Chuck Morse Speaks
Affluence and Influence
After a brief debate over whether parents should have the right to opt their public school children out of activities in public schools, Chuck and Patrick interview Dr. Martin Gilens, professor of politics at Princeton University and author of Affluence and Influence. Synopsis of book: Can a country be a democracy if its government only responds to the preferences of the rich? In an ideal democracy, all citizens should have equal influence on government policy--but as this book demonstrates, America's policymakers respond almost exclusively to the preferences of the economically advantaged. Affluence and Influence definitively explores how political inequality in the United States has evolved over the last several decades and how this growing disparity has been shaped by interest groups, parties, and elections.