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The Main Street Moment: Fighting Back to Save the American Dream by Lee Saunders, Gerald McEntee

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CHAPTER TWELVE

From Madison to Manhattan

THE FIGHT FOR WORKERS’ RIGHTS in Ohio and Wisconsin did more than bring labor issues to the forefront of public debate; it also shined a bright light on the growing chasm of income inequality in America that for decades has been largely ignored.

By 2011, that story was impossible to disregard, no matter how hard Fox News tried. There was a widening chasm splitting unevenly between the have-almost-everythings and the have-what-little-was-lefts.

By 2011, Americans knew there was a class war and the rich were winning.

They started paying more attention to news items that talked about how the six heirs to the Wal-Mart fortune held as much wealth as the entire bottom 30 percent of Americans. Or that the middle ...

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