YOU ARE GOING TO DIE - (Barbara Ehrenreich)
YOUR BODY IS AN ALIEN
I GIVE UP - Barbara Ehrenreich
“In the health-conscious mind-set that has prevailed among the world’s affluent people for about four decades now, health is indistinguishable from virtue.” - From Natural Causes: An Epidemic of Wellness, the Certainty of Dying, and Killing Ourselves to Live Longer. - Amazon.com
Barbara Ehrenreich - In, Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America (2001), she spent a year working at unskilled jobs. In Living With a Wild God (2014), she recounted her own spiritual epiphanies in adolescence and her struggle, as a determined atheist, to understand her “furious encounter with a living substance that was coming at me through all things at once.
It Is Expensive to Be Poor - Barbara Ehrenreich
Minimum-wage jobs are physically demanding, have unpredictable schedules, and pay so meagerly that workers can't save up enough to move on.
The Great Recession should have put the victim-blaming theory of poverty to rest. In the space of only a few months, millions of people entered the ranks of the officially poor—not only laid-off blue-collar workers, but also downsized tech workers, managers, lawyers, and other once-comfortable professionals. No one could accuse these “nouveau poor” Americans of having made bad choices or bad lifestyle decisions. They were educated, hardworking, and ambitious, and now they were also poor—applying for food stamps, showing up in shelters, lining up for entry-level jobs in retail. This would have been the moment for the pundits to finally admit the truth: Poverty is not a character failing or a lack of motivation. Poverty is a shortage of money.
The criminalization of poverty has accelerated since the recession.
Barbara Ehrenreich is the author of Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America (2001); Living with a Wild God: A Nonbeliever's Search for the Truth about Everything (2014); Natural Causes: An Epidemic of Wellness, the Certainty of Dying, and Killing Ourselves to Live Longer (2018), and other books.
Barbara Ehrenreich's blog
Appearances on C-SPAN
How ‘Wellness’ Culture Creates an Illusion of Control Over Death
Barbara Bush 'in failing health,' declines more treatment
Living With a Wild God: A Skeptic's Journey