The 2009 Great Recession was the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression. The world economies have taken years to recover with some economists arguing the recovery is ongoing. Regardless, the Great Recession’s decade long recovery has been the largest economic expansion in United States history. However, unlike in the post-Great Depression economy, where the United States witnessed widespread prosperity and the full emergence of the middle class, the post-Great Recession economy has seen the majority of wealth created go to the top 1%. The issue of wealth inequality is fully apparent today, but it’s as old as civilization itself. Aristotle believed wealth inequality spelled disaster for any democratic society. In his view, the disappearance of the middle class led to one of two ends: either (1) the poor, now a majority, would take money from the rich, or (2) the rich, fearful of tyranny of the majority, would seek to disband the democracy. Was Aristotle on to something? Join the American Constitution Society for a discussion on wealth inequality in America and the steps needed to rectify the disparity. What is the source of wealth inequality? Is it inherent to any economy? At what point will the disparity demand action? Is the issue an existential threat to our democracy as Aristotle hypothesized? We plan to dive into these questions and more during our second discussion in our Where’s the Nuance? series.
February 11, 2020
Preparing for Civil Law Courses and Exams – Professor Lonegrass
The LSU Law Center will host its annual Student/Donor Scholarship Reception on Tuesday, February 11, 2020 at The Club at Union Square (formerly the Faculty Club) on Highland Road and Raphael Semmes Road from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. The reception allows student scholarship holders and donors and/or representatives to meet in person. Students should take this wonderful opportunity to thank their donor(s) or representative(s) for their generosity to the Law Center and to network with others.
The Social Justice & Policy Journal is holding its third workshop of the semester about the writing process for a journal article.