Morris Pearl and Erica Payne at the Brennan Center
April 21, 2021
- 12:00 pm ET
Brennan Center for Justice

It’s a period of historic inequality in the United States — and the wealthiest Americans have taken steps that will worsen the trend. In 2017, for example, Republicans passed a massive tax plan that further tilted the economy in favor of the wealthy. In their new book, Tax the Rich! How Lies, Loopholes, and Lobbyists Make the Rich Even Richer, Morris Pearl, chair of the Patriotic Millionaires and former managing director at BlackRock, and Erica Payne, founder and president of the Patriotic Millionaires, explain how the tax code has been structured to exacerbate both economic and political inequality. In conversation with the Roosevelt Institute’s Kyle Strickland, they will discuss how the tax code harms working people, how reforms can create a fairer economy, and the implications for American democracy.

This event is produced by the Brennan Center for Justice in partnership with the Roosevelt Institute.