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The Politics of the Rich & Poor

Program #PIVF002. Recorded in Eugene, OR on February 29, 2000.

The political system is largely the captive of special interests and lobbyists who dole out bushels of money. In the old days it used to be called influence peddling. Today it is simply politics as usual. In the din of ringing cash registers the voices of ordinary people cannot be heard. Voters don't vote and democracy atrophies. Among industrialized countries the U.S. has the sharpest levels of income and wealth inequality. Are the times ripe for change?


Frances Fox Piven

Frances Fox Piven is Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Sociology at the City University of New York and an internationally renowned authority on poverty and politics. She was a founder of the welfare rights movement and is involved in the Campaign for Media Fairness on Welfare. She's the co-author with Richard Cloward of Regulating the Poor, The New Class War, Why Americans Don't Vote, The Breaking of the American Social Compact and Why Americans Still Don't Vote.

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