The United States will face its own “French Revolution” without significant changes to the current political system, author Margaret Atwood said last week.
The 79-year-old writer of the dystopian novel The Handmaid’s Tale pointed to numerous factors contributing to inequality in the U.S., warning that left unchecked, such inequality would lead to an event similar to the revolution in 18th century France that saw the ousting of the ruling class.
“There are other factors in this country that make for quite a lot of inequality, so let’s talk about the healthcare system, let’s talk about incarceration policies and let’s talk about the big split between very, very rich people and everybody else,” she said, speaking at Equality Now’s Make Equality Reality Gala in Los Angeles on Monday.
“So the dangers in this country have to do with not just gender inequality but also class and race and wealth. So you cannot go on indefinitely having lawmakers write and enact laws that make them richer.
“You just can’t go on with this forever, you’re going to get the French Revolution if you go on with that too long.”