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Bill Moyers: We, the People Versus We, the Wealthy

Source: The Nation

How did the United States become the land of the unequal—and how do we find our way back?

EDITOR’S NOTE: This essay is adapted from remarks prepared for delivery this past summer at the Chautauqua Institution’s week-long focus on money and power. The author is grateful to his colleagues Karen Kimball and Gail Ablow for their research and fact checking.

Sixty-six years ago this summer, on my 16th birthday, I went to work for the daily newspaper in the small East Texas town of Marshall where I grew up. It was a good place to be a cub reporter—small enough to navigate but big enough to keep me busy and learning something every day. I soon had a stroke of luck. Some of the paper’s old hands were on vacation or out sick and I was assigned to help cover what came to be known across the country as “the housewives’ rebellion.” read more