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The New Inequality


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For about 47 minutes the president successfully moved the conversation to income inequality, the very existence of which proves that the fundamental transformation of America into a grey smear of equally compensated workers has a long way to go. The news cycle, whose attention span makes a housefly look like a Galapagos turtle, was Very Concerned for a while, but then a sign-language guy at Mandela’s funeral was revealed to have been miming the instructions for complex nautical knots, and that was that.

In a few months the president may indeed be informed that incomes are still unequal, and make no mistake — and for the love of all that is good and decent, let him be clear — no one will be angrier than he is. He made a speech, for heaven’s sake.


Contents
December 31, 2013    |     Volume LXV, No. 24

Articles
Features
  • How I fell in love with the United States.
  • The ancient evil and the politics of distraction.
  • A new “godless” church makes you wonder.
Books, Arts & Manners
  • David Pryce-Jones reviews The Great Debate: Edmund Burke, Thomas Paine, and the Birth of Right and Left, by Yuval Levin.
  • Richard Brookhiser reviews The Founders at Home: The Building of America, 1735–1817, by Myron Magnet.
  • Florence King reviews The Death of Santini: The Story of a Father and His Son, by Pat Conroy.
  • Sarah Ruden reviews David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants, by Malcolm Gladwell.
  • John Daniel Davidson reviews Jack London: An American Life, by Earle Labor.
  • Ross Douthat reviews Nebraska.
Sections
The Long View  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  
Athwart  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  
Poetry  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  
Happy Warrior  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .