Income Inequality: Philosophy, Politics, and Economics
with Eliot Spitzer
Offered in partnership with the National Archives at NYC
Monday, December 2, 2019
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
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No contemporary issue is more pressing than income inequality. It has become central to our political discourse. In the first half of this master class, we will explore its philosophical underpinnings with the help of writings by John Stuart Mill, John Rawls, and Robert Nozick. We will then turn to works by John Kenneth Galbraith, Burton Malkiel, Greg Mankiw, and others to explore the related questions of whether markets work and how they might be tempered or controlled.

Eliot Spitzer was born and raised in New York. He attended the Horace Mann School, Princeton, and Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review. Early in his career, while with the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, he successfully prosecuted senior members of the Gambino organized crime family. He later was elected to two terms as attorney general of New York. His prosecutions against financial fraud and on behalf of environmental protection and civil rights set a new standard for law enforcement. Time magazine named him “Crusader of the Year” (2002); “60 Minutes” called him the “Sheriff of Wall Street” (2003); and the Financial Times named him “Man of the Year” (2004). He was elected governor of New York in 2006. His administration restructured the financial systems of New York’s education and healthcare sectors. Since then, he has been an anchor on CNN’s “In the Arena,” hosted Current TV’s “Viewpoint with Eliot Spitzer,” taught at CCNY, and written for Slate. He currently runs Spitzer Enterprises, the real estate development firm founded by his father.