Category Archives: deserving/undeserving

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”


Op-Ed: Ron Haskins on Work Requirements and Medicaid

Op-Ed: Ron Haskins, More Work, More Self-Sufficiency, Brookings, Nov. 14, 2017.

New Op-Ed: “The Poverty State of Mind and the State’s Obligations to the Poor”

New Op-Ed: Ezra Rosser, The Poverty State of Mind and the State’s Obligations to the Poor, CounterPunch, June 23, 2017.

If op-eds had footnotes, the last two paragraphs would probably cite to Peter Edelman.

New Book: “The Poverty of Privacy Rights”

KBNew Book: Khiara M. Bridges, The Poverty of Privacy Rights (Stanford Univ. Press, 2017). Overview below:

The Poverty of Privacy Rights makes a simple, controversial argument: Poor mothers in America have been deprived of the right to privacy.

The U.S. Constitution is supposed to bestow rights equally. Yet the poor are subject to invasions of privacy that can be perceived as gross demonstrations of governmental power without limits. Courts have routinely upheld the constitutionality of privacy invasions on the poor, and legal scholars typically understand marginalized populations to have “weak versions” of the privacy rights everyone else enjoys. Khiara M. Bridges investigates poor mothers’ experiences with the state—both when they receive public assistance and when they do not. Presenting a holistic view of just how the state intervenes in all facets of poor mothers’ privacy, Bridges shows how the Constitution has not been interpreted to bestow these women with family, informational, and reproductive privacy rights. Bridges seeks to turn popular thinking on its head: Poor mothers’ lack of privacy is not a function of their reliance on government assistance—rather it is a function of their not bearing any privacy rights in the first place. Until we disrupt the cultural narratives that equate poverty with immorality, poor mothers will continue to be denied this right.

The introduction is also available on SSRN here.

Podcast: How The ‘Scarcity Mindset’ Can Make Problems Worse

Podcast: Shankar Vadantam, How The ‘Scarcity Mindset’ Can Make Problems Worse, Morning Edition (Mar. 23, 2017).

Op-Ed: The Pope on Panhandling: Give Without Worry

Op-Ed: Editorial Board, The Pope on Panhandling: Give Without Worry, N.Y. Times (Mar. 3, 2017).

Podcast: Busted: America’s Poverty Myths

Podcast: Busted: America’s Poverty Myths, from On the Media

#1: The Poverty Tour

#2: Who Deserves to Be Poor?

#3: Rags to Riches

#4: When the Safety Net Doesn’t Catch You

#5: Breaking News Consumer’s Handbook: Poverty in American Edition



New Jotwell Review: “Recognizing Disgust, Repudiating Exile”

Here: Marc-Tizoc González, Recognizing Disgust, Repudiating Exile, JOTWELL (October 25, 2016) (reviewing Sara K. Rankin, The Influence of Exile, 76 Md. L. Rev. (forthcoming 2016), available at SSRN),