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The myth that made us : how false beliefs about racism and meritocracy broke our economy (and how to fix it)  Cover Image Book Book

The myth that made us : how false beliefs about racism and meritocracy broke our economy (and how to fix it) / Jeff Fuhrer.

Fuhrer, Jeffrey C., (author.).


"How resistance to fix economic inequality is tied to the persistent myth of meritocracy, and how to change the narrative"-- Provided by publisher.

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  • ISBN: 9780262048392
  • ISBN: 0262048396
  • Physical Description: xiii, 363 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
  • Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts : The MIT Press, [2023]

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Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Preface: A mainstream economist discovers his blind spots -- Introduction: Like dives before Lazarus -- Part I: The myth. Our national economic mythology -- Public belief in the myth : a survey of polling results -- An origin story for the myth : roots in the founding of the republic -- Part II: The facts. How broken are we? : low (and unequal) incomes -- How broken are we? : the distribution of wealth -- Broken work : the prevalence and characteristics of "low-quality" jobs -- The rest of the story : more signs of brokenness -- Part III: The myth versus the facts. Evidence against the the myth -- This is not the only way : international comparisons -- Part IV: Broken by design : how we have chosen to create and sustain our broken system -- The history of systems that have been shaped by the myth -- Part V: The wreckage. The loss looking forward -- The loss looking backward -- Part VI: What are you prepared to do? : the way forward. Change the narrative -- How to get there : a program to build human and financial capital -- The other half of the battle : implementation matters -- Conclusion: A vision of opportunity.
Subject: Income distribution > United States.
Equality > United States.
American Dream.
Merit (Ethics)

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