How the bubonic plague, World War II and the fall of the Roman empire all cut inequality – The Washington Post

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2017/04/19/history-suggests-there-is-a-way-to-lower-inequality-but-youre-not-going-to-like-it/?tid=sm_fb&utm_term=.ce778540c8ae

Rising economic inequality in the United States has been a major animating force on both the political left and the right. Whether it is Sen. Bernie Sanders promising to rebuild blue-collar communities or President Trump pledging to "make America great again," today’s political platforms often revolve around a return to the perceived "normal" of a vibrant middle class and more equitable distribution of wealth that America experienced in the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s.

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