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CHAPTER 1 There Is No “Free” Market

Look at history and you will find that the middle class was the creation of liberal democracies. George Washington and Thomas Jefferson did not fight a bloody war to create a country only for wealthy property holders. (See chapter 4 to fully understand how wrong is the corrosive myth of the “rich Founders.”) Our Founders believed that every Bob Cratchit willing to work for his living should be able to earn enough to own his house and support himself and his family. That’s what it means to be middle class—and part of why Jefferson put “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” into the Declaration of Independence.

The Founders also knew that the middle class doesn’t just materialize out of thin air. That’s ...

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