The New Mayor of New York Bill de Blasio Addressing the Inequality Crisis in His Inaugural Speech

Wikipedia: Bill de Blasio

The New York Times (January 1, 2014): Text of Bill de Blasio’s Inauguration Speech

We recognize a city government’s first responsibilities: to keep our neighborhoods safe; to keep our streets clean; to ensure that those who live here – and those who visit – can get where they need to go in every boroughs. But we know that our mission reaches deeper. We are called to put an end to economic and social inequalities that threaten to unravel the city we love. And so today, we commit to a new progressive direction in New York. And that same progressive impulse has written our city’s history. It’s in our DNA (…)

It’s that tradition that inspires the work we now begin. A movement that sees the inequality crisis we face today, and resolves that it will not define our future. Now I know there are those who think that what I said during the campaign was just rhetoric, just “political talk” in the interest of getting elected. There are some who think now, as we turn to governing – well, things will just continue pretty much like they always have.       

So let me be clear. When I said we would take dead aim at the Tale of Two Cities, I meant it. And we will do it. I will honor the faith and trust you have placed in me. And we will give life to the hope of so many in our city. We will succeed as One City. We know this won’t be easy; It will require all that we can muster. And it won’t be accomplished only by me; It will be accomplished by all of us — those of us here today, and millions of everyday New Yorkers in every corner of our city. (….)

New York has faced fiscal collapse, a crime epidemic, terrorist attacks, and natural disasters. But now, in our time, we face a different crisis – an inequality crisis. It’s not often the stuff of banner headlines in our daily newspapers. It’s a quiet crisis, but one no less pernicious than those that have come before.

Its urgency is read on the faces of our neighbors and their children, as families struggle to make it against increasingly long odds. To tackle a challenge this daunting, we need a dramatic new approach — rebuilding our communities from the bottom-up, from the neighborhoods up. And just like before, the world will watch as we succeed. All along the way, we will remember what makes New York, New York”.

The New York Times (January 1, 2014): Taking Office, de Blasio Vows to Fix Inequity

The Guardian (January 1, 2014): De Blasio vows action on inequality to tackle New York’s ‘Tale of Two Cities’

Wikipedia: Joseph E. Stiglitz

Vanity Fair (May 2011): Joseph E. Stiglitz: Inequality: Of the 1%, by the 1%, for the 1%

The New York Times (Book Review, 8/3/2012): Thomas B. Edsall: Separate and Unequal: ‘The Price of Inequality,’ by Joseph E. Stiglitz

The Guardian (Book Review, 7/13/2012): Yvonne Roberts: The Price of Inequality by Joseph E. Stiglitz

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