Living in the Past

A year after Kate Zernike wrote in the New York Times that Tea Partiers were “resurrect[ing] once-obscure texts by dead writers”—such as F. A. Hayek, who won the Nobel Prize in 1974 and died in 1992—the New Yorker’s cover depicts Wall Streeters in top hats and bushy mustaches. That’s an image from, what, the 1930s? Or maybe the 1870s? Who’s “reach[ing] back to dusty bookshelves for long-dormant ideas” now?