Fast forward to today. “The Other America” is just as accurate a statement of our current condition as it was when it was written 50 years ago. We made progress in the 1960s and 1970s in eliminating poverty and hunger and improving access to healthcare but in the last 30 years we have reversed direction. In today’s America income inequality is greater than at any time since the 1920s, hunger is widely prevalent, homelessness is epidemic, and over 50,000,000 people are uninsured. Only the elderly, because of Medicare, are doing better in some ways than they were in the 1960s. The same cannot be said for other age groups, particularly children.
Why have we not made more progress in eliminating the “other America?” Possible causes are in passages from the closing chapter of “The Other America.”