The rich used to eat, dress, and even speak entirely differently from the masses. Today they wear T-shirts and sneakers just like the rest of us. But that doesn’t mean we’re all equal. It only lays bare the real source of inequality: actual money.
Eileen G’Sell is a poet and critic with recent contributions to the Baffler, Current Affairs, Hyperallergic, and the Hopkins Review, among other publications. She is a 2023 winner of the Rabkin Foundation Prize in arts journalism and teaches at Washington University in St. Louis.