But remarkably enough, "Are the Rich Necessary?" is both a highly provocative and a highly pleasurable read. Much of the pleasure comes simply from meditating upon the often poetic insights from the famous thinkers Mr. Lewis marshals to support conflicting points of view. You may violently disagree with "The Communist Manifesto" of Karl Marx, but is there any denying that the forces of private markets plunge most people into "the icy waters of egotistical calculation?" Who can fault Ralph Waldo Emerson for observing that "the greatest meliorator of the world is selfish, huckstering trade?"
Harry Hurt III