Venessa Wong: The Great Recession Broke The American Economy. We Still Haven’t Fixed It. “Only a very small number of potential items on the national agenda actually come to dominate our political life. And at the opening of the decade, it looked unclear that economic inequality would be one of them. In 2011, the Occupy movement came and went — an inchoate venting of collective anger that seemed to disappear without a trace. Yet it shaped the Dickensian lens through which we viewed the rest of the 2010s. Inequality has become the centerpiece of American national politics.” (Not just American politics. Income inequality is the fuel that drove the world’s top storylines over the past decade, and one assumes the next decade as well.)