The Rich and the Rest of Us: A Poverty Manifesto

The Rich and the Rest of Us A Poverty Manifesto Record unemployment and rampant corporate avarice empty houses but homeless families dwindling opportunities in an increasingly paralyzed nation these are the realities of st century America land

  • Title: The Rich and the Rest of Us: A Poverty Manifesto
  • Author: Tavis Smiley Cornel West
  • ISBN: 9781401940638
  • Page: 468
  • Format: Paperback
  • Record unemployment and rampant corporate avarice, empty houses but homeless families, dwindling opportunities in an increasingly paralyzed nation these are the realities of 21st century America, land of the free and home of the new middle class poor Award winning broadcaster Tavis Smiley and Dr Cornel West, one of the nation s leading democratic intellectuals, co hostsRecord unemployment and rampant corporate avarice, empty houses but homeless families, dwindling opportunities in an increasingly paralyzed nation these are the realities of 21st century America, land of the free and home of the new middle class poor Award winning broadcaster Tavis Smiley and Dr Cornel West, one of the nation s leading democratic intellectuals, co hosts of Public Radio s Smiley West , now take on the P word poverty.The Rich and the Rest of Us is the next step in the journey that began with The Poverty Tour A Call to Conscience Smiley and West s 18 city bus tour gave voice to the plight of impoverished Americans of all races, colors, and creeds With 150 million Americans persistently poor or near poor, the highest numbers in over five decades, Smiley and West argue that now is the time to confront the underlying conditions of systemic poverty in America before it s too late.By placing the eradication of poverty in the context of the nation s greatest moments of social transformation such as the abolition of slavery, woman s suffrage, and the labor and civil rights movements ending poverty is sure to emerge as America s 21st century civil rights struggle.As the middle class disappears and the safety net is shredded, Smiley and West, building on the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr ask us to confront our fear and complacency with 12 poverty changing ideas They challenge us to re examine our assumptions about poverty in America what it really is and how to eliminate it now.

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    1. Tavis Smiley Cornel West

      Tavis Smiley is a talk show host, author, political commentator, entrepreneur, advocate and philanthropist Smiley grew up in Kokomo, Indiana After attending Indiana University, he worked during the late 1980s as an aide to Tom Bradley, the mayor of Los Angeles Smiley became a radio commentator in 1991, and starting in 1996 he hosted the talk show BET Talk later renamed BET Tonight on BET Controversially, after Smiley sold an exclusive interview of Sara Jane Olson to ABC News in 2001, BET declined to renew Smiley s contract that year Smiley then began hosting The Tavis Smiley Show on NPR from 2002 to 2004 and currently hosts Tavis Smiley on PBS on the weekdays and The Tavis Smiley Show from PRI Most recently, he and best friend Dr Cornel West have joined forces for their own radio talk show, Smiley West.

    980 thoughts on “The Rich and the Rest of Us: A Poverty Manifesto”

    1. It's a sad fact that the only people who read books like this are those that don't need to be. It’s just good old fashioned preaching to the choir. It's a sadder fact that the people who need to read this book the most never will. They're too busy voting against their own economic interests.A few years ago as I would drive to work in the morning there'd be a group of "yes to prop 8" people gathered with their signs and their children and their idiocy, asking cars to honk in agreement to bannin [...]

    2. I read most of it, but I really couldn't rally myself to get to the finish line with this one. I'm not sure why. I really like Tavis Smiley and there was loads of good information in the bookAnyway

    3. Finally finished this book, and I certainly was moved. At the end of the day, I do have some mixed feelings about the book. This is not due to the content. It is just that it is the kind of book that the choir will pretty much pick up, nod in agreement, and then move on, and the clueless will just completely miss. I get the feeling that the people who really should be reading this book will either miss it or ignore it. After all, pointing out that poverty exists and calling out those actually re [...]

    4. i’ve longed admired Cornell West (in spite of his religiosity – he at least seems to embody what most christians claim to be, which is empathetic, kind, forgiving, etc. anybody that can refer to “brother rush” [Limbaugh] without making a gagging sound is a truly open and loving person.) the book is full of history and statistics, graphs and charts; but it has a very personal aspect to it as well as the authors quote real people who have lost their jobs, their homes, and their hope since [...]

    5. If you are familiar with the work of West and Smiley, nothing in this book will surprise you. It is an impassioned, sincere call to action, nothing less than the eradication of poverty in America. The profiles of some of the desperately poor people they met on their poverty tour are heartbreaking, and the historical analysis of how government has gradually abandoned anti-poverty programs over the past few decades is deeply troubling. West and Smiley call for a new society of compassion, fairness [...]

