ON-Lion Letter

In his latest title from Encounter Books, The Way Back:  Restoring the Promise of America, F. H. Buckley highlights the growing aristocracy in American political life, arguing that income inequality and lack of economic mobility are undermining the American promise that anyone can rise to the top through hard work and ambition.

While this growing inequality has been blamed on the "one percent" by the Occupy Wall Street movement, Buckley argues that this category actually includes a disparate group of individuals.  Rather than focusing on the super-rich entrepreneurs who constitute the very wealthiest of Americans, Buckley examines the problematic influence of a group he calls the "New Class," which includes the professionals, academics, opinion leaders, and politically connected executives that make up a new American aristocracy.  According to Buckley, this New Class has shaped the contours of American politics and contributed to a country of inherited privilege and frozen economic classes.

In response, Buckley proposes a path back to American prosperity and greater opportunity for economic advancement through free markets, open competition, and the removal of government barriers.  The Way Back explains the current revolution in American politics, where political insurgents are challenging the complacent establishment of both parties in hopes of restoring the promise of economic mobility and equality through capitalist means.

Buckley is a Foundation Professor at George Mason School of Law. 

Encounter Books is an activity of Encounter for Culture and Education, a nonprofit group that is substantially supported by The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee.

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