My friend David Williams has a very nice piece on Rousseau and inequality over at the Monkey Cage today:
If the current discussion of economic inequality is to matter, it must transcend mere platitudes and identify the potential problems generated by wealth disparities. And Rousseau offers at least one avenue to engaging that substantive debate. It is possible that his arguments are misguided. But they are capable of empirical testing – and there is some recent evidence that his arguments might well prove true. In any case, Rousseau counsels not merely to acknowledge inequality, but to confront the full dimensions of its effects.
If you’re interested in the problem of inequality or in Rousseau, or if you’re just glad that political theory is finding its way into the Washington Post, go read the whole thing.