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The Hippie Movement

Every Halloween, there are thousands of people dressing up in these bright, loose, really “out-there” clothes with circle sunglasses with blue lenses and peace signs and tie-dye everywhere. They’re dressing up as hippies! What is interesting is that a majority of these people don’t know who the hippies really are. They were much more...

Social Mobility

Photo courtesy of João Lavinha Social mobility is the ability to move up or down in social class. Typically, those who believe social mobility is possible claim that no matter what status one begins as, one can move up or down depending on how they lead their life financially. In recent history, however, it has...

Poverty as Pathology

Photo courtesy of Jukka Kervinen Poverty as pathology is the theory that the poor are poor because of their own actions or lack thereof. The poor suffer from character flaws, lack of motivation, and potentially even mental disorders. Basically, those who believe in poverty as a pathology blame the poor for their own suffering....

Whitestone: Where’s the Poverty?

Living in New York is truly a privilege. There are opportunities everywhere, new things to see everyday, and best of all, so many different cultures surrounding you. This is particularly true when one travels through the five boroughs: Queens, Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Staten Island. Fortunately, I live in Queens, the most diverse...

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