A look at what both the right and the left get wrong about capitalism and inequality, from the March/April 2013 issue.
Inequality is rising across the post-industrial capitalist world. The problem is not caused by politics and politics will never be able to eliminate it. But simply ignoring it could generate a populist backlash. Governments must accept that today as ever, inequality and insecurity are the inevitable results of market operations. Their challenge is to find ways of shielding citizens from capitalism’s adverse consequences — even as they preserve the dynamism that produces capitalism’s vast economic and cultural benefits in the first place.