Chrystia Freeland is the Canadian Member of Parliament for the riding of Toronto Centre. After starting as a Ukraine-based stringer for the Financial Times, Washington Post, and The Economist, she went on to do many jobs at FT, including deputy editor, UK news editor, Moscow bureau chief, Eastern Europe correspondent, editor of its weekend edition, editor of FT.com, and US managing editor. From 1999 to 2001, she was deputy editor of The Globe and Mail, Canadas national newspaper. In 2010, Freeland joined as editor-at-large for Thomson Reuters, where she most recently worked as managing director and editor of consumer news. She is the author of Plutocrats: The Rise of the New Global Super-Rich and the Fall of Everyone Else (2012), a New York Times bestseller which won the National Business Book Award and the Lionel Gelber Prize in 2013. She is a co-chair of the Liberal Partys Economic Advisory Council and the Partys critic for International Trade.
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The theory that rising inequality is not a symptom of a fast-growing economy or an incentive that will help create one, but will crush economic growth instead, is winning adherents.
If you doubt that we live in a winner-take-all economy and that education is the trump card, consider the vast amounts the affluent spend to teach their offspring.
The chief preoccupation of middle-class Americans is not the dream of getting ahead, it is the fear of falling behind.
Rising inequality in the United States is permanent.
Supercitizens are very effectively pursuing their own self-interest. Social opportunity, and even democracy, are under threat as a result.
The 1 percent cannot evade its share of responsibility for the growing gulf in American society.
Freeland charts the rise of a new class of plutocrats (those who are extremely powerful because they are extremely wealthy), and suggests that globalization and new technology are actually fueling, rather than closing, the global income gap.
Freeland discusses her book, <em>Plutocrats</em>.
Corporate executives once saw themselves as stewards of the good society. Todays CEOs can learn much from their predecessors.