An excellent article in The Atlantic describes barriers to entry into the American upper classes, and barriers to exit from the lower classes.
The 9.9 percent is the new American aristocracy. (The class divide is already toxic and fast becoming unbridgeable. You’re probably part of the problem.) Matthew Stewart The Atlantic June 2018
Thomas B. Edsall has an excellent new op ed exploring the reasons why the United States, a democracy, has such great inequality. One might think that a democracy would take steps to reduce the great inequality that now exists; his article explores how Thomas Piketty, Adam Bonica (Why Hasn’t Democracy Slowed Rising Inequality), Daren Acemooglu, Dean Baker (Rigged) and others explain this.
Why is it so hard for democracy to deal with inequality? Thomas B. Edsall New York Times February 15, 2018
Jeffrey Gettleman New York Times July 30, 2017
Africa has a land problem. The continent seems so vast and the land so open. The awesome sense of space is an inextricable part of the beauty here — the unadulterated vistas, the endless land. But in a way, that is an illusion. Population swells, climate change, soil degradation, erosion, poaching, global food prices and even the benefits of affluence are exerting incredible pressure on African land. They are fueling conflicts across the continent. See full story.
Caption: A bare room in a looted home. The village of Nadungoru became a ghost town after residents fled invading herdsmen. Credit Tyler Hicks/The New York Times