Our New Gilded Age: Homeless Man Died of Cold Hunkered In Portable Toilet In the Richest Greediest Country in the World

Abby Zimet

Police in Detroit have not yet identified a homeless man who died of exposure while trying to stay warm locked inside a portable toilet he had insulated with trash. The homeless man trying to stay warm locked inside a portable toilet - whose story horribly mirrors a death a few years ago in an abandoned warehouse, pictured on the front - died in an America of grotesquely and untenably rising inequality, according to “Capital in the Twenty-First Century,” a much-touted, Marxist-flavored, exquisitely argued book by (non-Marxist) French economist Thomas Piketty that has just hit #1 on Amazon. Perhaps it has struck a chord because it makes its arguments for greater equity in America so soundly, or perhaps it's simply that many people, seeing what's become of our nation and the part the 1% have played in that transformation, believe a homeless man dying of the cold in a toilet is obscene. Which, obviously, it is.


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