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Why the shrinking middle class is a threat to the US republic




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The rise of income inequality is not just a societal problem – it’s a threat to the American constitution and the government of the U.S.

That’s the premise of Ganesh Sitaraman’s “The Crisis of the Middle-Class Constitution: Why Economic Inequality Threatens Our Republic,” a work that encompasses history, philosophy, law and politics, to explore the implications of our shrinking middle class.

Host Larry Mantle talks to Sitaraman about the unprecedented ways in which America’s constitution is rooted in equality, why the middle class is the foundation of our republic and the difficult choices ahead for the U.S.

Guest:

Ganesh Sitaraman, associate professor of law at Vanderbilt Law School, senior fellow at the Center for American Progress and author of “The Crisis of the Middle-Class Constitution: Why Economic Inequality Threatens Our Republic