Chapter

No Class War

Benjamin I. Page and Lawrence R. Jacobs

in The Unsustainable American State

Published in print October 2009 | ISBN: 9780195392135
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199852543 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195392135.003.0006
No Class War

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This chapter argues that Americans are no longer apathetic about rising economic inequality. Oppositions to egalitarian government programs have decreased extensively and the majority is now supporting a wide range of measures that can reduce inequality. This chapter gives a collection of data based on a survey with the average American as the main respondent. The chapter focuses on awareness and concerns of Americans about economic inequality. It states that even though most Americans still believe in the American dream, wherein, people can still start as poor, work hard, and become rich, people's consciousness on the high inequalities in income and wealth nowadays made it plausible for them to favor government programs such as increasing the budget for education to create equal opportunities.

Keywords: Americans; egalitarian government; inequality; American dream; equal opportunities

Chapter.  11976 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: US Politics

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