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5.0 out of 5 stars Pick of the Day, April 24, 2012
This review is from: The Rich and the Rest of Us: A Poverty Manifesto (Kindle Edition)
Just in time for the fall presidential election campaign, talk show host Tavis Smiley and philosopher Cornel West attempt to force poverty back into the national discourse. "The Rich and the Rest of Us: A Poverty Manifesto" expands on themes developed during their nationwide bus tour last year. On Democracy Now!, they argued that one out of two Americans struggles with poverty. "You take the perennially poor or the persistent poor, on top of them the new poor--we argue in this book the new poor are the former middle class--and the near poor, folk who are a paycheck away, that's 150 million Americans wrestling with poverty," Smiley said.

The book's website declares "by placing the eradication of poverty in the context of the nation's greatest moments of social transformation--the abolition of slavery, woman's suffrage, and the labor and civil rights movements--ending poverty is sure to emerge as the defining civil rights struggle of America's 21st century ." Stephen Colbert, predictably, had a critical perspective, which he shared with the authors when they were guess on his show. ""The Rich and the Rest of Us:" that is class warfare... I believe there is one America! One America, sir, that the richest 1% just happens to own 42% of." (originally posted at left eye on books org)
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Initial post: Apr 25, 2012 6:40:02 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Apr 25, 2012 7:42:10 PM PDT
S. Sherman says:
Your use of the term "race hustlers" indicates your mind has been rotted by overexposure to right wing talk radio. West and Smiley are critical of the way both the Democrats and Republicans have failed vast numbers of Americans. Which is not to say that one party (Democrats, cough, cough) is not slightly better.
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