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How the Supreme Court Made Income Inequality a Whole Lot Worse
The Conversation
  • Michele E. Gilman, University of Baltimore School of Law
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Economic inequality is now firmly on the public agenda as candidates and voters alike look for someone to blame for stagnant wages, entrenched poverty and a widening gap between rich and poor.

Bernie Sanders blames Wall Street. Donald Trump points his finger at companies moving overseas. Hillary Clinton identifies middle-class families who are working harder but staying in place as the root cause.

While all these factors and others helped increase inequality, they overlook the role of a key American institution that has also helped widen the gap between rich and poor: the Supreme Court.

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Michele Gilman, How the Supreme Court Made Economic Equality a Whole Lot Worse, The Conversation (Mar. 30, 2016),