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On Being Poor: How Poverty Inflames and Erodes Every Aspect of Life

Katie Klabusich @ Truthout - Living on the edge is exhausting and expensive. It's also lonely and stigmatized and those of us who reside there are expected to quietly work ourselves to the bone without making eye contact so as not to inconvenience anyone. We are to shuffle along - at best a cautionary tale for the middle class and the rich, at worst a punch line for ideologically thrifty politicians and anyone needing self-esteem through comparison.  Read more.


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