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"Bootstrapped": The self-made myth and the “dystopian social safety net” it created

Apr 3, 2023
Journalist Alissa Quart says America’s myths about self-reliance have overshadowed the roles that communities play in financial success.
Warming centers, like this one set up in a Boston train station in February, are part of the "dystopian social safety net," author Alissa Quart says.
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The self-made millionaire who gave his money to people who just asked for it

Aug 21, 2017
Percy Ross, known as "America's Rich Uncle," had a newspaper column where people could write in with requests.
"America's Rich Uncle" had a newspaper column where people could write in asking for financial help.
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