Amid the wreck of capitalism and socialism, Dickens is timelier than ever.
We live in hard times, and all the indications are that they may get much, even very much, harder. No one, at any rate, would take a bet that they won't.
The number of children in America claiming subsidized meals in school has shot up; the homeless are increasing by the hour; the formerly prosperous are laid off without so much as a thank you; the young struggle to find any work at all; beggars are making a comeback on the streets of cities as if they had been hiding all these years, waiting for the right moment to emerge from their subterranean lairs into the world above.
The February …