Event Date: Thursday, May 1, 2014, 7:00 pm
Matt Taibbi With Robin Young At Harvard Book Store
This event is now sold out. Portions of the conversation will be recorded and aired on Here & Now at a later date.
Harvard Book Store and Boston Review welcome contributing editor for Rolling Stone Matt Taibbi and Robin Young for a discussion of Taibbi’s newest book, The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap.
Over the last two decades, America has been falling deeper and deeper into a statistical mystery: Poverty goes up. Crime goes down. The prison population doubles. Fraud by the rich wipes out 40 percent of the world’s wealth. The rich get massively richer. No one goes to jail.
In search of a solution, journalist Matt Taibbi discovered the Divide, the seam in American life where our two most troubling trends—growing wealth inequality and mass incarceration—come together, driven by a dramatic shift in American citizenship: Our basic rights are now determined by our wealth or poverty. The Divide is what allows massively destructive fraud by the hyperwealthy to go unpunished, while turning poverty itself into a crime—but it’s impossible to see until you look at these two alarming trends side by side.
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