    6. Last summer, media personality Tavis Smiley and Professor Cornell West undertook a 'poverty tour' of ten or eleven states, video taping as they went, and reporting on what they found on their radio program. I followed their tour intently, and I was very moved by the stories of the people they met along the way. I am interested in poverty; I think the issue is of the greatest importance in our nation, and in the world, and I am saddened that--quite literally--these are the only two people in the [...]

    7. As i have great respect for both of the authors of this book, and they are both talented orators, i was really looking forward to reading this. Unfortunately, i think they knocked it out over a beer or two, or perhaps had their favorite college kids do it; it is sloppy, redundant, all over the place. Their ideas for solutions never quite make it to profound - still using gushy platitudes and bandaid attempts to fix an irretrievably broken system. The very real crisis of "the rich and the rest of [...]

    8. I had the chance to see Tavis Smiley and Cornel West speak on the topic of poverty tonight (January 18th 2013) and decided to buy the book so I could get it signed after the talk and I ended up finishing it in just a few hours- once I started I definitely didn't want to put it down. The layout of the book is really nice- the information is well-organized, although the last section of the book- The Poverty Manifesto- seemed a bit redundant. It was broken up into 2 parts- the basic manifesto where [...]

    9. If you are looking for a book to give your conservative brother-in-law to convince him that his judgments about the poor in the U.S. and governmental priorities need reexamination, this is not it. I was hoping it might be, but it's just a sloppy book in need of a good editor. The authors throw in some barely legible graphics of poverty statistics and a thin sprinkling of narratives of real poor people they met on their "Poverty Tour." But there are not enough narratives to balance the repetitive [...]

    10. I agree wholeheartedly with the major premise of the book: to change poverty we must first change the language we use to think and communicate about poverty. Drawing parallels with the civil rights movement, the gay rights movement, and the women's liberation movement the authors insist that change beginsby aanalyzing the stigmas and connotations and images conjured in our current lexicon. Since the great recession has impoverished so many many formerly hard working middle class Americans we mus [...]

    11. Absolutely loved this book! I caught Tavis Smiley on an episode of Carson Daly and quickly requested it from my library. I waited for close to three months for it to fill my hold and it was well worth the wait! I read the entire thing in one night and then ended up going to buy my own copy because I found I wanted to high light important pieces and write my own notes on topics.Tavis Smiley and Cornel West break down the horrific facts of the poverty that literally is silently plaguing our countr [...]

    12. YES. yes yes yes. Cornel West is my hero. And that's a bold statement, coming from a true cynic. Tavis is also a hero of mine. If it weren't for their compassion and encouragement I would not be able to contain my rage about the assault on the poor. Hearing their weekly radio show is the only reason I don't have to go to church. And I'm an atheist so you know I have no moral barometer, every godless day brings me one step closer to murdering a dozen lobbyists. Smiley & West bring me peace in [...]

    13. I enjoyed the book. I found it to be completely relevant, factual, and it added a historical lends (what can I say? i love history). With that being said, I did have some issues with the book. A better structure to the book would have helped. Some of the things they talked about toward the last one-third of the book should have been in the beginning. I think readers would have been better served if the authors had provided the old (20th century) definition of "the middle-class" and "the working [...]

    14. Mind you, I don't mind reading statistics and percentagesbut I think the average person would be quickly disenchanted with this (similar to my review of Jesse Ventura's book). Nevertheless, this was still an informative book and a quick read, and I appreciated the fact that the authors criticized both political parties, although I did feel at certain points in the book that they were endorsing one political party.

    15. Two great minds with so much wisdom and yet I got the impression that this book was hastily written and produced. (Typos?!) Read the actual poverty manifesto, it's chapter 7 I think, and you will find the most valuable parts of this book. Suitable for high schoolers and up. Helpful stats and anecdotes throughout, though failed to enlighten or inspire me as their brilliant show and live lectures do. Good material for reflection during the upcoming election.

    16. I LOVED THIS BOOK; I couldn't put it down! Such an easy read- it clearly explains difficult topics and has several charts and graphs to illustrate the history of poverty in the US. I have a better understanding of our current economic crisis after reading this book and feel even more informed to defend those living in poverty when I hear people playing the blame game.

    17. Poverty and income inequality are REAL.This book is a call to action to remedy the ills of the poor, near poor, and working poor that came at the hands of the financial crisis and every presidential administration since Reagan.

    18. Great and quick readI really enjoyed this book. If you're a fellow bookworm and are at all interested in poverty law, policy, and practice, you won't want to put this down.

    19. In the back of my mind I wondered "Is this book going to make me feel guilty about having a job and existing while others are suffering considerably?" However, I wanted to understand what the argument was and am glad to say it's far from any guilt propaganda, but rather educational and humane reading. I won't break down details because anyone who is inclined to read this ought to, for themselves. But here were some things that surprised me:1. The idea that "poverty" does not look the same as it [...]

