Is America becoming more unequal?
Karl Marx once wrote, “A house may be large or small; as long as the neighboring houses are likewise small, it satisfies all social requirement for a residence. But let there arise next to the little house a palace, and the little house shrinks to a hut.” Is this phenomenon not happening to America? Is America becoming more unequal? The answer is undeniably, yes, America is becoming more unequal. But is this a good thing or bad things is a question on many American citizen’s minds today. There are two strong arguments on either end of the spectrum of the answer to this question.
Most people who believe that America becoming more unequal is not a good prospect and causes the inequality of health outcome due to insufficient wages, a high ratio of high political office wages to lower working class wages and immature emphases of wealth to people less fortunate. According to James K. Galbraith of the Free Press,
“The gap [American citizens] has grown, and now it is wider than at any other time since the Great Depression. It is so wide that it has come, once again, to threaten the social solidarity and stability of the country. It has come, I believe, to undermine our sense of ourselves as a nation of equals. In this way, rising inequality presents a stark challenge to American national life.” (Chapter One, Created Unequal: The Crisis in American Pay).
Another issue with the growing inequality is the “troubling implications for democracy in the United States,” (The Struggle for Democracy, 96) that it creates. “It is undeniably the case that such inequalities all too often spill over into inequalities in politics,” (The Struggle for Democracy, 96). These sources support the idea that America being unequal is not a good complex.
Some people differ from the majority and think that America’s growing economic inequality benefits the country as a whole. Elizabeth Gudrais of Harvard Magazine suggests that inequality, “serves...