Tilting at Windmills

July/August 2012 It’s not just the return of giant glasses and leggings

By Charles Peters

Have you noticed how many of the unfortunate trends of recent years, though they may have had earlier roots, really took off in the 1980s? Most notable was the explosion of greed and selfishness that inspired so many talented young people to flock to Wall Street for no other purpose than to get rich. But income inequality, too, would take a giant step in the ’80s in its growth to extremes not known since the 1920s. And incredibly enough, the 1980s saw the first great increase in the American obesity rate, as it rose 50 percent

Charles Peters is the founding editor of the Washington Monthly and the author of a new book on Lyndon B. Johnson published by Times Books.