Under the Affluence: Shaming the Poor, Praising the Rich and Sacrificing the Future of America

Under the Affluence Shaming the Poor Praising the Rich and Sacrificing the Future of America Tim Wise is one of the great public moralists in America today In his bracing new book Under the Affluence he brilliantly engages the roots and ramifications of radical inequality in our nation car

  • Title: Under the Affluence: Shaming the Poor, Praising the Rich and Sacrificing the Future of America
  • Author: Tim Wise
  • ISBN: 9780872866935
  • Page: 458
  • Format: Paperback
  • Tim Wise is one of the great public moralists in America today In his bracing new book, Under the Affluence, he brilliantly engages the roots and ramifications of radical inequality in our nation, carefully detailing the heartless war against the poor and the swooning addiction to the rich that exposes the moral sickness at the heart of our culture Wise s stirring analy Tim Wise is one of the great public moralists in America today In his bracing new book, Under the Affluence, he brilliantly engages the roots and ramifications of radical inequality in our nation, carefully detailing the heartless war against the poor and the swooning addiction to the rich that exposes the moral sickness at the heart of our culture Wise s stirring analysis of our predicament is than a disinterested social scientific treatise this book is a valiant call to arms against the vicious practices that undermine the best of the American ideals we claim to cherish Under the Affluence is vintage Tim Wise smart, sophisticated, conscientious, and righteously indignant at the betrayal of millions of citizens upon whose backs the American Dream rests This searing testimony for the most vulnerable in our nation is also a courageous cry for justice that we must all heed Michael Eric Dyson, author of The Black Presidency Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in AmericaTim Wise is one of America s most prolific public intellectuals His critically acclaimed books, high profile media interviews, and year round speaking schedule have established him as an invaluable voice in any discussion on issues of race and multicultural democracy.In Under the Affluence, Wise discusses a related issue economic inequality and the demonization of those in need He reminds us that there was a time when the hardship of fellow Americans stirred feelings of sympathy, solidarity for struggling families, and support for policies and programs meant to alleviate poverty Today, however, mainstream discourse blames people with low income for their own situation, and the notion of an intractable culture of poverty has pushed our country in an especially ugly direction.Tim Wise argues that far from any culture of poverty, it is the culture of predatory affluence that deserves the blame for America s simmering economic and social crises He documents the increasing contempt for the nation s poor, and reveals the forces at work to create and perpetuate it With clarity, passion and eloquence, he demonstrates how America s myth of personal entitlement based on merit is inextricably linked to pernicious racial bigotry, and he points the way to greater compassion, fairness, and economic justice.Tim Wise is the author of many books, including Dear White America and Colorblind.

    Under the Affluence Shaming the Poor, Praising the Rich Under the Affluence Shaming the Poor, Praising the Rich, and Sacrificing the Future of America is a rich, thorough, and thought provoking book on the inequality of today s political system While some of the statistical data may seem overwhelming for the average reader, Tim Wise uses a variety of literary metaphors and explicit examples to help the reader gain a firm understanding. Under the Affluence Shaming the Poor, Praising the Rich Sep , Under the Affluence is an important source of data bubbling over with hard, footnoted facts to strengthen readers resolve against the escalating inequalities in the United States the book is an essential compendium of numbers, one that will prove useful in strategizing to end inequality and arming readers with the facts they need to tackle these seemingly intractable problems. Under the Affluence, Shaming the Poor, Praising the Rich In Under the Affluence, Wise discusses a related issue economic inequality and the demonization of those in need He reminds us that there was a time when the hardship of fellow Americans stirred feelings of sympathy, solidarity for struggling families, and support for policies and programs meant to alleviate poverty. Tim Wise Under the Affluence Shaming the Poor, Praising In Under the Affluence, Wise discusses a related issue economic inequality and the demonization of those in need He reminds us that there was a time when the hardship of fellow Americans stirred feelings of sympathy, solidarity for struggling families, and support for policies and programs meant to alleviate poverty. Under the Affluence Shaming the Poor, Praising the Rich Under the Affluence is an important source of data bubbling over with hard, footnoted facts to strengthen readers resolve against the escalating inequalities in the United States the book is an essential compendium of numbers, one that will prove useful in strategizing to end inequality and arming readers with the facts they need to tackle these seemingly intractable problems. Under the Affluence Impact America In Under the Affluence, Wise discusses a related issue economic inequality and the demonization of those in need He reminds us that there was a time when the hardship of fellow Americans stirred feelings of sympathy, solidarity for struggling families, and support for policies and programs meant to alleviate poverty. Under the affluence of incohol Idioms by The Free Dictionary Definition of under the affluence of incohol in the Idioms Dictionary under the affluence of incohol phrase What does under the affluence of incohol expression mean Definitions by the largest Idiom Dictionary. UNDER THE AFFLUENCE by Tim Wise Kirkus Reviews Acclaimed inequality essayist and community activist Wise Dear White America Letter to a New Minority, , etc reports on the damage being incurred in America whereby the have nots and have lessers are dehumanized while the elite are venerated. Under the Affluence Quotes by Tim Wise Under the Affluence Shaming the Poor, Praising the Rich and Sacrificing the Future of America by Tim Wise ratings, . average rating, reviews Open Preview See a Problem We d love your help. Under the Affluence by Tim Wise OverDrive Rakuten In Under the Affluence, Wise discusses a related issue economic inequality and the demonization of those in need He reminds us that there was a time when the hardship of fellow Americans stirred feelings of sympathy, solidarity for struggling families, and support for policies and programs meant to alleviate poverty.

