The 1%, in 1765

Kara Masciangelo and Jamie McAndrews write about a much older resentment of the 1%, including part of a 1765 letter to the New York Gazette:

Some Individuals of our Countrymen, by the Smiles of Providence or some other Means, are enabled to roll in their four–wheel’d Carriages, and can support the Expence of good Houses, rich Furniture, and Luxurious Living. But, is it equitable that 99, or rather 999 should suffer for the Extravagance or Grandeur of one? Especially when it is consider’d, that Men frequently owe their Wealth to the Impoverishment of their Neighbours.

Author: Brandon Dupont

Share This Post On