Elite debt hits record heights

The Wall Street ‘Charging Bull’ sculpture; the cobblestones beneath his feet have been replaced by ranks of gold bullion, and a French revolutionary engraving of a guillotine beheading a bourgeois stands by his front foot. Image: Sam Valadi (modified) https://www.flickr.com/photos/132084522@N05/17086570218 CC BY: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

This summer started with a bang, with Propublica’s #ecret IRS Files leaks — a massive data-set detailing the tax-evasion strategies of the rich, confirming F Scott Fitzgerald’s maxim that “they are different from you and me” (We pay tax. They don’t).

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