There is no doubt that current disparities in wealth and income are wreaking havoc on our Democracy. Take a look around. Middle-class wages have stagnated for years. People are angry. Our country is divided. We are turning on each other.
As Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis explained:
“We must make our choice. We may have democracy, or we may have wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can’t have both.”
If you find this depressing, Americans can take solace studying the period of our history following the Great Depression. It took a catastrophe, but the government once again became responsive to the people. President Roosevelt began trust-busting. Congress enacted laws protecting union membership.
And as unions were strengthened, income inequality fell. America was the better for it.
So this Labor Day, show your support for American workers and unions, and commit to helping get money out of politics so there can be a fair playing field for all. It doesn’t have to take a catastrophe.