My friend Joe Lieb just called for a "Revolution of the Disposables"
Who are the Disposables?
They are the more than 90 million Americans of working age who are not in the labor force and do not have regular jobs
They are the millions of teenagers who dropped out or were pushed out of school in cities like Detroit and Memphis and New Orleans and Los Angeles and Chicago and have disappeared from view because the divisions between charter schools and public schools have made it impossible to develop a coherent strategy to make sure no child is lost.
They are all the people who graduated from college with huge debt and can't find a job with benefits so they package together three or four jobs to make ends meet whether they are living with their parents or living with groups of friends
They are the rural heroin addicts that no one knows how to explain and no one knows what to do with because they don't neatly fit in anybody's idea of what kind of country this is
Will all these folks ever find common cause with one another and demand that some form of economic security and decent schooling be available to all?
Or will we continue to sink deeper into poverty and stagnation.