Our Classless Society

Holiday Excess

In an essay that you’ve probably already read, this is where the writer segues into the costs of buying gifts, of the debt that accumulates at this time of year. In that essay, the writer details the fact that American retailers depend on the holiday season to turn enough of a profit for the year.

This is not that essay.

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Uber and PDX: A Not-Exactly-Love Story

two of the giants of our age, Portland, OR, and Uber, duking it out for dominance

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In Defense of Scrooge

aside from being a miserable grouch, Scrooge is rather relatable

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The Rise of the Robot Worker Is Imminent

The list of nine jobs that could well be taken over in the near future by C3PO might make you want to dive right back into bed.

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“Working Has Become More Expensive”

If you don’t need to work to live, why work?

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Madison Is A Great Small City, Unless You’re Black

Madison won’t tell you how many hundreds of people touched my hair in the twenty-three years I lived there without asking first and called it “neat.”

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The Unreachable American Dream

A recent New York Times poll found “that only 64 percent of respondents said they still believed in the American dream, the lowest result in roughly two decades.”

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My Father’s Shadow Money

“Your father,” she said, “never spent a penny of his money on you. You were in ratty clothes, all but rags, but he drove a nice new car.”

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Meet America’s Most Worthless Human Being

You must, must, must read the back-and-forth between the pompous, aggrieved Edelman and the polite small business owner.

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Simulating Wealth and Poverty in Junior High

In sixth grade, my math teacher assigned us a project: We were supposed to pick a job, find out how much it paid per hour, and then calculate how many hours of work it would take to buy a few fantasy items. The teacher told us to ignore little details like taxes and living expenses. At the end, we made posters with pictures of the things we fake-bought.

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