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    1. Ok, let's start with the good: Tim Wise is a very readable writer, he obviously cares about the subject at hand (the pathologization of poverty and the lauding of wealth) and he finds really good statistical, demographic and social psych information to tie his points together. He spoke at the college i am teaching at and he has an excellent sense of oratory of which his books are a reflection. So why am i disappointed in this offering? Firstly, i think one of the core problems is that plenty of [...]

    2. All of Tim Wise's books are excellent and I recommend them, but I'd really encourage you to read this one - especially with all that's going on with our nation's political climate and the upcoming election. Examining how class, race, and sex are intertwined, he brilliantly explains structural inequality and the conditions and attitudes that helped create and continue to perpetuate a "culture of cruelty," especially against the poor, and what could be done to achieve a more just and compassionate [...]

    3. This book is really hard to read if you are at all concerned about the current situation in our country. It is subtitled "shaming the poor, praising the rich and sacrificing the future of America" and Wise spends a lot of the book illustrating through statistics and stories how deeply ingrained in our society it is to shame the poor. And, of course, so much of this is based on ingrained racism. I fear the people who need to read and learn from this book will not. But, as he says in the last chap [...]

    4. Every once in while there comes a book that makes me want to shout from the roof tops, “Everybody, please read this book if you truly care about humanity and society!” Tim Wise’s book Under the Affluence: Shaming the Poor, Praising the Rich and Sacrificing the Future of America, is one such book. And though it may sound melodramatic, I truly think Mr. Wise’s book is an excellent primer on exactly why our nation seems so skewed, confused and messed-up, especially during one of our most sc [...]

    5. This was like a blast in the face. I have to quit reading these kinds of books. So depressing, but so informative, so I guess I won't stop reading them. But at this moment I am reading a fun loving book, which I have to do in-between some books I read.First, I don’t believe that all the affluent people have these negative beliefs about welfare people, nor do I believe that that are all racists, and neither does the author. I know many wealthy people who are out there helping people to rise abo [...]

    6. This book takes every argument used to justify the class system in America, explains how it arose, and proceeds to demolish it with facts.If you want to become radicalized, here are the books to read:Hand to Mouth (Tirado): A ground level view of living poor in AmericaUnder the Affluence (Wise): A sweeping, macro take on class and race in AmericaThe Divide (Taibbi): Alternating chapters describing how the rich and the poor are dealt with in the American justice systemCapital in the Twenty-First [...]

    7. This is a strongly researched book about the economic inequalities in the United States with a focus on what is happening and why there are such inequalities. Wise focuses on the thinking that keeps the U.S. rooted in thinking that valorizes the rich and demonizes the poor as well as offering some suggestions to remedy the situation. It was a very compelling and saddening read.

    8. This excellent book brings us face to face with the inequality and injustice that exist in the United States…”the culture of cruelty”. There are pages of statistics, with examples which will blow your mind. The comparison of distributing Super Bowl seats between the very rich and the poorest half of the fans was riveting. I couldn’t help feeling depressed and then angry as I continued to read. I hope our nation can somehow turn in a compassionate direction so that the American Dream will [...]

    9. First, this is a great companion piece to White Trash because of the historical discussions of poor-shaming. Second, Tim Wise is good at laying out arguments and overall does a solid job at debunking conservative myths about welfare dependency. Third, I was pleasantly surprised that this book was not purely bashing-- he did try to keep it in check. Fourth, one of the strengths was the collection of truly outlandish anti-poverty laws and commentaries made by conservatives. There's really no way t [...]

