So... I've got pages for my thoughts on racism and sexism, and on each of those pages I had lists of links to articles or videos about those issues. But I finally decided to move those links to a page specifically for links. That saved space on the other pages, as well as giving me a place to include links about issues other than just racism and sexism. However, even that page started getting too long, so I eventually broke it up into a few separate pages for different social justice issues.
This page (which was originally included under "other issues," until it accumulated enough links) is mostly meant to be about income inequality and discriminatory attitudes about people living in poverty. But it will also be about the problems with capitalism itself, and the benefits of democratic socialism (or more specifically, social democracy). I must admit, being an American, the idea that "capitalism" is synonymous with "commerce" or a "free market" is so deeply ingrained in my thinking that I sometimes forget that's not true. While I do think that it's possible for capitalism to work if it's properly regulated and counterbalanced with certain elements of social democracy, that neglects the fact that doing so really just means making capitalism less capitalist. I.e., any good that comes from regulating capitalism doesn't actually say anything good about capitalism; in fact it says precisely the opposite.
Please note, the links on this page are mostly just stuff I've seen shared on facebook or learned of elsewhere, starting in May 2014. As such, these links barely scratch the surface of the subjects they address. There is much more research you or I or anyone can do on these subjects, which is beyond the present scope and purpose of this page. (Also note that links I add to this page may include articles, videos, etc., which were made long before I first saw them.) Some of the links I share here will be negative (showing society's problems), others will be positive (showing ways society is changing for the better and/or offering advice on how to help change society and ourselves).
TW/CN: some of the sites linked to from this page will talk about traumatic issues. Also, some use problematic language, particularly ableist terms to describe bigoted or classist people or attitudes.
5 successful corporations show what can happen when employees are paid a living wage.
7 Lies About Welfare That Many People Believe Are Fact
America's March to Inequality: Why the U.N. Poverty Report Alarms Trump's Plutocrats
'CEOs don't want this released': US study lays bare extreme pay-ratio problem
Class Warfare (this is something I wrote)
The Corporate Plan to Groom U.S. Kids for Servitude by Wiping Out Public Schools
Dollars on the Margins
The economy may be booming, but nearly half of Americans can't make ends meet
'Eye-Popping': Analysis Shows Top 1% Gained $21 Trillion in Wealth Since 1989 While Bottom Half Lost $900 Billion
The ‘Glass Floor’ Is Keeping America’s Richest Idiots At The Top
Gulf Between Richest And Poorest Is Wider Than Previously Thought, Oxfam Says
How Algorithmic Experiments Harm People Living in Poverty
How Capitalist Utopia Became Everyone Else’s Dystopia
If democratic socialism is so bad, why is Norway so great?
Just how much more wealthy than you is Jeff Bezos? Scroll to find out
The Lines That Divide America
A minimum-wage worker needs 2.5 full-time jobs to afford a one-bedroom apartment in most of the US
Minimum wage would be $33 today if it grew like Wall Street bonuses have
Most Money Advice Is Worthless When You’re Poor
The New American Homeless
Our Political Economy Is Designed to Create Poverty and Inequality
The Pencilsword: On a plate (comic)
Poverty Is Both a Political and a Moral Choice Made By the Powerful
Progressive Taxation: How Does It Work? (comic)
Public versus private school — a study found just one factor can make all the difference.
Reaganomics killed America’s middle class
The Secret Shame of Middle-Class Americans
Socialism and the Self-Made Woman
‘Tax The Rich’ – A Fairy Tale Narrated By Ed Asner (w/video)
There Would Still Be Commerce
This Is What Class War Looks Like
We are the most unequal society in the developed world: As bad as you think income inequality is, it’s so much worse
We could end world poverty 7 times over with the money billionaires made in 2017
Wealth Inequality in America (video)
Wealth, shown to scale
What We Really Mean When We Talk About 'Entitlement Reform'
What Working-class and Poor White People Need to Understand About Rich White People
(Why) Americans Don’t Understand What Capitalism Really Is
Why are Republicans so cruel to the poor? Paul Ryan’s profound hypocrisy stands for a deeper problem
Why Are Rich People So Mean?
Why do we think poor people are poor because of their own bad choices?
Why the Wealthy Feel Poor
WTF is wrong with rich people?
Yes, The Minimum Wage Was Intended To Be A Living Wage