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“Occupy Wall Street” Becomes Nationwide Movement

Originally published at Loop 21. Young protesters drowning in student loan debt want to ignite America’s autumn revolt. Remember the Arab Spring, and how protesters demanding democratic rights took to social media to begin a massive, widespread protest throughout the Middle East? It didn’t happen overnight but most of those civilian led demonstrations resulted in

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Despondent Mother: “We are about to face a two-generation indentured educated class”

Originally posted at All Education Matters. Sensationally smart. Wicked sense of humor. Loving. Deeply religious and caring. These are a few words that come to mind when describing my friend who is a devoted mother and an indentured educated citizen. We have exchanged emails for years, and I have now been invited to her home.

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The President’s Speech On Jobs, And My Call For Him To: “Go after Wall Street — Go after Wall Street now!”

Originally posted September 9 at All Education Matters. For many of us who tuned in to watch the President’s speech, we were reminded of Candidate Obama. But more than that, he sounded Presidential. For the first time, the President sounded strong, hopeful, and – most importantly – sympathetic. The Democrats would rise to their feet and applaud after

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Suicides and Student Loan Debt

Originally published at All Education Matters. In July of 2008, Barbara Ehrenreich wrote a piece entitled, “Suicide Spreads as One Solution to the Debt Crisis.”  The article touched upon the housing crash, and Ehrenreich highlighted several cases in which people took their lives when they knew they were losing their homes. Ehrenreich discusses shoot-outs in

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David Harvey’s “A Brief History of Neoliberalism”

Originally posted at All Education Matters. If you want to get a grasp of the political and economic structures behind neoliberalism, I recommend David Harvey’s A Brief History of Neoliberalism (Oxford University Press, 2007). Harvey does an excellent job of demonstrating how capitalism informs everyday life, both at the micro- and macro-levels. Michael J. Thompson wrote

Merda! Napoli Crapoli

I was in Naples many years ago. It was the farthest south I went in Italy. By the time we arrived in Naples, Italy was already heating up and the city smelled like moist baby diapers. Naples was and is unruly, more so than Northern Italy. It’s known for that. TheNuova Camorra Organizzata still run

Sickness and Student Loans: Illness or injury can cause ‘ruinous’ consequences for those with student loan debt

This article originally appeared on USA Today. Permission to reprint graciously granted by the author. -ed. Severe car accidents can be devastating. When such an event includes a passenger who owes private student loans, the financial trauma makes it downright ruinous. Just ask Deborah Schutz. In December of 2008, Schutz’s daughter was in a car