Inequality is the underlying problem that is eroding social trust while devastating the well-being of individuals and communities across the country.After declining in the post-Second World War years, inequality since the 1980s has grown to grotesque proportions that have resulted in a tiny plutocracy with a combined wealth equal of more than 90 per cent of Americans. Putnam vividly demonstrates how growing inequality and declining public resources have eroded the well-being of children and families in a mid-sized American city.
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Commentators on the right often complain that such ideas are too costly, that they’re unaffordable.
And it’s true — these are not priorities for the right.
The Conversation UK receives funding from these organisations View the full list The vigorous agenda of social reform and expanded government services, particularly in health and higher education, promoted by Bernie Sanders in the 2016 primaries, and now by a new class of Democrats in Congress, has much in common with mainstream European social democracy.
That senior Democratic party politicians perceive it as radical suggests that a big part of the party’s problems lie in its commitment to an ideology of free markets and deregulation of capital, and a concurrent lack of concern for issues of class and inequality.
This has left the Democratic Party’s liberalism excessively focused on issues of equal access for racial and ethnic minorities, women and sexual minorities.
It’s all created an opening for Republicans and the political right to denounce the party as led by disconnected “liberal elites” promoting “affirmative action” and “political correctness” while ignoring the interests of ordinary working- and middle-class Americans.
Instead of access to health and education being rationed by cost, it must be enshrined as a fundamental right of citizenship and a critical foundation of the public interest.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez talks during a news conference with members of the Progressive Caucus in Washington on Nov. Ocasio-Cortez is considered one of the new progressive faces among Democrats.
It is better for the democratic process to raise 0 million from a million citizens than from 50 or fewer millionaires.