Park Avenue: Money, Power and the American Dream

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Inequality Hurts Us All

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WhyPoverty·Jan 5, 2013

PARK AVENUE: How much inequality is too much?

740 Park Ave, New York City, is home to some of the wealthiest Americans. Across the Harlem River, 10 minutes to the north, is the other Park Avenue in South Bronx, where more than half the population needs food stamps and children are 20 times more likely to be killed. In the last 30 years, inequality has rocketed in the US — the American Dream only applies to those with money to lobby politicians for friendly bills on Capitol Hill.

Director Alex Gibney
Producer Blair Foster
Produced by Jigsaw Productions

Why Poverty?

From the archives:

Poor Us: An Animated History – Why Poverty?

Tavis Smiley: Vision for a New America: A Future without Poverty + Cornel West: You Don’t Play With Martin Luther King, Jr.

Inequality and Poverty America Style–In Richness and in Health by Graham Peebles

Chris Hedges with Jeremiah Wright on Poverty in the U.S.

An Empire of Poverty: Race, Punishment, and Social Control by Andrew Gavin Marshall

Tavis Smiley: Remaking America: From Poverty To Prosperity, with Cornel West, Michael Moore

Mystery: How Wealth Creates Poverty in the World by Michael Parenti (2007)

The Gospel of the Penniless, Jobless, Marginalized and Despised by Chris Hedges

Half of U.S. poor by Fred Goldstein

Richard Wilkinson & Kate Pickett: Why Greater Equality Makes Societies Stronger (must-see)

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  9. I find it extremely odd that these weird birds live together in this neat cluster of feathered nests. It lends credence to the notion that they are actually a species apart ~ or at least, that they believe themselves to be “special!”

    I mean, how many billionaires do you bump into strolling around your local organic veg market? Or chatting with the street cleaners, or helping a disabled vet cope with awkward bags, or feeding a stray cat?

    It’s as though these disturbed people are so obsessed with money power, they must dwell in a mirror world where the reassurance of their own reflection, or that of their peers. is their only sanctified environment.

    It might contribute mightily to society in general, if we could establish some sort of formal etiology of this diseased condition, as it does not appear to have any correspondence to the observed behaviours of any other species.

    It seems to be a type of quasi-religious pathology, born of a deep insecurity or perverse transference of some innate need; but for what? Approval? Recognition? .

    Very strange.

    • Yes, indeed. Thanks, David for suggesting the videos on poverty.

      One cannot eat gold/money so unless they have a stockpile of food on hand, they will starve with the rest of the city dwellers when the oil gets so expensive that the truckers don’t ship food into the cities. Perhaps before that happens there will be a mass exodus of billionaires.

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