Lilo Heller, a Holocaust survivor, was born in Germany in 1921 and witnessed the rise of Nazism.
"The poor you have with you always." Jesus is said to have spoken these words, but he certainly didn't mean that his followers should aim to keep it that way.
It was James's life experiences - the economic hardship and decline of the post-industrial era - that led him to socialism and compelled him to care for those around him.
Some of the commentary from the left on President's Obama's recent State of the Union address struck me as too negative, even cynical in a few instances.
We are headed to a world where just one percent of the population own and control more than all the rest of us combined.
Finally, most people outside the one percent at the top are realizing that the vast gulf of inequality is very dangerous for our country and the world.
I remember the words attributed to my favorite American humorist, Mark Twain: "Figures don't lie, but liars can sure figure."
Gretchen Morgenson isn't a household name, and probably never will be. But on Wall Street, everybody knows her.
Workers are being made to work harder, longer - and there is no respite, not even sick leave.
President's Obama's State of the Union address included a welcome centerpiece proposal taxing finance capital and the rich, and giving it to the middle class and poor.