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The Increasingly Impossible Middle Class

The increasingly impossible middle class

IN 2010 THE Commerce Department prepared data for the Obama administration’s Middle Class Task Force, headed by Vice President Joe Biden. Sidestepping knotty problems–see below–of just who was middle class, part of their study proposed a host of expectations that a middle class family would hold.

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Images of more than 100 doctors who have died during the pandemic are displayed outside the Medical College of Peru PHOTO: AFP

Peru’s COVID-19 crisis

Strikes and demonstrations are on the rise across Peru, as the government’s COVID-19 response has resulted in the country bearing the highest per capita infection rate and death toll in the world.

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Charlie Chaplin and Karl Marx in conversation

Modern Times, directed by Charlie Chaplin, was released in 1936, in the depths of the Great Depression. It opens with a clock marking the beginning of the working day and a sentence: “A story of industry, of individual enterprise—humanity crusading in the pursuit of happiness.”

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