The Second Gilded Age

Tom Spencer has a front-line report on the political psychology of the upper crust in a highly stratified society. It makes him think of the Gilded Age (his specialty as an historian) and of a Star Trek episode which I haven’t seen but which from his description is derivative of the Eloi-and-Morlocks society of The Time Machine. Spencer’s rather chilling account puts some social meat on the bare-bones statistics on inequality and mobility cited earlier in this space.

I must have done something really awful in a previous life to be condemned to live through both the Fourth Great Awakening and the Second Gilded Age. Perhaps I voted for Harding.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact:

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