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  • ISBN: 0061689106
  • ISBN: 9780061689109
  • Physical Description: xii, 228 p. ; 22 cm.
  • Edition: 1st ed.
  • Publisher: [New York] : Harper, c2009.

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note: Prologue : the gathering storm -- Freedom from want -- Immunity from history? -- The causes of revolutions -- How unequal are we? -- Why has inequality escalated dramatically? -- The indicators are blinking red -- America in a time of vulnerability -- Epilogue : bringing balance to our society.
Summary, etc.: The severe economic downturn has been blamed on many things: deregulation, derivatives, greedy borrowers, negligent lenders. But could there be a deeper problem that is so severe, so long-lasting, and so dangerous that it makes these problems look minor? Could we be facing an existential challenge to the promise of America? Inequality has reached historical highs. Throughout human history, this level of disparity has proven intolerable, almost always leading to political upheaval. Though many believe that America will never face a second revolution, that our politics are stable, Yale School of Management senior faculty fellow Bruce Judson makes the case that revolution is a real possibility here, driven by a thirty-year, unprecedented rise of inequality. As Judson shows, revolutions can occur suddenly, as happened with the Soviet Union's 1991 dissolution, and America today exhibits the central precursors to a collapse.--From publisher description.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2009 October #2
    Judson believes "economic inequality is the single greatest predictor of revolution, and inequality in America has reached catastrophic levels." He urges the Obama administration to raise the relative prosperity of the middle class in order to avoid frustration and unrest. Unemployment is the worst since the Great Depression, and foreclosure or near-foreclosure status affects one in nine homes, 47 million Americans have no health insurance, many families with two wage earners cannot meet basic needs, and the retirement savings of many individuals have been lost. The author explains that inequality in the U.S. has developed over the past 30 years and suggests policy changes and goals, including restoring trust in government, finance, and business; instituting greater economic security for low- and middle-income households; and reining in some of the excesses that evolved from free-market abuses. All readers will not agree with Judson, but his book will excite argument and discussion, serving as an excellent springboard for considering these important, timely issues. Copyright 2009 Booklist Reviews.

Subject: Distributive justice United States
Income distribution United States
Wealth United States
Revolutions Economic aspects United States
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