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For most of Western history, Sitaraman argues, constitutional thinkers assumed economic inequality was inevitable and inescapable - and they designed governments to prevent class divisions from spilling over into class warfare. The American Constitution is different. Compared to Europe and the ancient world, America was a society of almost unprecedented economic equality, and the founding generation saw this equality as essential for the preservation of America's republic. Over the next two centuries, generations of Americans fought to sustain the economic preconditions for our constitutional system. But today, with economic and political inequality on the rise, Sitaraman says Americans face a choice: Will we accept rising economic inequality and risk oligarchy, or will we rebuild the middle class and reclaim our republic?
The Crisis of the Middle-Class Constitution is a tour de force of history, philosophy, law, and politics. It makes a compelling case that inequality is more than just a moral or economic problem; it threatens the very core of our constitutional system.
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By JLyman on 08-27-17
Very well done
For an Adam Smith, free-market conservative, this book challenged some deeply held views. It helped to reinforce some ideas and reshape others. Rarely do you find a book that is so well researched and comprehensive. I sensed a bit of a political agenda, but the research outweighed the politics.
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By James on 05-24-17
Accessible and important. Everyone should read it.
Clearly and cogently lays out the evidence for and history behind our failing democracy. It shows how prophetic the thinkers of the past were, how avoidable the current crisis was, and how insidious the problem has become. It's so obvious when it's all laid out for you, and it's a real wake-up call for anyone unfamiliar with the issue--clearly the most important issue America faces today.
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