Most pandemic policies have benefited those already best off in US society and ignored people for whom neither mass shutdowns nor reopening offer relief.
For most of the past five decades, income inequality has been higher in rural counties than in urban areas. Now, urban areas are catching up.
The Apportionment Clause forbids a direct tax on wealth. Expanding the 16th Amendment would not only allow such a tax but abolish slavery's last remnant in the US Constitution as well.
Competition between neighbours turns up the volume on inequality. Homicide and civil war may be the result.