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Edsall looks at why democracy doesn't correct inequality

02/15/18 | by david2 [mail] | Categories: Bread

Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/15/opinion/democracy-inequality-thomas-piketty.html

Brahmin left vs Merchant Right

http://piketty.pse.ens.fr/files/Piketty2018PoliticalConflict.pdf

Piketty asks why we see more right-based populism over left-based populism (racism vs trade)

there was an American party system in which one party, the Republicans, was primarily responsive to white collar constituencies, and in which the other, the Democrats, was primarily responsive to blue collar constituencies.

After reform, Shafer contends,

there were two parties each responsive to quite different white collar constituencies, while the old blue collar majority within the Democratic Party was forced to try to squeeze back into the party once identified predominately with its needs.

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