For more than 2,000 years, we have known that successful democracies are built around the center or the middle ground of the societies they represent. Democracy requires a well-established middle class, a strong middle-class economy and a political system in which the demands of special interests or causes are weighed against the needs of the whole. We will look at three significant threats to these principles and the present course of democracy: rampant income inequality, the emergence of winner-take-all special interests and the rise of “tribal politics.”
Instructor: Terry O'Keefe (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a writer, speaker, business-person and several-time entrepreneur. He brings to his courses a lifelong interest in how business, economics and politics intersect to drive social change. In previous terms, Terry taught the popular course Justice and Morality in the Modern American Economy.