Ill fares the land, to hastening ills a prey,
Where wealth accumulates, and men decay.
- Oliver Goldsmith, The Deserted Village, 1770
This is still the case. It is the growing inequality in and between societies that generates so many social pathologies. They generate internal division and, sooner or later, internal strife—usually with undemocratic outcomes.
- Tony Judt, Ill Fares the Land (2010)