The Vermont Independent is one of the last great New Deal-heralding statesmen we’ve got.
A 2011 study by the CBO found that the top 1 percent of households gained about 275% after federal taxes and income transfers over a period between 1979 and 2007, compared to a gain of just under 40% for the 60 percent in the middle of America’s income distribution. Income inequality today is just as bad as it was in 1929, and yet only 42% of Americans think it has increased. If there is anything to be hopeful about, it’s that this isn’t a new problem; societies have been dealing with this for eons. With that said, here are some of the best insights to the nature of the beast, ranging all the way from Plato to Teddy Roosevelt.