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End of American Democracy?,
This review is from: Billionaires' Ball: Gluttony and Hubris in an Age of Epic Inequality (Hardcover)
McQuaig and Brooks explain in detail just how unequal the distribution of both income and wealth have become in America in the last three decades, why this came about, and why it is so damaging to the country. All this they explain in a way that is clear, cogent, and understandable by any intelligent reader. Specialists say there is nothing new here, and perhaps they are right. But to have all of this delineated so well in one short book of slightly more than 200 pages is a great benefit.
The authors maintain that the excessive accumulation of riches, so threatening to both equality of opportunity and to democracy itself, can be remedied only by a much more progressive taxation system such as existed in the U. S. in the decades immediately following the second world war. Billionaires have either inherited much of their wealth or built it with the contributions of the community. The tax system and the provision of social services should reflect that reality. This book makes very convincing arguments as to why that is the case.
Many of the richest Americans collectively spend billions to convince us and our elected representatives that they deserve every penny. McQuaig and Brooks make a convincing case against such nonesense