December 23, 2013

Why the Elites Are Rising Up

Jackson Diehl, Washington Post

The Associated Press

We live in an era in which globalization is said to be benefiting elites in countries around the world while leaving behind the masses who lack the education or skills to compete. And yet, 2013 will be remembered as the year in which the streets of many a capital were filled with angry and dispossessed elites.

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