The War on the Poor: A Defense Manual
by Nancy Folbre
Sometime between 1964 and 1994, the war on poverty turned into a war on the poor, with the Republicans and Democrats blaming them for their own poverty. This book provides the defence for these people, examining middle-class welfare; family values; child support; teen poverty; the minimum wage; the underclass; orphanages; health; hunger; corporate welfare; block grants; pr...more
Paperback, 142 pages
Published May 1st 1996 by New Press, The
To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
(showing 1-30 of 35)
The War on the Poor reads like a long pamphlet. It is about poverty in the US, but more particularly the economic warfare that both parties have waged on the poor by cutting and undermining social aid programs. Most of the book is set up in a myth-reality format, debunking an anti-poor conservative myth each page. There are lots of silly cartoons and illustrations, and the responses to each myth are short bullet points. The last chapters have extended text, but are still just very short essays o...more