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One of the articles in the recent “Money Issue” of The New York Times Magazine tries to calculate just how many American billionaires there are: “Forbes thinks there are 735 of them in America. Another count finds 927. Whatever the answer, the mystery is revealing — and the number is growing rapidly.”

Yes, reporter Willy Staley does try to parse the differences between how Forbes, Bloomberg, and a research company called Wealth-X all try to tally the super-rich of the USA. But the piece’s deeper purpose is to persuade Times readers that any number of billionaires greater than zero is probably a bad thing. Here are a few snippets that give the flavor of Staley’s prose — and perhaps politics:

As the ultrawealthy have multiplied, some Americans have drifted toward a sort of billionaire Gnosticism, a sense that we live in a fallen world run by a demonic group of plutocrats. … But you don’t need to think of any individual billionaire as evil to find the sheer concentration of power they have disturbing. … The issue with billionaires is not that they’re sociopaths, though certainly some are. … And until something changes, we will live in a nation that is substantially warped by the gravity of their fortunes.

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