Many great points in this article, but Marie Antoinette never said “let them eat cake.”

Thank you. Marie-Antoinette was actually quite concerned with the poor and suffering of France, and donated a great deal of money to feed its hungry citizens. Unfortunately, she and Louis XVI also spent a hell of a lot of money on really silly things. As an American, I’m excluding the billion livre debt France incurred assisting in the Revolutionary War from the “silly things” description. The poor and and starving French of the time might disagree.