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: Dec 1, 2015, Source: TomDispatch

A combination of downward mobility and racial resentment may be an invitation to the kind of despair that leads to suicide in one form or another.

Posted on: Aug 6, 2015, Source: The Guardian

A relatively affluent person can afford to write about minimum wage jobs. Yet people experiencing them can’t.

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 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."