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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Published on: April 28, 2014
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  • Anthony

    Gilens and Page study updated version (and inquiry) of Democracy for the Few perhaps. Though inquiry has had many incarnations topic always intrigues if not surprises.

  • Blaton Hardey

    I’d love to see/ hear Garfinkle or Mead discuss M. Lofgren’s “The Anatomy Of The Deep State”… http://billmoyers.com/2014/02/21/anatomy-of-the-deep-state/

  • Jim__L

    So according to Gilens and Page, robber-barons get their way about half the time, the philosopher-kings get their way three quarters of the time, and the majority only gets its way when we happen to agree with the philosopher-kings.

    That’s broken.

    It would be best to start over. Until then, dismantling as much as possible would make the most sense.

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