Stories by Barbara Ehrenreich

Barbara Ehrenreich is the author of thirteen books, including the New York Times bestseller Nickel and Dimed. A frequent contributor to the New York Times, Harpers, and the Progressive, she is a contributing writer to Time magazine. She lives in Florida. subscribe to Barbara Ehrenreich's feed

Posted on: Feb 19, 2013, Source: Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung - New York Office

How the rise and fall of the professional-managerial class has impacted the last hundred years.

Posted on: Nov 9, 2012, Source:

Mr. President, bail out your real constituency.

Posted on: May 17, 2012, Source:

The trick is to rob them in ways that are systematic, impersonal, and almost impossible to trace to individual perpetrators.

Posted on: Mar 15, 2012, Source:

Prevailing attitudes towards poverty blame the victim. Here's why that's so wrong.

Posted on: Dec 15, 2011, Source: The Nation and

For decades, conservatives have generated antipathy towards a so-called "liberal elite." Occupy helped America discover the 1% and their crimes.

Posted on: Oct 24, 2011, Source: AlterNet

Posted on: Oct 23, 2011, Source:

The Occupy Wall Streeters are beginning to discover what homeless people have known all along--that most ordinary activities are illegal when performed in American streets.

Posted on: Aug 12, 2011, Source:

"When you leave the relative safety of the middle class, you might as well have given up your citizenship and taken residence in a hostile nation."

Posted on: Aug 8, 2011, Source: Democracy Now!

Barbara Ehrenreich discusses the sorry state of the American economy and how it impacts real people.

Posted on: Jul 10, 2011, Source:

How far will the automation of war and the substitution of autonomous robots for human fighters go?

Posted on: Apr 29, 2011, Source: The American Prospect

If Wal-Mart is a person, as per the Supreme Court, it's a behemoth terrorizing the countryside. But when it comes to workers' rights, it remains curiously immune from lawsuits.

Posted on: Aug 17, 2010, Source: The Nation

The role of the left should not be to uphold or defend a government increasingly at odds with the interests of the people, but to change it, drastically and from the ground up.

Posted on: May 20, 2010, Source: Psychotherapy Networker

Positive psychology -- forced optimism -- is actually quite Calvinist, putting happiness to work as a means to an end.

Posted on: Dec 2, 2009, Source:

What feminists don't need, no matter how many "races for the cure" they run, is a ladies’ auxiliary to the cancer-industrial complex.

Posted on: Nov 3, 2009, Source:

Too much faith in private enterprise has left us open to a flu epidemic.

Posted on: Oct 13, 2009, Source:

Much-discussed study claims that women are more depressed relative to men in recent decades, when it actually suggests that neither marriage nor children make women happy.

Posted on: Aug 19, 2009, Source: The New York Times

If you're living on the streets, engaging in the biological necessities of life -- like sitting, sleeping, lying down or loitering -- will get you in jail.

Posted on: Aug 9, 2009, Source:

40 percent of African Americans will have experienced unemployment or underemployment by 2010 and child poverty will increase to slightly over half.

Posted on: Jun 3, 2009, Source: AlterNet

Drop your sense of entitlement, Ehrenreich tells a graduating class of media makers, journalists are now "part of the working class."

Posted on: May 11, 2009, Source: Madison Capital Times

You may be poorer than you've ever been, but you have more free time to express anger and urgency.

Posted on: Mar 5, 2009, Source: The Nation

The electroshock paddles of "stimulus" keep being applied, but the capitalist patient isn't waking up. Is it now safe to talk about socialism?

Posted on: Feb 25, 2009, Source:

America in the Bush years was so vicious and stupid that it managed to take my freedom of speech and turn it into someone else's living hell.

Posted on: Feb 20, 2009, Source: AlterNet

The American taxpayer, reeling from the economic meltdown, doesn't feel like subsidizing lavish jets and bonuses any more.

Posted on: Jan 12, 2009, Source:

As the poor and the formerly middle-class become the new American majority, will they finally have enough status to get their needs met?

Posted on: Sep 25, 2008, Source:

Besides greed, another habit of mind should get its share of the blame: the delusional optimism of mainstream, all-American, positive thinking.

Posted on: Aug 12, 2008, Source:

The wife of get-rich-now pastor Joel Osteen faces a civil trial that embodies the sense of entitlement of those who preach the gospel of prosperity.

Posted on: Jul 28, 2008, Source:

In a culture where credit rating is the key measure of self-worth, the increasing response to huge debts is "Just shoot me!"

Posted on: Jun 23, 2008, Source:

Obese America is literally sitting on vast energy reserves -- all we need to do is extract it.

Posted on: Jun 16, 2008, Source: The Nation

In the era of the superrich, if a place is truly beautiful, ordinary people can't afford to be there.

Posted on: May 16, 2008, Source:

Hillary Clinton smashed the myth of innate female moral superiority in the worst possible way -- by demonstrating female moral inferiority.

Posted on: Apr 7, 2008, Source:

Faced with $4-per-gallon diesel fuel, truck drivers -- who deliver 70 percent of the nation's goods -- are hitting the brakes.

Posted on: Mar 19, 2008, Source:

When it comes to unsavory religious affiliations, Hillary Clinton is a lot more vulnerable than Barack Obama.

Posted on: Mar 11, 2008, Source:

We have been the world's designated shoppers, and, if we fall down on the job, we take the global economy with us.

Posted on: Feb 15, 2008, Source:

When Americans vote for "change," what they're really saying is, "<i>Get us out of here!</i>"

Posted on: Feb 4, 2008, Source: The Washington Post

Our challenge isn't just to prop up stock prices but to rebuild an economy in which everyone shares the good times.

Posted on: Jan 22, 2008, Source:

Ben Bernanke may not use this imagery, but the immediate challenge is how best to get the economy throbbing again.

Posted on: Jan 9, 2008, Source:

Growth and productivity mean nothing when they are de-coupled from most people's lived experience: being squeezed.

Posted on: Dec 4, 2007, Source:

When we live in gated communities, are we keeping things out or just fencing ourselves in?

Posted on: Nov 20, 2007, Source:

Can you spare a tear for the ultra-wealthy?

Posted on: Nov 14, 2007, Source: The Nation

The plight of the writers doesn't invoke the same sympathies as more blue-collar workers, but anyone who's willing to stand up to greedy bosses deserves our support.