As the Democratic Party moves briskly off to the left, it more and more presents a distorted vision of both American society and the economy. It needs this vision in order to justify a massive transfer of power from individuals and the private economic sector to the government.
This distorted view is straight out of the late 19th Century, when progressivism was aborning. At that time, the United States was, to a considerable extent, a nation of haves and have nots. Millions lived in a degree of poverty that is almost unimaginable today. One census district in New York’s Lower East Side had a population of 50,000 and a total of only 500 bathtubs.