Hurricane Katrina evacuation. Photographer: David J. Phillip.
Used with the permission of AP Images.
THE IMPACT OF wealth on political life has been a subject of concern at least since the time of Aristotle, who surveyed and critiqued the laws of the various Greek city-states regarding limitations on wealth, inheritance, communal ownership of property, and the extension of citizenship rights to the working class. Indeed, Aristotle made the relationship between wealth and political status the fundamental basis for classifying regimes: “what differentiates