Why aren't the poor in revolt? Rick Cohen wonders if "philanthropy work[s] against collective action" that might effect social change.
"[A] more intriguing explanation of the quiescent poor is [NY Times op-ed contributor Thomas] Edsall’s observation that since [Hubert] Humphrey’s remark in the 1960s, there has been little public support for collective action and class-based solidarity.... The societal dynamic underway is individualization, a dynamic in which people are seeking and obtaining new personal rights and responsibilities." -- Rick Cohen, the Nonprofit Quarterly