Equality of opportunity has been a founding principle of the American Republic. However, in an eye-opening, self-deprecating cover story for The Atlantic magazine, Matthew Stewart uses statistics and personal anecdotes to describe how privilege in the United States is becoming increasingly inheritable. If you consider yourself part of a meritocratic middle class, getAbstract believes Stewart might change your mind.
In this summary, you will learn
- Which societal segment makes up the “new aristocracy” in the United States,
- Why social mobility has been diminishing in the nation, and
- What the potential consequences of increasing economic inequality and social immobility look like.
About the Author
Matthew Stewart is a political philosopher and author of Nature’s God and The Management Myth.