The Goldfarb Freedom of Expression Symposium (GFES) for 2019-2020 will tackle questions of inequality. Concerns for inclusion have gone mainstream. As Christine Lagarde, managing director of the IMF, notes, “Inclusive growth is one of the critical challenges of our time.”
Growing gaps between winners and losers are undermining the legitimacy of democratic systems and the credibility of liberal capitalism. Technological change is likely to deepen the divide, accentuating barriers to mobility.
The many Democratic Party presidential hopefuls offer sound bites that hint at distributive changes in our system; Republicans are focusing on income-generating effects of growth. Both Senator Warren and President Trump have quarrels with Google and Amazon that point to concentration in markets and equality of access. Others advocate universal basic income, progressive tax reform or baby bonds to open access to quality education. What will Colby students propose?