Sasha Abramsky

Sasha Abramsky is a senior fellow at the New York-based think tank Demos, and the author of several books including, Hard Time Blues: How Politics Built a Prison Nation and Breadline USA: The Hidden Scandal of American Poverty and How to Fix It.  His latest book is Inside Obama's Brain.

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Thursday, January 09, 2014
Why We Need a New War on Poverty
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Wednesday, September 05, 2012
The US Chamber of Commerce's Multimillion-Dollar Attack Plan
“Obamacare will be a nightmare for Florida seniors,” a grim voiceover announces. “Did Bill Nelson consider the consequences when he cast a deciding vote for Obamacare?”   “Tell Jon Tester: the Washington way isn’t the solution,” another intones. “We need less government and lower taxes.”
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Sunday, July 25, 2010
America's Alternative People's Budget
In 1909 Britain's prime minister, Herbert Asquith, and chancellor, David Lloyd George, presided over an extraordinary budget. It raised taxes on Britain's landed, wealthy elites, so as to provide a raft of social services, from pensions to unemployment benefits. In many ways, it laid the groundwork for the welfare state that emerged after the second world war.
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Friday, July 02, 2010
No Age of Austerity for the Rich
We are, pundits frequently inform us, living through an "age of austerity". True, perhaps; but what that means, and what community responses it mandates, vary widely from country to country.
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Saturday, June 12, 2010
Where the Tea Party Runs Out of Juice
In looking at the recent Tea Party surges in GOP primaries , it increasingly strikes me that there's a desperate nostalgia playing itself out in the country.
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Saturday, April 10, 2010
Scratching the Surface of America
From Plateau Point, seven miles hard walk from the top of the Grand Canyon, there's a sheer drop, thousands of feet, to the muddy brown Colorado River below. Craggy cliffs on the other side of the river soar upwards, in layers, like a demonic wedding cake, a hallucination, a dream. Behind Plateau Point, the path snakes back through a flatlands of prickly-pear cactus, into the Indian Gardens oasis, and then up, in switchbacks, the ascending cliffs, the path getting ever-steeper, in early April ever-more snow-covered, as it rises.
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