    10. Sad story of growth of inequality in US. Weslthy get away with anything and poor are told they just need to work harder as if the wealthy didn't inherit a lot to start with. Not paying a living wage means people struggle no matter how many jobs they work. Four stars for weak third part on how to improve. The only important message in this part if improving humsn connection. When did making millions off the backs of the workers replace looking out for other humans to help them live.

    11. RH Reality Check"Under the Affluence is an important source of data—bubbling over with hard, footnoted facts—to strengthen readers' resolve against the escalating inequalities in the United States the book is an essential compendium of numbers, one that will prove useful in strategizing to end inequality and arming readers with the facts they need to tackle these seemingly intractable problems. Overall, the book is an impassioned and heartfelt defense of the poor that is rooted in the idea t [...]

    12. Tim Wise has some good insights in this book. In particular, I agree with his call for progressives to develop narratives that speak to the value and strength of liberal policy, and to reclaim the language and symbolism of American patriotism. However, much of this book expounds his argument using statistics and figures which makes reading a bit of a slog. In my opinion, the real meat came at the end where he offers an impassioned rebuttal to the culture of selfishness and greed that consumes Am [...]

    13. I received this book from . This is a well researched, well written, insightful book that should be read by people on both sides of the political spectrum. The author adds important information to the ongoing discussion of the economic policies of this country.

    14. A good book if not obviously liberal in nature. Some of the language was intention in its trying to get people angry. And while this is something people should be upset about, getting angry doesn't solve problems. Some of the facts seemed so unreal that I would have to fact check, but if true a very well written book about a hot topic.

    15. Despite having rather sternly told myself I was not allowed to check out any books because I already had too many checked out at home, I saw this one in the new non-fiction section and could not resist. Reading it swayed me more to Bernie than any articles actually about the candidates did. The system of inequality is just too unjust for tinkering to fix. It needs a sledgehammer.Reading this book was highly emotional for me. In many sections, especially early on in the book, the ideas Wise was s [...]

    16. I feel like this would have worked better as a feature article in a magazine. I'm not a big nonfiction reader, but I'm trying to expand; unfortunately, while this started out as a compelling read, it quickly got bogged down with paragraphs of numbers and data that were relevant, but started to feel repetitive. I know the poor are treated horrendously, that's one of the reasons I picked up the book, I don't need 100 pages telling me I'm right. I'm glad I read what I got through, and Wise is an ex [...]

    17. The bad news (for me) is Tim Wise wrote exactly the book I was going to writeI even had begun researching (that's how I stumbled onto it). The good news though is he is a great writer and has hit it out of the park. I wish this book could become some sort of required civics reading. It covers income inequality, the myths around welfare, the coddling of the rich, the history of the way economics developed in this country, white privilege and race, the broken notions of who is deserving and undese [...]

    18. Alas, the combination of the author's ego and lack of wish or ability for deeper analysis shallows the subject. The entire book reads like a long post on a message board and is the epitome of bumbling finger-pointing.There are better works on the matter (albeit a somewhat different angle), e.g. "Who Stole the American Dream?" by Hedrick Smith.Still, "Under the Affluence" deserves two stars for we'd rather have that than nothing at all.

    19. This was an amazing read. I've heard a lot of talk about "the poor" as if those less fortunate are some how not human but a thing. Compassion is certainly lacking. This book forces a look at this difficult subject and it's complexities. Full of information it is a must read, especially for those who feel compelled to pass judgement on others.I received a free copy of this book in a giveaway. Opinions are my own.

    20. A- This book was very dense, but also very fascinating. Wise looks into why and how the U.S. glorifies rich people, demonizes poor people. He destroys the "You can do anything if you put your mind to it" Horatio Alger BS, and destroys the "welfare mother" myth. Tons of statistics (that's what makes it dense - imagine fact-checking it) but really illuminating stuff.

    21. Should be required reading in any economics class. Should be required reading of anyone trying to make a living in the U.S. The way we think of wealth has to change. Tim Wise uses the simplest language, statistics, common sense and facts to illustrate this beautifully.

    22. I really wanted t like this book. And much of it I did. I certainly acre with the premise and his points. But overall, it was far too wordy with too few concrete accessible suggestion.

    23. Interesting read, a must read for those who need to be awakened. A lot of data being represented in this book. Is that a good or bad thing? Well that's up to the reader to make that call.

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