1. Macheath a.k.a. Mack the Knife’s original line is: “What is a picklock to a bank share? What is the burgling of a bank to the founding of a bank?” (Brecht 92, Act 3, scene 3). [return to page 1]

2. See, for example, figure 1.1, on income inequality in the United States between 1910 and 2010 (Piketty 24). Other data produced in Piketty’s book, some reaching as far back as the eighteenth century, show similar trends in other countries. [return to page 2]

3. The latest big explosion of this sort of discourse took place in response to the so-called Buffet Rule, proposed by billionaire Warren Buffet, which would set a minimum tax rate of 30% for people earning over $1 million per year. See the “Buffet Rule” entry on Wikipedia for an overview of the rule and a nice dossier of the responses to it. [return to page 3]

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