This is a great book in that it does encourage us to keep doing our own part where and when we can. it really does just start with the individual. it IS overwhelming for much of the first half of the book because of all the history he reviews and statistics as someone else mentioned, so I actually ended up skipping to the SECOND half of the book where he talks a lot more about his suggestions and solutions to the problems. I was definitely more interested in that. it was really insightful how he explains how problems perpetuate themselves and can become hopeless downward spirals and why we have to stop it before it gets even worse. We as individuals can help other individuals, but we need a lot more help from the government to make a much bigger dent and really change things for the better for the country as a whole.
If I had to list one complaint about this book, it's that the author sometimes veers into statistics land...but that's good, as it forced me to think about what he's saying. The frustrating part here is knowing that there are many great books about American poverty out there...but nothing is really going to change, is it? Why do we allow this to continue? Why do we keep electing officials (and spending billions of dollars just to elect candidates to some office)? I found the author's description (on page 108) of New York's WEP program--a rubber room/waiting room--to be eerily similar to Texas' WorkSource Career Centers.
[Fifty years ago Michael Harringston questioned as to why progressives and union members would want to continue voting for the anti-union anti-progressives democrats - - time for a serious third party! Harrington was correct, nothing has changed but the situation, and inequality, has only gotten worse!]
Great book, and agree with his suggestions of necessary changes, but it ain't going to happen, as everyone realizes, at least not without a violent revolution?
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