The Great Divergence, Timothy Noah, 2012
There are some who maintain that you can’t complain about income inequality. Unless you’re willing to state precisely what the proper distribution of income ought to be… And, historically, much mischief has been accomplished by answering this question with any precision. But asking what the ideal distribution in America would be is a distraction from the real question, which is how we can align a bit more successfully with our democratic ideals. You’d have to be blind not to see that we are headed in the wrong direction, and we have been heading that way for too long.
We can do better. We have done better before, and other leading industrialized democracies are doing better now. Let’s get started while the vast disparities in how people live and what they have still have the power to offend our sense of fair play. The worst thing we could do to the Great, Divergence is get used to it.