What are the driving forces behind American inequality? This panel draws on the web resource Growing Apart and explores the political history of American inequality. Colin Gordon (University of Iowa) will provide an overview; John Schmitt (Center for Economic and Policy Research) and Lisa Levenstein (UNC-Greensboro) will offer response and comments.
Recent histories of the 1970s emphasize “fracture”: the collapse of the industrial economy and liberal social welfare programs, and the rise of neoliberalism. These works depict social movements as similarly fractious, divided by internal and external forces and declining in their influence. While acknowledging the myriad factors that militated against working-class organizing in these years, […]