The Economic Divide

The recovery needs to be revolutionary, because our most recent financial meltdown laid bare a fundamental change in the US economy.  Since sometime in the 1970s…the US has been increasingly divided into two groups: those whose economic fortunes grow and those whose wages stay stagnant.  This divide has many potential causes, including the rise in global trade, technological advances, the decline in unions, and slowing growth in education.  But the full impact of these shifts was long masked, first by the stock market bubble and then by a massive credit and housing bubble, which flooded the economy with money we hadn’t really earned.  For nearly 20 years we felt richer than we were.

   ~ Wired Magazine, The Economic Rebound: It Isn’t What You Think, Adam Davidson

 

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