Equal Is Unfair: America's Misguided Fight Against Income Inequality Read Online Free - 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 Equal is Unfair, a 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:
• why successful CEOs make so much money—and deserve to
• how the minimum wage hurts the very people it claims to help
• why middle-class stagnation is a myth
• how the little-known history of Sweden reveals the dangers of forced equality
• the disturbing philosophy behind Obama’s economic agenda.
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.
|Title||:||Equal Is Unfair: America's Misguided Fight Against Income Inequality|
|Number of Pages||:||258 pages|
May 09, 2016
As I read Equal Is Unfair, I tried to approach it from two angles: first, as the Ayn Rand fan that I am, and second, as someone unsure about the inequality debate but leaning toward "equality," looking for information to challenge their gut instinct.
As a Rand fan, there's nothing new here. In the...
November 08, 2016
As an Objectivist who has been participating in the inequality debate in one form or another since Occupy Wall Street occurred, I must say that an entrance into the debate by Yaron Brook and Don Watkins is most welcome. That said, I've given the book three stars out of five because it only began...
April 16, 2016
One sign of the deterioration of a culture is the corruption of language. One outstanding example of that corruption can be seen clearly in the destruction of the concept of “equality” in our political discourse. Historically political equality meant that we are all equal before the law. Today,...
February 01, 2017
Lots of great concepts in this book, like the idea that people aren't completely helpless, shouldn't be treated that way, and that most people can be trusted with their own wealth. We live in a society that promotes jealousy rather than celebrates and encourages success. We have stacked the deck...
September 07, 2017
This is one of the backlash books post-Picketty. The basic premise is this: the American Dream is about rewarding ability, praising effort, can-do spirit and risk taking. The authors posited that Inequality Alarmists (pro-equality scholars) are just proto-communists. They explained that we are al...
February 05, 2017
I'm giving this book a 4.5/5 rating. I think everyone out there who thinks wealthy people are the problem should read it, though they won't.
Short summary: this book talks a bout the dangers of continuing on our current path. Look past the agenda of equalization and see the actual effects that ha...
April 01, 2016
Should we care about income inequality? Is inequality a threat to the American dream? The authors (both from the Ayn Rand Institute) argue that no, we shouldn't care and no, the American dream is based on political equality for all, the freedom of every individual to pursue his values and to succ...
July 24, 2016
Sure, this book is preaching to the choir when it comes to me, but I think the authors did a fine job of laying out the pro-capitalist, pro-individualist arguments that should be self-evident but apparently aren't in our society. It's not going to convert the Bernie supporters of the world who be...
October 10, 2016
It's refreshing to know that logic and reasoning is not completely lost in today's intellectuals. I enjoyed this book start to finish. It basically serves as an expose` on the misguided attempts of the egalitarians to chop us all down to an equally pathetic playing field. The authors of this book...
February 06, 2017
This book was nothing more than a defense of individualism at the expense of the greater good. The government was the bad guy for trying to hold us all back from success by making rules to help benefit the underprivileged in an effort to make things more equal. According to the author, we are all...