“To see what is in front of one’s nose,” George Orwell famously wrote
, “needs a constant struggle.” In front of my nose as I write this is a copy of last Sunday’s New York Times
. I have opened it to the business section. Below the fold is one
of many Times
articles on Thomas Piketty, the French economist and author of Capital in the Twenty-First Century
, which argues that America has entered a second Gilded Age of vast inequality, inherited fortunes, and oligarchic politics, where the shape of public discourse and public policy is determined by a wealthy few.