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Thomas Sowell on the root causes of income inequality

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by Jim Henry
Posted 12/30/14, 04:10 pm

Thomas Sowell is a preeminent economist, a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, and author of the best-selling Basic Economics: A Common Sense Guide to the Economy, now in its 5th edition. He is one of today’s clearest voices for the benefits of free market policies and the failure of government intervention to improve the human condition. We talked about the factors that create income inequality and the reasons why some politicians look for someone to blame for poverty, rather than considering its root causes.

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A nation at risk

Poverty | Extreme poverty, dependency, and distrust plague the Navajo Nation, and secular solutions aren’t working
by Sophia Lee
Posted 12/12/14, 01:00 am

CHINLE, Ariz.—On a hot, cloudless Monday morning in the heart of the Navajo reservation, women wearing traditional turquoise jewelry and men with silver-buckled belts and cowboy hats gathered at a community center. All came determined to have their voices heard.

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Luke Sharrett

Far as the curse is found

Poverty | The poverty rate remains stubbornly high 50 years—and trillions of dollars—after the federal war on poverty began, but some have learned true riches come from a source higher than government
by Jamie Dean
Posted 12/12/14, 01:00 am

NEON, Ky.—On a steep hill overlooking an abandoned coal mine in McDowell, Ky., a broken railroad and rusted coal chute testify to busier days in this isolated community in the mountains of eastern Kentucky.

During the mine’s heyday in the 1960s, sturdy men strapped on heavy helmets with bright headlamps and descended into the earth to extract tons of black rock that powered thousands of homes and most of the state’s economy.

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