Roosevelt Institute, Mike Konczal, Dylan Merrin discussed on Lovett or Leave It


We're going to do it because we love to laugh so let's start the show i want to introduce an expert on the topic he's a fellow at the roosevelt institute where he studies inequality and the economy and he's also a contributor at box nation and dissent magazine please welcome mike konczal mike how are you i'm good being here yeah just a normal podcast with a giant large audience they heard you were coming and we pulled out all the stops they said you mean to tell me there's a conversation on economic inequality going on downtown sign mita fuck up he is a digital creator and host of conversations with people who hate me please welcome dylan merrin thanks for being here doing how are you good how are you doing this is exciting this is a fancy theater yup yeah it's it's gilded right that's what you would call that a vote gilded age it's it evokes gilded age took the words right out of my mouth yes and she's a comedian actress and author of the new book while that escalated quickly please welcome back to the show franchesca ramsey how you doing printouts go bans wore my formal jumpsuit for asia nice nice all right let's get into it what are you on in chasm between rich and poor all right some stats to kick us off by virtually every major statistical measure income inequality has grown for thirty years the top ten percent of americans average more than nine times as much income as the bottom ninety percent the average income of the top one percent of americans is more than forty times the average income of the bottom ninety percent there has been these two debates on the left one is political in part that's about whether these forces contributed to our defeat in two thousand sixteen at our failure to grapple with the changing economy and the uncertainty and anxiety that that comes with impart explains trump on the other hand economic anxiety as a cover for racism misogyny as an excuse has become almost a cliche at the same time there's a more substantive debate over the causes and remedies economic inequality and what policies democrats should pursue to be equal to the challenge on the republican side to me it seems like there's a similar dynamic to.

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