Chrystia Freeland

(Christina Alexandra "Chrystia" Freeland)

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America’s super-elite has been particularly effective at using the tools of a political democracy to protect its minority privilege. Lobbying & Special Interests
Canada did not have a financial crises just because the Canadian Government said “No” to their bankers. Regulation & Deregulation
Central bankers swooped to the rescue only once it became clear that the leaders we had elected were unwilling or unable to do the job. Technocracy trumped democracy—and probably saved it. But how many central political functions can democracies farm out to unelected superheroes while still remaining democratic? Democracies & Republics
Elites that have prospered from inclusive systems can be tempted to pull up the ladder they climbed to the top. Eventually, their societies become extractive and their economies languish…. it is the danger America faces today, as the 1 percent pulls away from everyone else and pursues an economic, political and social agenda that will increase that gap even further — ultimately destroying the open system that made America rich and allowed its 1 percent to thrive in the first place. Economics, The Economy & Fiscal Affairs
It is no accident that in America today the gap between the very rich and everyone else is wider than at any time since the Gilded Age. Now, as then, the titans are seeking an even greater political voice to match their economic power. Now, as then, the inevitable danger is that they will confuse their own self-interest with the common good. Power
Like Venice’s oligarchs, America’s super-rich are destroying the social mobility that creates wealth. Equality & Equal Opportunity
People are getting richer all over the world and they are going to want to live the way Americans live. And that is going to place a big strain on our environment and will be a great challenge. Environment & Environmentalism
Today, half of the national income goes to the richest 10 percent. In 2007, the top 1 percent controlled 34.6 percent of the wealth—significantly more than the bottom 90 percent who control just 26.9 percent. Economics, The Economy & Fiscal Affairs
Today’s super-rich are increasingly a nation unto themselves Miscellaneous
Why is this polarization in America? Why is there these very different views about the world? Part of it is that there are very different worlds that people are inhabiting. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising