Larry Bartels argues that the United States is trending towards a “New Gilded Age” (2018). This New Gilded Age is predicated on the idea that U.S. democracy is unequal, both politically and economically. Accordingly, one of Bartels’s suggestions is changes in Congressional representation and changes in tax policy. Likewise, Larry Sabato argues that a Constitutional convention is necessary to reform our political system. One such reform is to expand representation in Congress.
For this week, please answer one of the following:
Option 1: Does democracy require equality of income or wealth? Discuss why democracy might make a country more or less egalitarian?
Option 2: Political scientist Larry Sabato has proposed a new constitutional convention (Links to an external site.) (Links to an external site.). Select any one of his proposed ideas and write a short list of pros and cons for this idea and support your reasoning.