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Fix the System, Not the Symptoms

A system is a set of things interconnected in such a way that theyproduce their own pattern of behavior over time.

—Donella Meadows

In the previous chapter, I linked the decline of our middle class to a convergence of historic trends. What I didn’t do was ask whether those trends were mere accidents or the result of something deeper. In this chapter, I argue that it’s the structure of our economic system that, day after day, shifts wealth from the middle to the top. This means that if we want wealth to spread ...

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