Poverty

Hunger Games

The central problem in most modern famines was never an absolute lack of food. At issue was distribution.

The Future of Inequality

According to Thomas Piketty, the U.S. is the most inegalitarian nation in the world, and on current trends may soon become the most inegalitarian nation in history.

Going It Alone

The GOP’s obduracy on income inequality has kept the federal government from adopting any policy that might increase the take-home pay of low-income workers.

The Resurgent Progressives

The re-emergence of a Democratic left will be one of the major stories of 2014. Moderates, don’t be alarmed: Its return is good news for the political center.

Share & Share Alike

What does it mean to separate oneself entirely from the law’s precepts by embracing radical poverty as a form of life?

Minimal Wages

The argument for raising the minimum wage is as much moral as economic; it is an argument about fairness and the dignity of labor.

The Shutdown’s Real Goal

Battles over budgets and Obamacare involve a showdown over the role of government in stemming rising inequality and making our country a more fair and decent place.

A Language of Solidarity

Robert N. Bellah, who died in July, was a contributor to Commonweal for more than twenty years. Here are excerpts from some of his articles.

The Last Word | Out of Sight

For the Romans, 'luxuria' was the near-equivalent of Greek hubris. It has behind it the imagery of material excess leading to a diminished sense of cause and effect.

Lawyer Up the Prey

Lenders are often allowed to foreclose without significant judicial involvement, putting the burden on homeowners to prove the lender is not entitled to do so.

'Like a Shadow'

I have attended many births but this was the first time I had to help a woman deliver a baby we both knew would be dead.

Boehner's House Implodes

Our ability to govern ourselves is being brought low by a brew of right-wing ideology and a shockingly cruel attitude toward the poor on the part of the GOP.
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Book Reviews

Blessed Are the Rich

June 2, 2014 | 4 comments

Share & Share Alike

December 18, 2013 | 1 comment

A Bronx Tale

April 22, 2013 | 0 comments