In a live recording of Project Syndicate’s Opinion Has It podcast, Nobel laureate Joseph Stiglitz, NYT best-selling author Anand Giridharadas, and host and Foreign Policy Interrupted co-founder Elmira Bayrasli take a deep look at widening inequality in the United States, and ask which policy proposals advanced by the 2020 Democratic candidates best address it.
Are you better off than your parents were? Most Americans would say no, and they would be right. This year, the US Census Bureau reported that the gap between America’s rich and everyone else is at its widest in more than 50 years. How did we get here? Economist and Project Syndicate columnist Joseph Stiglitz says it wasn't simply market forces. Inequality is a direct result of rules and regulations that favor the rich – including by incentivizing reputation-enhancing philanthropy. "It's an elite charade," argues Anand Giridharadas, author of Winners Take All. Join us for a discussion with Stiglitz and Giridharadas on February 25 at the Central Library at Grand Army Plaza, just before the Democratic candidates for president head into Super Tuesday.
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