The crisis of the middle-class constitution : why economic inequality threatens our republic
Sitaraman, Ganesh, author.
The crisis of the middle-class constitution : why economic inequality threatens our republic / Ganesh Sitaraman.
First Vintage Books edition.
New York : Vintage Books, 2018.
vi, 423 pages : illustration ; 21 cm
Includes bibliographical references and index.
"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?"--Page  of cover.
- Subject headings
Constitutional law--Economic aspects--United States.
Income distribution--United States.
Middle class--United States.
Power (Social sciences)
United States--Social conditions.