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This edition: Winner-Take-All Politics with Jacob Hacker and Paul Pierson, authors, "Winner-Take-All Politics: How Washington Made the Rich Richer -- And Turned Its Back on the Middle Class."

Episode Details

Original tape date: January 11, 2012.

First aired: January 23, 2012.

This edition: If you think America’s vast economic inequality – the gap between the richest Americans and everyone else – happened by accident, think again. On the premiere episode of Moyers & Company (check local listings), Jacob Hacker and Paul Pierson -- "the Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson of political science" -- delve into Winner-Take-All Politics, their book on "How Washington Made the Rich Richer -- And Turned Its Back on the Middle Class."

Says Moyers: “Their account is the best account I've seen of how politicians rewrote the rules to create a winner-take-all economy that favors the 1% over everyone else, putting our once and future middle class in peril.”

The show includes testimony of middle class Americans at a Senate hearing about the impact of hard times on families, as well as an essay on how Occupy Wall Street reflects a widespread belief that politics no longer works for ordinary people.

Guest List

Jacob Hacker Political scientist

Bill Moyers Broadcast Journalist

Paul Pierson Political scientist

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