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Published on: April 28, 2014
Episode 12: American Oligarchy and Inequality

Happy Monday, listeners!

This week, host Richard Aldous speaks with Princeton University Professor Martin Gilens, lead author of a recent study that found that average citizens have virtually no influence in American politics, and that American policy only reflects the interests of the middle-class when those interests are shared by the economic elite.

Richard then discusses the current state of the inequality debate with Walter Russell Mead, looking at its historical roots to understand how America’s political parties have shaped narratives around the contentious issue.

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