    20. First of all, this is a highly localized book. It is made for the people in the US and now. 50 years from now it would look ridiculous or hysterical.Than there is hardly any reason in these pages. But there is emotion. And some numbers and graphs to puzzle the ones who are not content only with the emotion.It is a shallow book. A preacher book. Christianity in its pure form, just without mentioning the deity.And it is a pity to mess up such an issue just to make a long sermon and a revival tour. [...]

    21. I got to see Cornel West speak back in 2008, and even though I did not see eye to eye with him on a few issues, I could not deny his energy, passion, and charisma. Ever since then I have followed Cornel West's career. I have read a number of his articles and have watched several interviews of him.I know he has written numerous best-selling books, but I was never sure which one I should start with. I finally saw The Rich and the Rest of Us written by Cornel West and media personality Tavis Smiley [...]

    22. The majority of reasons that I liked this book is that I agree with the political ideas behind it. The authors do a good job of bringing in statistics to support the points made.However, a better editor would have come in handy. This is not the book to hand to a fiscal conservative and say "See! I am right!!!1!" which is too bad, because we are. There is more to being poor than even most middle class Americans realize. And that is a travesty because if these trends continue, we are all about to [...]

    23. I wanted to read this because of all the (really negative!) dialogue regarding "the rich," "the poor," "class warfare," "welfare bums," "Occupy Wall Street," "the 99%" so on and so forth. This book is a summary of the current (2012) state of poverty in America, how it relates to the rise and fall of poverty throughout the nation's history, and how we might try to mobilize the nation as a whole to reduce or eliminate some of the desperation people are in now.The title and summary led me to believ [...]

    24. I was looking for a good scholarly book on the state of current socioeconomics of the poor. As a prelude to reading that text I came across this one. I thought it would be interesting to hear the views of two articulate black men who I respect, I was not disappointed. The authors went on a nation wide tour of some of the most impoverish cities in the country. A large number of people they interviewed were non minorities. A lot of these people were upper-middle class making $150,000 a year, just [...]

    25. On this sweltering 4th of July, I finished this persuasive book by Tavis Smiley and Cornel West. Without hyperbole, it declares our nation to be in a state of emergency. The Rich and the Rest of Us calls us to action. It urges us to write to the President urging him to make the eradication of poverty in America his highest priority. Until we work toward long-term solutions and living wage jobs, we cannot regain status as a great nation. A vast majority are barely getting by, and America has done [...]

    26. Other reviewers are rightad Chapter 7 and skip the rest. Lots of repetition otherwise. Also the spelling and grammatical errors were distracting. Good jumping off point for learning about poverty, though.Interesting ideas from the book1. The FICO score should be overhauled and more transparent. Authors spent about 6 sentences on this novel idea before going back to their usual fare of quotes from famous dead people and stories that end with 'd, did you know, that young man grew up to be Jesus.'2 [...]

    27. I came to "The Rich and the Rest of Us" after one of the two authors made an appearance on the Daily Show. Opening it, I expected to hear how terrible poverty is, but I was really looking forward to some fresh thinking on how to deal with it.So, here's what I learned: I'm not as poor as I like to think, and that poverty really stinks. Further, that poverty has been so stigmatized that it's difficult to discuss.And that the authors have some clear ideas of the causes of poverty. . . But are not b [...]

    28. Tavis Smiley and Dr. Cornel West wrote this book to expose the reality of poverty in the United States. Their goal is to give the poor a voice and to begin a national dialog about poverty, something Washington refuses to do. Politicians barely acknowledge poverty out of fear of being labeled a socialist. The Great Recession left millions of middle class people either unemployed or underemployed. Poverty rose by 2.6 million people between 2009 and 2010. The “new poor” have been added to the r [...]

    29. I enjoyed reading this book, but only because I find this to be an interesting topic. I disagree pretty strongly with most of the points made by these authors. For example, they constantly spoke about the stigma of poverty. I have been poor (and depending on your definition, maybe I still am). I haven't experienced this stigma that they're talking about. I do think that most people are embarrassed to be poor, but I don't think the poor are generally horribly ostracized by society. In fact, I thi [...]

    30. Although burdened with lengthy (and sometimes excessive) statistics at times, the book does an extraordinarily great job of preaching the necessity for an overhaul in the United States' government's treatment of the poor, near poor, and working poor. An overhaul both in regards to the legislation the United States passes, as well as an overhaul of its citizens mentality towards groups of poverty stricken individuals and accepting the definition and reality of "poverty". The latter of which is sl [...]

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