SOURCE: The Ayn Rand Institute

The Ayn Rand Institute

March 29, 2016 09:08 ET

Equal Is Unfair: America's Misguided Fight Against Income Inequality

New Book From the Ayn Rand Institute Presents the Definitive Challenge to the Income Inequality Crusaders

WASHINGTON, DC and IRVINE, CA--(Marketwired - March 29, 2016) - Today Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton are bombarding us with the message that the American Dream is dead, that the cause is rising income inequality, and that the solution is the fundamental transformation of America into a European-style social welfare state. In the first major challenge to Bernie, Hillary and the rest of the inequality alarmists, best-selling authors Don Watkins and Yaron Brook are releasing their bold new book Equal Is Unfair: America's Misguided Fight Against Income Inequality.

"Incisive, well-written, much-needed and powerful antidote to the pernicious 'wisdom' about income inequality. The real problem is not free markets but arbitrary government power. An impressive achievement." -Steve Forbes on Equal Is Unfair

Available March 29 from St. Martin's Press, Equal Is Unfair systematically dismantles every major claim made by the inequality alarmists, while unmasking the truth that their campaign to fight inequality is really a thinly veiled crusade designed to expand the power of government. Equal Is Unfair shows that this unprecedented power grab can only be accomplished by shackling the innovators and entrepreneurs who drive human progress, and throttling the ambitious poor who inequality alarmists purport to want to help most. Not only does this ideology produce economic devastation, but as Watkins and Brook argue, it is unfair, unjust, and immoral.

In Equal Is Unfair, readers will discover:

  • Why successful CEOs make so much money -- and why they deserve it
  • How the minimum wage hurts most the very people inequality alarmists claim it will help
  • Why the claim of middle-class stagnation is a myth
  • The fatal flaw in Thomas Piketty's celebrated prediction of ever-rising inequality
  • How the little-known history of Sweden reveals the dangers of forced equality
  • The disturbing philosophy behind President Obama's "You didn't build that" comments
  • The five simple steps to restore opportunity in America

As Watkins and Brook write, "Our future will be determined by whether we recommit ourselves to the ideal of opportunity -- or whether we abandon that ideal in the name of waging war on economic inequality."

About the Authors

DON WATKINS is coauthor, with Yaron Brook, of the best-seller Free Market Revolution. A fellow at the Ayn Rand Institute and a former columnist, Watkins writes for The Guardian, USA Today, and, among many others. He is the host of the podcast The Debt Dialogues.

YARON BROOK is executive director of the Ayn Rand Institute and host of the weekly radio show The Yaron Brook Show. Brook writes for the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Investor's Business Daily and many others.

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