Monthly Archives: August 2014

2040 Guest Post: COMMUNITY: What’s in it for us?

Dennis Berens: I was honored to have served as the Director of the Nebraska State Office of Rural Health from 1990 until mid-2012. Since then, I have continued my work as a rural consultant trying to offer ideas, models and partnerships … Continue reading

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Ferguson, Missouri, and the White-Black Racial Divide

The White-Black racial divide in the U.S. was created before the nation declared its independence. Slavery was written into our Constitution. Given the deep historical grounding of race in this country, the divide can be thought of as part of … Continue reading

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2040 News: Ferguson, Missouri

Jamelle Bouie from Slate Magazine has traveled to Ferguson, Missouri, and reported on the police shooting death of black teenager Michael Brown. Bouie’s coverage, which encompasses the community outcry against that shooting and the police reaction to that outcry, describes not just … Continue reading

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Border Children – Migration “Push” and “Pull” – Part 2

My Swedish great-grandparents came from Småland province to the U.S. Midwest in the 1870’s.  This summer, on a visit to Sweden, I found out why. In Sweden at that time, there was an emigration “push” resulting from “peace, vaccinations, and … Continue reading

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2040 News: Rising Economic Inequality Undermines Long-Term Growth

The credit rating agency Standard & Poor’s has issued a report warning that increasing economic inequality in the U.S. may weaken long-term growth. Economic inequality has been rising steadily in the U.S. since 1979 (represented in the graph below by rising Gini … Continue reading

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2040 Politics: National, State, and Local

In politics last week, 2040 trends appeared in starring roles at the national, state, and local levels. National: U.S. Congressman Mo Brooks (Republican of Alabama) – in defending the policies of what the Wall Street Journal has dubbed the “GOP’s Deportation Caucus” … Continue reading

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Border Children – “It’s a Small World After All” Comes to the U.S. – Part 1

When Congress departed Washington last week for its month-long August recess, it left unresolved the question of the growing number of “border children” – minors from Central America who have crossed the Mexican border into the U.S. without either an adult or … Continue reading

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Fast Food Workers, McDonald’s, and the NLRB

This week, the General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruled that McDonald’s – the parent corporation – can be held liable along with McDonald’s – individual franchisees – for labor and wage violations.  This ruling changes 30 years of … Continue reading

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