As America’s economic disparity has grown, political power has become increasingly concentrated in the hands of wealthier Americans. When the U.S. Constitution was framed, Sitaraman shows, it grew from a society of economic equality with a solid middle class, and so made few provisions to prevent the richest from taking control. Sitaraman, a long-time advisor to Senator Elizabeth Warren, an associate professor of law at Vanderbilt Law School, and author of The Counterinsurgent’s Constitution, argues that citizens today need to decide whether to change the Constitution to reflect the loss of a viable middle class or, as we’ve done before, find ways to restore a more equable society.
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