Conservatives are reacting to the attention given to Piketty's book by arguing that America is classless society and that any discussion of income class in the US is Marxist, and therefore unspeakable. In a sense conservatives are correct. America was conceived as a classless society relative to the aristocracies that prevailed in Europe. Unfortunately, the tables have been turned. There is a very clear relationship between income class and support for government spending in the US. In Europe, there is little relationship between income class and support for government spending. The wealthy in the US are unique. They don't consume public services and they don't want to pay for them. This graph shows American Exceptionalism for what it is.