6A: Law, Economics and Fundamental Values
THE US: AT THE FRONTIER OF INEQUALITY AND CORRUPTION
Economic inequality in the US continues to percolate higher. At the same time the US sees unprecedented corruption. The President refuses to disclose his finances or to neutralize his ability to influence his wealth through policy. Foreign powers seemingly influence politics with impunity. Meanwhile, the carbon-based energy industry hijacked a major political party for the purpose of assuring the continued profitability of peddling underpriced carbon for the benefit of a very few oil and coal executives, at great cost to humanity. This paper will gather the best evidence of the pernicious effects of inequality on the rule of law and attempt to articulate the mechanisms for the disruption of corrupt inequality throughout history.
Professor Steven A. Ramirez
Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development
Director, Business Law Center
Loyola University Chicago School of Law