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Taking a cue from the 99 percenters, some conservatives are hoping to make their own play on demographics by redirecting the national discourse about class struggle and revising the cherished American story of meritocracy for these, our troubled times.

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This week we tip our hat to Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz, who once helped calculate the true cost of the Iraq War, and more recently has been calling attention to the radical redistribution of wealth from middle- and working-class Americans to the richest among us.This week we tip our hat to Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz, who has called attention to the radical redistribution of wealth from middle- and working-class Americans to the richest among us.

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