The Power of Unusual Allies in Winning the Argument on Inequality

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By Ben Phillips (Center on International Cooperation) and Kelsea-Marie Pym (Patriotic Millionaires)

Members of the Patriotic Millionaires arrive in Albany to lobby against tax loopholes for the rich. (Citizen Action of NY)

Tackling inequality is not only about getting the policies right, but about getting the politics right so we can put those policies into action. Often the biggest challenge is not that we do not know what to do, but rather that we face powerful lobbies, and powerful myths, that make it hard to pursue effective solutions. The road to tackling inequality is obstructed by two related obstacles: first, concerted pushback from members of the economic elite, and second, the pervasive myth that the economic elite know best what is best for the economy.

The Pathfinders’ Grand Challenge on Inequality and Exclusion is exploring practical and politically viable solutions to this and related challenges. One striking example we’ve identified of how to push back against these roadblocks involves the help of unusual allies — as shown by the case of the Patriotic Millionaires in the United States.

To read the full story, visit: https://cic.nyu.edu/publications/power-unusual-allies-winning-argument-tackling-inequality-0

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