By Benjamin I. Page,Lawrence R. Jacobs
Recent battles in Washington over easy methods to repair America’s economic mess ups bolstered the common impact that financial matters sharply divide typical voters. certainly, many commentators cut up american citizens into opposing teams: uncompromising supporters of unfettered loose markets and advocates for presidency recommendations to fiscal difficulties. yet such dichotomies, Benjamin web page and Lawrence Jacobs contend, ring fake. In Class War? they current compelling proof that almost all american citizens desire unfastened firm and useful govt courses to distribute wealth extra equitably.
At each source of revenue point and in either significant political events, majorities embody conservative egalitarianism—a philosophy that prizes individualism and self-reliance in addition to public intervention to assist american citizens pursue those beliefs on a degree enjoying box. Drawing on 1000s of opinion experiences spanning greater than seventy years, together with a brand new finished survey, web page and Jacobs display that this worldview interprets to vast help for regulations geared toward narrowing the distance among wealthy and terrible and developing actual chance for all. They locate, for instance, that throughout monetary, geographical, and ideological strains, such a lot american citizens aid better minimal wages, stronger public schooling, wider entry to common medical health insurance assurance, and using tax money to fund those programs.
In this staggering and heartening review, web page and Jacobs supply our new management with a favored mandate to strive against the industrial inequity that plagues our nation.
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