Do You Think the Poor Are Lazy?
We can either have democracy in this country or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can’t have both.
—LOUIS BRANDEIS, QUOTED IN MR. JUSTICE BRANDEIS: GREAT AMERICAN
We’ve seen how our imprecision about the nature of the economy combined with our lack of a clear origin story for the recession spells communication disaster. But there’s one other big element to our messaging muddle: conveying the what and the why of income and wealth inequality. As we’ll see in this chapter, our mixed and inaccurate messages about what inequality is and where it comes from make it hard for listeners to believe this is a problem of our deliberate creation. This, in turn, inhibits any case ...