Radnor Reports…from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

The Real State of Family Wealth: Will COVID-19 Worsen Racial, Educational and Generational Gaps in the U.S.?

By Ana Hernández Kent, Policy Analyst, Center for Household Financial Stability; Lowell R. Ricketts, Lead Analyst, Center for Household Financial Stability; William R. Emmons, Economist and Assistant Vice President, St. Louis Fed; and Ray Boshara, Director, Center for Household Financial Stability

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Posted in Controversial, Coronavirus, Families, Federal Reserve, Thought-Provoking Analysis, wealth

Democracy hangs in the balance: How to Stop a Power Grab

 Andrew Marantz of the New Yorker –

As democracy hangs in the balance, activists are drawing lessons from the study of civil resistance.

About a week before Election Day, Erica Chenoweth, the Berthold Beitz Professor in Human Rights and International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School, hosted an impromptu Zoom meeting for students, alumni, and colleagues—a free-form conversation in which people could ask questions, express anxieties, and try to gauge, from a comparative-politics perspective, whether the United States was totally screwed or just moderately screwed.

As rectangles on the Zoom grid flickered to life, Chenoweth played “Freedom,” by Beyoncé (“I break chains all by myself / Won’t let my freedom rot in Hell”). Chenoweth is an expert in civil resistance, a term that Chenoweth uses interchangeably with “nonviolent mass action,” or “strategic nonviolent conflict,” or “unarmed insurrection.”

Most political scientists study how political institutions work; Chenoweth and other scholars of civil resistance study what happens when mainstream political institutions break down and the people rise up.

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Posted in 2020 election, Constitutional crisis, Controversial, Donald Trump, Joe Biden, Political parties, Republicans, The New Yorker, Thought-Provoking Analysis, United States

Government Restrictions on Religion Reach Highest Level Globally in More Than a Decade

Pew Research –

Authoritarian governments are more likely to restrict religion

In 2018, the global median level of government restrictions on religion – that is, laws, policies and actions by officials that impinge on religious beliefs and practices – continued to climb, reaching an all-time high since Pew Research Center began tracking these trends in 2007.

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Posted in Controversial, government, Pew Research, Religion

How To Fight With Your Family At Thanksgiving

Maggie Koerth of FiveThirtyEight –

1. Holidays can be hard. Holidays mixed with politics can be even harder.

2. If you’re arguing about values, decide whether your values include maintaining the relationship.

3. Arguments go better in families that value disagreement.

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Posted in Controversial, Families, Politics, Turkey, United States

Still reaching for a whale in the wild

Evy Dubrow still joins us for Thanksgiving every year

Ken Feltman –

Tomorrow, we will laugh – and tears may flow – as my family recalls past Thanksgivings with one of the most powerful women in Washington’s lobbying history. I will recall the victories we shared when we put her labor unions and my large and small businesses together.

When Evy Dubrow was alive, we would sit down at the table, then she would offer a few passages from the Old Testament and I would offer a few from the New Testament.

Then came the fun: As we enjoyed the Thanksgiving dinner, she would tell a few stories from her long and successful life.

Click the link below to read the original article from 2006:

Evy Dubrow: A life worth living | Radnor Reports: Information for decision-makers

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