Category Archives: deserving/undeserving

Op-Ed/Harvard Law Review Blog entry: “Pulling from a Dated Playbook: President Trump’s Executive Order on Poverty”

Trump-Signing-Executive-OrderEzra Rosser, Pulling from a Dated Playbook: President Trump’s Executive Order on Poverty, Harvard Law Review Blog, Apr. 18, 2018.


Trump signs Executive Order Reducing Poverty in America by Promoting Opportunity and Economic Mobility

The executive order is here. A Vox story presenting its main features is here. In happier and somewhat related news, Paul Ryan announced today that he is not seeking reelection.

Hopefully I will find a placement for the response op-ed I wrote today (though at 1,500 words, it is a bit long for a standard op-ed). . . .

[Self-Promoting Post] New Op-Ed: “Trump’s all out war on the poor”

[Self-Promoting Post] New Op-Ed: Ezra Rosser, Trump’s all out war on the poor, The Hill, Feb. 15, 2018.

Op-Ed: “Single Mothers Are Not the Problem”

Op-Ed: David Brady et al., Single Mothers Are Not the Problem, N.Y. Times, Feb. 11, 2018.

News Coverage: “Who’s Able-Bodied Anyway?”

News Coverage: Emily Badger & Margot Sanger-Katz, Who’s Able-Bodied Anyway?, N.Y. Times, Feb. 3, 2018. [Note: I separately retweeted this, but I am still getting a handle on how to deal with the two platforms–I am putting more on Twitter than on the blog but this seemed worth putting on the blog too.]

New Article: “A Poor Mother’s Right to Privacy: A Review”

New Article: Danielle Keats Citron, A Poor Mother’s Right to Privacy: A Review, 98 B.U. L. Rev. (2018, Forthcoming). Abstract below:

Collecting personal data is a feature of daily life. Businesses, advertisers, agencies, and law enforcement amass massive reservoirs of our personal data. This state of affairs—what I am calling the “collection imperative”—is justified in the name of efficiency, convenience, and security. The unbridled collection of personal data, meanwhile, leads to abuses. Public and private entities have disproportionate power over individuals and groups whose information they have amassed. Nowhere is that power disparity more evident than for the state’s surveillance of the indigent. Poor mothers, in particular, have vanishingly little privacy. Whether or not poor mothers receive subsidized prenatal care, the existential state of poor mothers is persistent and indiscriminate state surveillance.

Professor Khiara Bridges’s book, The Poverty of Privacy Rights, advances the project of securing privacy for the most vulnerable among us. It shows how the moral construction of poverty animates the state’s surveillance of poor mothers, rather than legitimate concerns about prenatal care. It argues that poor mothers have a constitutional right not to be known if the state’s data collection efforts demean and humiliate them for no good reason. The Poverty of Privacy Rights provides an important lens for rethinking the data collection imperative more generally. It supplies a theory not only on which a constitutional right to information privacy can be built but also on which positive law and norms can develop. Concepts of reciprocity may provide another analytical tool to understand a potential right to be as unknown to government as it is to us.

News Coverage: “Why the Trump administration won’t let Maine ban soda and candy from food stamps”

News Coverage: Caitlin Dewey, Why the Trump administration won’t let Maine ban soda and candy from food stamps, Wash. Post, Jan. 20, 2018.

News Coverage: “Making Medicaid a Tool for Moral Education May Let Some Die”

News Coverage: Eduardo Porter, Making Medicaid a Tool for Moral Education May Let Some Die, N.Y. Times, Jan. 16, 2018.

New Article: “Judging “Poor” Choices”

New Article: Corey Binns, Judging “Poor” Choices, Stan. Soc. Innovation Rev., Winter 2017 [note, behind a paywall].

News Coverage: “West End condo would not only have “poor door,” but poor playground”