Inequality poses a dire threat to the American way of life. That may not be a sentiment many conservatives share, but they should. Inequality threatens the nation’s social fabric and the promise of the American dream: that each generation will live a more prosperous life than the one before it. But addressing inequality has long been the Left’s turf. It sets the terms of debate, replacing basic equality with intersectional “equity.” And it fixes the window of possible solutions, offering schemes to take from the global economy’s winners and compensate its losers.
It’s time for conservatives to respond by taking seriously the real problem of economic inequality and offering ideas that address its causes, not its outcomes — securing greater economic opportunities up and down the income ladder.