Wealth Inequality in America ….

… is not what you thought it was, no matter what you were thinking. According to this interesting moving infographic movie thingie:

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  1. #2 Richard Chapman
    March 2, 2013

    I just emailed that out to a bunch of friends and relatives. I was floored. The wealth of this nation has been sucked out and locked up by that 1%. I don’t believe in that investment crap. Tax the bastards and put that money to work. Real work.

  2. #3 David Remsen
    Woods Hole, MA
    March 2, 2013

    In Park Avenue: Money, Power & the American Dream, there was the statement that 400 individuals hold more wealth than the bottom 50% of Americans. Is that accurate and do you know the source for that information?

  3. #4 Nicholas Sapp
    Toronto, Ontario
    March 2, 2013

    Interesting.

    When it asks whether the CEO works 380 times harder then the average worker, is that because the CEO has 380 times as much wealth, or 380 times as much income. I would like to see a comparison between income inequality as well as wealth inequality.

  4. #5 Tiese Rocillo
    Indiana
    March 2, 2013

    They are stealing our own hard earned money right off of our broken tired backs! If they payed tax that way equaled to the percentage that the rest of us pay then this country could start to support itself and folks like us and my family could get ahead!

  5. #6 Stu Thurston
    March 3, 2013

    David try this site. The figures are sourced.

    http://inequality.org/wealth-inequality/

  6. #7 Greg Laden
    March 3, 2013

    I was wondering the same thing. But, the difference between “wealth” an “income” and such may be a matter of how one fills out tax forms and how one hides one’s money more than what the thing (wealth/income/whatever) actually is.

  7. #9 Thomas P
    March 5, 2013

    These numbers probably aren’t accurate either. The wealthiest people are good at hiding their stuff in tax shelters where it is hard to track so in reality their share is likely to be even bigger.

  8. #10 Joe Lewis
    Edmonton Alberta Canada
    March 5, 2013

    If there was a new word in the early part of the 21st century , it would have to be a word that goes well beyond the word greed.
    Cosmic Greed? ,Pathological Greed?. Go figure!

  9. #11 mandas
    March 5, 2013

    Whilst I share the concerns about wealth equality, I would like to suggest that we should expect the top 20% to have significantly more than the bottom 20%. If the top 20% earn 100 times more than the bottom 20%, they would have 100 times more of the wealth – that’s just maths.

  10. #12 Todd
    March 6, 2013

    When asked, the majority of the US population believes that football talent has the same distribution as they thought wealth does. Moreover, many men believe that they are in the top 5% of football talent in the country. However, I have uncovered data that is very disturbing. Shockingly, only ~1700 men possess 99.9995% of the football talent in a country of ~314 million citizens. They clearly stole this talent from the rest of us and we need government programs to get it back.

  11. #13 Roger
    March 25, 2013

    @Todd,

    Are you implying that .0005% of the country possesses the vast majority of the “money talent” in the US? That, somehow, they hold some secret to wealth accumulation (probably some mixture of “bootstraps” and “working hard”) that the rest of us simply do not?

    @Greg,

    I have shared this, including it in my general discussions of wealth inequality (including busting the myth of “Job Creators”). Thank you for this.

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