Rolling Back Inequality

Source: American Prospect, Vol. 26 no. 2, Spring 2015

Inequality in America is an economic disgrace and a political mystery. As the income and wealth of ordinary Americans fall further behind that of the rich, the political system has failed to respond to the interests of the vast majority. The articles that follow address not only the sources and consequences of rising inequality, but also what can and should be done to roll it back. As always, the Prospect is committed to the proposition that before we can remedy ills, we need to better understand them.

Articles include:
The Political Roots of Widening Inequality
Robert Reich
The key to understanding the rise in inequality isn’t technology or globalization. It’s the power of the moneyed interests to shape the underlying rules of the market.

The Wealth Problem
Robert Kuttner
Aspiring to own a home and pursue an education are quintessentially American ideals. It’s time to make those dreams accessible again.

How Gilded Ages End
Paul Starr
Protecting democracy from oligarchic dominance is, once again, a central imperative of American politics.

Senior Class: America’s Unequal Retirement
Teresa Ghilarducci
One of the cruelest manifestations of widening inequality happens in life’s final quarter.

Raising Wages From the Bottom Up
Harold Meyerson
Three ways city and state governments can make the difference.