant than we might easily recognize. This gap perversely intensifies, as does the inequality that fuels it. Many of us, [...]

February, 2015|Editorials|

dialogue with the wealthy

To the Editor of The New York Times: Re “A Family Office for the Superrich, and Lessons for the Less Wealthy" by Paul Sullivan (Wealth Matters column, Feb. 15): It is not an easy time to be wealthy. On some level, a laughable problem. But in this era when everyone from the pope, to our president, [...]

February, 2015|Editorials|

Push for New Pact on Climate Change is Plagued by Old Divide of Wealth

"If history is any guide, the rich countries of the world will say how concerned they are about the damage their emissions of heat-trapping gases are causing. The poor countries - whose people have done little to contribute to global warming but stand to suffer the most from it because of their vulnerability to rising [...]

September, 2014|Uncategorized|

The American Middle Class Is No Longer the World’s Richest

Today's report in the The York Times, The American Middle Class Is No Longer the World’s Richest, only confirms what many have been feeling for an increasingly long time. While our economic growth remains competitive with other nations, “trickle-down”, if that is what we are to call laissez-faire approaches to income inequality and social and educational [...]

Giving Up on 4-Year Olds: A Societal Indictment

The New York Times published an editorial today, detailing a new report released by the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, examining the disciplinary practices of our country’s 97,000 public schools. Giving up on 4-Year Olds is the ultimate indictment of a so-called civilized society. In truth, critical analysis of public policy suggests we are already giving up [...]

Limits of Trying to Close the Knowledge Gap, Word by Word

Today's New York Times features a hopeful article, Trying to Close a Knowledge Gap, Word by Word, about the impact of exposing children, especially those of poverty, to greater quantity and quality of vocabulary. This current trend, greatly espoused by Hillary Clinton's Too Small To Fail initiative is absolutely laudable. But while words are undoubtedly [...]

“Capital in the Twenty-First Century” by Thomas Piketty

Thomas Piketty’s “Capital in the Twenty-First Century,” is considered by those in a position to judge the merits of a monumental economic treatise, to be the most important economic book of the year, if not the decade. Recently reviewed by Paul Krugman in the Nw York Times (http://nyti.ms/1iVxxoL) and John Cassidy in the New Yorker [...]

Empathy Inequality

Days ago yet another billionaire, Home Depot co-founder Ken Langone, made personal references to the super-wealthy and the Nazis, this time suggesting that those who express concerns about income inequality could learn a thing or two from Hitler himself. This episode follows Max Perkins, California venture capitalist, likening the experience of today’s super-wealthy to that of [...]

Income Gap, Meet the Longevity Gap (and What about Empathy?)

Where income is higher, life spans are longer. As incomes have diverged between this country’s richest and poorest counties, so have the life expectancies of their residents. Annie Lowry in the New York Times has authored "Income Gap, Meet the Longevity Gap,” in which she details stark differences in lifespan in otherwise matched locales, differentiated [...]