The Crisis of the Middle-Class Constitution: Why Economic Inequality Threatens Our Republic
The author is a professor of law at Vanderbilt University. He was also an advisor to Senator Elizabeth Warren. This is his second book and the first to focus on constitutional law. It is a timely book for those who seek to understand why trickle-down economics weakens the middle class and why a middle class is essential to democracy.
The United States has seen an unprecedented transfer of wealth to a small group of extremely rich individuals. When a society becomes so unbalanced, democracy is sold to the highest bidder and the middle class is squeezed out. Historically, when this happens, the author says that it then becomes a time of revolt.
The United States constitution is predicated on the stability of the middle class. Without such a stable group, society becomes unequal and democracy is threatened.
While this is a scholarly work, it is so well written that it is easily understandable. It is essential reading for anyone concerned about the health of our country and the viability of the Constitution. In other words, all Americans.
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