Welcome to the first episode of the new year! It’s season 2 of the Elevated Minds Podcast and we are starting off with a subject we think everyone should have a strong grasp of - inequality. Now before you run out of the room screaming, give us a listen. Neither of us are communists or even socialists (while still being progressives?!) and believe that this topic is another that most Americans likely agree on if they talk about it long enough. We talked about it long enough and discovered many differences weren’t actually differences. This was a good conversation on the problem of inequality and both the morality and practicality of solving it.
Brannon quotes or references a few books. They are here and, if people like them, may end up on the Books page in the future. For now, here they are.
In Ill Fares The Land, Tony Judt, one of our leading historians and thinkers, reveals how we have arrived at our present dangerously confused moment. Judt masterfully crystallizes what we've all been feelinginto a way to think our way into, and thus out of, our great collective dis-ease about the current state of things.
This groundbreaking book, based on thirty years' research, demonstrates that more unequal societies are bad for almost everyone within them-the well-off and the poor. The remarkable data the book lays out and the measures it uses are like a spirit level which we can hold up to compare different societies
Joseph E. Stiglitz has time and again diagnosed America’s greatest economic challenges, from the Great Recession and its feeble recovery to the yawning gap between the rich and the poor. The Great Divide gathers his most provocative reflections to date on the subject of inequality.
Brannon also mentions the exquisite Robert Reich documentary, Inequality for All, linked here.