Exile the Rich!

Thomas Wells

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The rich have two defining capabilities: independence from and command over others. These make being wealthy very pleasant indeed, but they are also toxic to democracy. First, I analyse the mechanisms by which the presence of very wealthy individuals undermines the two pillars of liberal democracy, equality of citizenship and legitimate social choice. Second, I make a radical proposal. If we value the preservation of democracy we must limit the amount of wealth any individual can have and still be a citizen of our polity
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)19-28
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Democracy
  • Piketty
  • Capitalism
  • Wealthy Inequality


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