Originally Posted by stephanie
I think a strong middle class in the US and a well-functioning economy (of the sort we are trying to preserve) have more positive effects on the rest of the world than the idea that it's just fine if we become a country of rich andy her poor, with little income mobility and opportunity for the poor (which is what is feared), so long as the poor here are still better off (based on some measure) than the poorest elsewhere in the world.
This is very well said. Much of the benefits of having first-world social equality/mobility/etc. are going to be hard to quantify, but clearly they will allow exponential agency in driving world events - for the good of all.