I’ve been reading George Saunders’ amazing new book of short stories, Tenth of December
They are set in a near future where income inequality feels more dire.
Reading the stories, I felt such dread: pity for his characters, hope that things might get better, and fear they wouldn’t. They made me despair for humanity. I kept saying to myself: It’s not like that here in my little town.
In a New York Times magazine profile by Joel Lovell, Saunders says (I’m paraphrasing): in America, money—having enough money—is a kind of grace; and the fear of not having enough keeps people in demeaning jobs and desperate situations.
Watch this video to see what 9 out of 10 Americans, Republicans and Democrats, would like income distribution to be in this country, and what it actually is.
Is this the country we want?