Second, am I the only one who wants to plot a chart of income inequality in democratic countries over time and then compare it to a plot of the increase in # of democratic countries over time? I hate to disagree with Yglesias (who does this politics stuff better than I ever will) but there seems to be an underlying assumption here that once a certain level of democracy is achieved (fairness for everyone) that the country that has achieved it can not subsequently decline into a worse state of democracy, rather they just sit in stasis and purity until the slower countries catch up. That's almost certainly false.
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