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Wealth Redistribution — What It Looks Like

Posted in Government and Politics by TeeJaw on Tuesday, May 3, 2011, 10: 00 AM

Obama on redistribution of wealth in a 2001 interview on a Chicago radio station:

…the Supreme Court never ventured into the issues of redistribution of wealth, and of more basic issues such as political and economic justice in society.

To that extent, as radical as I think people try to characterize the Warren Court, it wasn’t that radical. It didn’t break free from the essential constraints that were placed by the founding fathers in the Constitution, at least as its been interpreted and Warren Court interpreted in the same way, that generally the Constitution is a charter of negative liberties. Says what the states can’t do to you. Says what the Federal government can’t do to you, but doesn’t say what the Federal government or State government must do on your behalf, and that hasn’t shifted and one of the, I think, tragedies of the civil rights movement was, um, because the civil rights movement became so court focused I think there was a tendency to lose track of the political and community organizing and activities on the ground that are able to put together the actual coalition of powers through which you bring about redistributive change

Here is the audio in which you can listen for yourself and hear Obama talk about the need for redistribution of wealth:


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  1. One Hand Clapping said, on Tuesday, May 3, 2011, 12: 12 PM at 12:12 PM

    Anytime I hear the phrase “redistribution of wealth,” I substitute “redistribution of paychecks,” or “redistribution of earned income.” Wealth is a fuzzy concept, whereas a paycheck is something you can hold in your hand.

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