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With Liberty and Dividends for All by Peter Barnes

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PREFACE

I wrote this book because I’m appalled by the decline of America’s middle class and outraged when our leaders mislead us about what we can and can’t do to stop it.

That said, I’m not by nature an angry person, and this isn’t an angry book. I’m a practical person who has started and led businesses for most of my working life. I want to fix capitalism rather than scuttle it. I therefore take a seasoned and, I hope, reasoned look at how our economy presently distributes income and how it might do so better in the future, without in any way diminishing liberty.

We must face the fact that jobs alone won’t sustain a large middle class in the future—there just aren’t, and won’t be, enough good-paying jobs to do that. This means we need broadly ...

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