AbstractJason Stanley (2015) argues that economic inequality tends to produceflawed ideology, and that flawed ideology cause people to vote for inequality-increasing policies. Stanley suggests that it is possible to break the feedback loop with the help of “civic rhetoric.” In this essay, it’s argued first that Stanley faces a dilemma. Either the feedback loop provides a good explanation but then it’s likely that civic rhetoric is ineffective; or civic rhetoric is effective but then the explanatory power of the feedback loop is low. A relatively simple dynamic model is introduced to illustrate the dilemma. Second, it’s argued that if there is a feedback loop, then the “easiest” way of getting rid of flawed ideology and inequality is a violent revolution. One problem with this suggestion is that most people have strong intuitions against overthrowing democracies. Two responses to this intuition is discussed. The essay ends with a suggestion that the effects of the feedback loop can be mitigated if governments commit to not allowing inequality to rise