Corporate profits are soaring. Yet Americans’ paychecks are inching upward by comparison. It’s no wonder many Americans feel anxious despite an economy that, by the numbers, is booming.
This disconnect between shareholders’ prosperity and workers’ precarity has led many on the progressive left to question the very future of capitalism. Some 2020 presidential candidates, such as Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, now routinely paint Big Business as the enemy of middle-class mobility and have called for drastic measures to rein in corporate power and mandate better behavior.
It might be too soon, however, to write off U.S. companies as a force for good.
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