This article argues that our times, characterized as they are by dreams of vast wealth, environmental destruction, and growing social inequality, resemble nothing so much as earlier get-rich-quick periods like the Gilded Age and the California gold rush.
I put forward a number of parallels between those earlier periods and now, and suggest that the current fever is likely to end soon. This will come as a relief to those of you who, like me, deplore the regressive social policies, bellicose foreign relations, and coarsening of public taste that we have been living through-even if some of our more libertarian friends found the times invigorating.
"You Are Living in a Gold Rush,"
Hofstra Law Review: Vol. 35
, Article 2.
Available at: http://scholarlycommons.law.hofstra.edu/hlr/vol35/iss2/2