We've all heard that the American Dream is vanishing, and that the cause is rising income inequality. The rich are getting richer by rigging the system in their favor, leaving the rest of us to struggle just to keep our heads above water. To save the American Dream, we're told that we need to fight inequality through tax hikes, wealth redistribution schemes, and a far higher minimum wage.
But what if that narrative is wrong? What if the real threat to the American Dream isn't rising income inequality - but an all-out war on success?
In this timely and thought-provoking work, Don Watkins and Yaron Brook reveal that almost everything we've been taught about inequality is wrong. You'll discover:
The critics of inequality are right about one thing: The American Dream is under attack. But instead of fighting to make America a place where anyone can achieve success, they are fighting to tear down those who already have. The real key to making America a freer, fairer, more prosperous nation is to protect and celebrate the pursuit of success - not pull down the high fliers in the name of equality.
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"A Passionate and Scholarly work"
I would say they are equal. Jeff Cummings does a fantastic job in his narration.
The comparisons to American ideals and founding principles.
This book turned out to be so much more than just the issue of "income inequality'. 'Equal is Unfair' goes after all of the major tenets of modern Leftism. Don Wakins and Dr. Yaron Brook raze modern leftism to the ground, leave no stone unturned, and salt the earth afterwards. The book takes down:
The inequality myth.
The Scandinavian socialism myth.
The myth that the successful are 'exploiters'
The economic pie myth.
Leftwing economist Piketty's statistical manipulations.
The "You didn't build that" rhetoric from those like Warren and Obama.
The left's Success=Luck argument.
FDR and LBJ's Great Society programs.
"Social Justice" advocates.
The inculcation of victimhood by the left in poor ghettos.
And much much more....
Watkins and Dr. Brook attack every leftwing issue on multiple fronts. They prove their case empirically by taking down the statistical manipulations of the left. They prove their case by showing the logical progression of what these ideas entail. They prove their case morally, by showing what these ideas mean to individual human beings and life on this earth, and finally they prove their case by offering a solid alternative.
"Great book in a time when it is needed"
The book is great. Got the audible version. The message in the book needs to get out to more people. Great insight into evaluating stats that are peddled through the mainstream media.
A must read for any person honestly inquiring about inequality in America, This book makes sense of the issues, and offers the implications for the future. Covered are Egalitarianism, Individualism, and the differences between inequality of outcome and inequality of rights. If you want to be at the forefront of the debate, this book is the perfect choice.
"Political Equality > Economic Equality- Must Read!"
An extremely important discussion in the midst of the ever increasing trend in today's culture of divorcing one's self and one's thoughts from reality and rationality. Filled with data, charts, and other references that objectively refute claims of today's inequality alarmists and back up their own.
One of the greatest insights is the only way of eliminating cronyism is to "...create a government that has no favors to grant."
A striking example of the inequality critics' ideology taken to an extreme was that of the horrific Khmer Rouge of Cambodia. One quote from the dictator, Pol Pot lays out the ideology quite explicitly:
"If we can destroy all material and mental property, people will be equal. The moment you allow private property, one person will have a little more, another a little less and then they are no longer equal, and it isn’t communism. But if you have nothing – zero for him, zero for you – that is true equality."
The only true economic equality can be that of the zero, nothingness. Why is this held by some as a moral ideal? The authors point out that, while most egalitarians don't advocate for this extreme application:
"egalitarianism is evil, not because it puts us on a slippery slope to the Khmer Rouge -- it is evil because, IN ANY DOSE, it amounts to waging war on human values: achievement, virtue, independence, intelligence, wealth, opportunity, everything that makes human life and happiness possible. The fact that egalitarianism DOES put us on a slippery slope toward mass carnage only makes matters worse."
I will finish with a quote that summarizes the main debate:
"Americans today face a choice between two moral views. One view upholds JUSTICE: it says that each individual has an equal right to pursue his own happiness and success, and that whatever wealth, income, and opportunities he earns in that pursuit belong to him.
"Another view upholds 'social justice': it says that the government must restrict our freedom to make us economically equal, and that if one person produces 'too much', his hopes and dreams should be sacrificed for the sake of those who haven't produced.
"Either we're all equal in our rights or some people are to be met with burdens and others with special privileges. That is the choice."
"Must listen to"
great book on Personal Achievement Liberty. a refute of communism collectivism Marxism. you'll enjoy it.
I was surprised at how the authors presented their arguments with such clarity and persuasiveness. They make economic arguments accessible and concise. If you care at all about income inequality or poverty in America this is essential reading.
"Interesting but not completely convincing."
The arguments are impassioned and persuasive, but not entirely convincing. The crucial weak point is the lack of a strong refutation of the idea that people don't deserve the rewards of success because they aren't responsible for their genes, parents, environment, etc.
"Must read for all Americans..."
This book presents a critical message, especially in an election year dominated by two headlines: the republicans choose a walking protectionist gaffe -- the democrats nearly choose a proud, self-declared socialist.
It's refreshing to know that there are people out there who are capable of addressing the chief political question of this or any day...the role of the federal government in creating or preventing opportunity. This is the battle that the right should drop all issues and devote all resources to winning because the left has been wrong about it and grows bolder and more wrong by the day. If only schools (and the government ones would never) taught Atlas Shrugged and this book, we'd be in a lot less danger of having unscrupulous elites and the ever growing number of shameless dependents to whom they condescendingly pander take over our political system for good. My only question is why weren't these guys in that fairly depressing field of 16?
"Should be mandatory reading for all Americans!"
This is the best book on libertarian economics I've encountered in years--and I read a lot of them! The authors are masters of making clear, concise points and keeping the topic interesting--not an easy task with economics! The narrator is also exceptionally good. Highly recommended!
"The most important book of the decade."
There has never been a time when this book is more needed. directly combating "capitalism in the 21st century"- this book challenges the status quo and offers ideas that can really lead to prosperity.
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