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Fighting Inequality – A Book Review

June 21, 2021

Political economists from the 1770s to the 21st century analyze Canadian inequality and ponder how to address it

Eric W. Sager, Inequality in Canada: The History and Politics of an Idea (Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2020), 488 pages, $37.95 (paper).

Most of us know Stephen Leacock as Canada’s foremost humourist and author of Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town (1912), but there is another Stephen Leacock. This one figures in historian Eric Sager’s expansive study of inequality along with dozens of other erudite political economists that populate this sweeping canvas of theories about inequality’s sources and the distributive justice required to resolve it.  

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