“The Price of Inequality
Author: Joseph E. Stiglitz
Summary: Explains how well-heeled interests have compounded their wealth at the expense of the rest of the country, favoring huge companies and inherited wealth and creating a hostile environment for entrepreneurs and small business.
Best Quote: ‘Remarkably, in the heyday of unbridled capitalism, the early years of the century, a period in which inequality at the top increased at historic rates, there was no private sector job creation. And if we exclude construction–based on a real estate bubble–the record looks even worse. Not only doesn’t the money given to the top not necessarily go into ‘job creation’ and innovation; some of it goes into distorting our politics, especially in this new era of unbridled campaign contributions ushered in by Citizens United. What we have seen quite clearly is that a common use of wealth is to gain advantage in rent seeking, perpetuating inequalities through the political process.'”
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