Episode

9/23 Jonah Birch: The Poverty of Culture & Airstrikes in Syria

September 23, 2014

New York University Sociology Graduate student and Jacobin contributing writer Jonah Birch explains where the myth of the “culture of poverty” comes from, the roots of the culture of poverty idea, prison and African American men, racial discrimination  and incarceration, the myths of African American commitment to education and work, social context and “valuing” families and consequences “respectability politics”.

America launches airstrikes on Syria targeting ISIS, Khorasan and the Al Nusra Front, the Middle Eastern countries backing American strikes and the cost of military action in Syria and Iraq.

How we name our Iraq wars, a disturbed vet jumps the White House fence, Rand Paul (or Randell Paul) wrote letters to his college newspaper calling taxes theft and people don’t need Food Stamps, and your calls and IMs.

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