Envy in politics gracefully mixes social science with political theory the writing is elegant and incisive and the analysis penetrating and persuasive. The president and congress are seeking a solution to the worst economic recession since the great depression lurking beneath president obamas economic agenda are campaign promises and political appeals that call for societal change on a grand scale. The politics of envy helped reduce this country to a virtual economic basket case at one point in the 1960s some highrate taxpayers were paying as much as 90 per cent to the tax man on the top slice of their income. As the new york times pointed out in regard to the report conflict between rich and poor now eclipses racial strain and friction between immigrants and the native born as the greatest source of tension in american society. Envy is the politics of economic devolution when envy becomes the foundation of politics the whole society is threatened men cannot trust their neighbors
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