What does it mean to be poor? For decades the dominant narrative in the UK and US has been that it is caused by personal flaws or ‘bad life decisions’. People are ‘lazy’, ‘dependent’ and ‘irresponsible’. This ‘story’ has become embedded in the public consciousness with serious ramifications for how financially vulnerable people are seen, spoken about and treated. Drawing on a two-year story-telling project and her own experience of childhood poverty, this book by award-winning journalist and author Mary O’Hara, argues for a radical overhaul of this fundamentally pernicious portrayal. Crucially, it turns to the real experts to try to find answers – the people who live it.
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PRACTICING TEXAS POLITICS, 2017-2018 Edition, analyzes the practices and policies of the Lone Star State and gives students a realistic introduction to how public-policy making is conducted there. This edition includes a special focus on the role of a growing Latino population in all aspects of Texas government, the impact of the 2016 elections on the state, and the effect of a floundering oil and gas industry on state finances. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.
A “provocative” (Kirkus Reviews), timely, and topical work that examines what’s good for American business and what’s good for Americans—and why those interests are misaligned. In American Amnesia, bestselling political scientists Jacob S. Hacker and Paul Pierson trace the economic and political history of the United States over the last century and show how a viable mixed economy has long been the dominant engine of America’s prosperity. We have largely forgotten this reliance, as many political circles and corporate actors have come to mistakenly see government as a hindrance rather than the propeller it once was. “American Amnesia” is more than a rhetorical phrase; elites have literally forgotten, or at least forgotten to talk about, the essential role of public authority in achieving big positive-sum bargains in advanced societies. The mixed economy was the most important social innovation of the twentieth century. It spread a previously unimaginable level of broad prosperity. It enabled steep increases in education, health, longevity, and economic security. And yet, extraordinarily, it is anathema to many current economic and political elites. Looking at this record of remarkable accomplishment, they recoil in horror. And as the advocates of anti-government free market fundamentalist have gained power, they are hell-bent on scrapping the instrument of nearly a century of unprecedented economic and social progress. In the American Amnesia, Hacker and Pierson explain the full “story of how government helped make America great, how the enthusiasm for bashing government is behind its current malaise, and how a return to effective government is the answer the nation is looking for” (The New York Times).
This book helps identify and explain how the new federal campaign finance rules changed the way campaigns were run and paid for in 2012, along with shifting the balance of power from political parties to third-party interest groups.
Stuart Walker’s design work has been described as life-changing, inspiring, disturbing and ferocious. Drawing on an extraordinarily diverse range of sources and informed by creative practice, Design for Life penetrates to the heart of modern culture and the malaise that underlies today’s moral and environmental crises. The author argues that this malaise is deep-seated and fundamental to the modern outlook. He shows how our preoccupation with technological progress, growth and the future has produced a constricted view of life – one that is both destructive and self-reinforcing. Based on over twenty-five years of scholarship and creative practice, he demonstrates the vital importance of solitude, contemplation, inner growth and the present moment in developing a different course – one that looks squarely at our current, precarious situation while offering a positive, hopeful way forward – a way that is compassionate, context-based, human scale, ethically motivated and critically creative. Design for Life is an intensely original contribution that will be essential reading for design practitioners and students. Written in a clear, accessible style, it will also appeal to a broader readership, especially anyone who is concerned with contemporary society’s rising inequalities and environmental failings and is looking for a more constructive, balanced and thoughtful direction.
Nozibusiso "Zee" Nzuza, an audit tertiary student at the party stage of her life, she is an A student that parties hard. She has three best friends, Lelo, Hleh, her cousin and Luh her gay friend, their wing man. They are beautiful, only date rich men, but don't stay long in a relationship while they date more than one man. But Zee meets her match who tells her straight from first sight, he doesn't share his woman. The roller coaster life of parties and two men who fight to win Zee over, though one fights dirty. She endures the punishment sex which always leaves her bruised up on her body. How long can she juggle the cheating and punishment sex? Can the skin colour of a man who wants to marry her not be a problem to her parents? -- page 4 of cover.
In 2015, well over half of the money contributed to the presidential race came from roughly 350 families. The 100 biggest donors gave as much as 2 million small donors combined. Can we still say we live in a democracy if a few hundred rich families provide a disproportionate shares of campaign funds? Congress and the courts are divided on that question, with conservatives saying yes and liberals saying no. The debate is about the most fundamental of political questions: how we define democracy and how we want our democracy to work. The debate may ultimately be about political theory, but in practice it is conducted in terms of laws, regulations, and court decisions about super PACs, 527s, 501(c)(4)s, dark money, small donors, public funding, corporate contributions, the Federal Election Commission, and the IRS. Campaign Finance: What Everyone Needs to Know® explains those laws, regulations, and Supreme Court decisions, from Buckley v. Valeo to Citizens United, asking how they fit into the larger discussion about how we want our democracy to work.
"[Censored] should be affixed to the bulletin boards in every newsroom in America. And, perhaps, read aloud to a few publishers and television executives."--RALPH NADER The annual yearbook from Project Censored features the year's most underreported news stories, striving to unmask censorship, self-censorship, and propaganda in corporate-controlled media outlets. Featuring the top 25 most underreported stories, as voted by scholars, journalists, and activists across the country and around the world, as well as chapters exploring timely issues from the previous year with more in-depth analysis.
"Dark Bound is thrilling, exciting and one of the best paranormal series I've read." --Boundless Book Reviews In my life when things go bad, they go notoriously bad. If having a Greater demon hunt me wasn’t bad enough, or a demented archangel trying to kill me, try doing a job for a fae queen I hate. Why? Because someone close to me is about to lose everything if I don’t find a crap load of money soon. But without any other jobs coming up, I’m stuck. So when the fae queen of the Dark court offers me a gig. I take it. But what I thought was a routine Hunt, turns into a fight for my life. Oh, and my master plan for making easy money? Yeah, not so much. Don't miss the pulse-pounding continuation of the Shadow and Light series!
A marketing expert who for many years made an ethically questionable living by enabling naive lottery winners to convert their payout terms into less-valuable cash settlements reveals how many winners of the lottery find themselves worse off for their changed circumstances, in an account that evaluates the American obsession with playing the lottery and gambling. 50,000 first printing.