Some sociology person in need of a thesis should explore how the dropout-to-success story plays out in different demographics (can people of color pull it off like white people? Can poor people? Is it a privilege to rely solely on accomplishments/potential rather than on achievements in education?)
The United States is getting accustomed to a completely crazy level of inequality,” Mr. Piketty said, with a degree of wonder. “People say that reducing inequality is radical. I think that tolerating the level of inequality the United States tolerates is radical.
[Genuine Progress Indicator] aims to measure and distinguish between worthwhile economic growth and growth that reduces wellbeing. While U.S. GDP has steadily increased since 1950, GPI peaked in about 1975 and has been gradually decreasing ever since—a 35-year recession in well-being!
Now, we must ensure that the necessary political will is mobilised to meet this deadline and to increase the ambition of emissions reductions targets in order to protect the most vulnerable people whose most basic rights to food, water and health are undermined by the impacts of climate change. Going forward, issues of equity and the right to development - principles underpinning the climate justice approach - will be core to agreeing [upon] a new legally binding regime.
By Desmond Tutu and Mary Robinson of Ireland, two of the worlds most renown leaders, about how climate change is a problem caused by the wealthy that disproportionately affects the poor.