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Class War?: What Americans Really Think about Economic Inequality

3.35 of 5 stars 3.35  ·  rating details  ·  23 ratings  ·  6 reviews
Recent battles in Washington over how to fix America’s fiscal failures strengthened the widespread impression that economic issues sharply divide average citizens. Indeed, many commentators split Americans into two opposing groups: uncompromising supporters of unfettered free markets and advocates for government solutions to economic problems. But such dichotomies, Benjami ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published April 30th 2009 by University Of Chicago Press (first published January 1st 2009)
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Class War is written by political scientists who, via various surveys through time, have found Americans are conservative egalitarians, conservative philosophically, but often liberal operationally. They think this is news the nation needs to hear and should alter policy, as Americans, at least in surveys, are willing to increase taxes to provide a social safety net and to bring income and wealth inequality more into balance. It is an intriguing, even hopeful, thought, but this brief book would ...more
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Page and Jacobs argue that there is, in fact, no "class war" brewing in America--that in fact a philosophically conservative American public, in a natural fidelity to fundamental American values of hard work, independence, basic fairness, and equality of opportunity, broadly favors some pragmatically "liberal" government policies. Those policies include public education, progressive taxation, food stamps, and other economic support programs that make it possible for the poor to maintain themselv ...more
This book feels a lot like a missed opportunity: it could have done so much more, and be a rebuttal to Murray's Coming Apart: The State Of White America, 1960-2010 , but sadly, it does not.
In a nutshell, the central argument the authors make is: it is not true that Americans are against taxes: they are happy to pay them if they go to deserving causes, which include education projects as well as helping out those hard working people who have lost their job through no fault of their own. This is b
A little dated, but an interesting survey on how Americans view income inequality. It's a big surprising in the lack of difference between Democrats and Republicans.
C. Scott
Dynamite subject matter... very easy for the layman to understand, this is a quick and eye-opening read.
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Benjamin I. Page is a Gordon S. Fulcher Professor of Decision Making at Northwestern University. He is also a Faculty Associate at the Institute for Policy Research. Page holds a PhD from Stanford University and a JD from Harvard Law School.

Page works on American politics and U.S. foreign policy, specializing in public opinion, democratic policy making, the media, and economic inequality. He is be
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