You have probably seen the pie chart below. (Thom's newsletter for Oct 4th linked to an article containing it.) But the problem in trying to understand it is that there's nothing equal about the wedges. They represent different amounts of wealth and different percentages of the population. It's hard to see that the average member of the top 1% has 480 times the wealth of the average member of the bottom 80%.

So I created the bar chart further below. Each pixel in the red, orange, yellow, chartreuse and teal represents 0.1% of the nation's wealth, and the pixels belonging to each segment from the pie chart are spread across the width of that segment's percentage of the population. (The top 1% is 1 pixel wide, and the bottom 80% is 80 pixels wide.) So now you can see the relative wealth of a member of each segment.

Click on the images to see them in full size.

Note: "Wealth" (actually "financial wealth") was defined as net worth minus the value of one's own home.



Wealth Disparity, a More Helpful Infographic
Wealth Disparity, a More Helpful Infographic


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kirkland4 8 years 20 weeks ago

Liberals, you ignorant bunch of nitwits. When will you learn that wealth is not distributed but is earned in this country? If you want wealth to be distributed you need to move to China where they will be more than happy to accommodate your needs. It is the filthy rich that gives your poor asses a paycheck to take home.

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rladlof 8 years 20 weeks ago


It requires a significantly simple understanding of the universe to fail utterly to understand that the tax code serves to redistribute wealth and that the tax code has been tilted to the benefit of wealth-hoarders for over three decades. Additionally, wealth-hoarders literately enrich themselves by pointedly avoiding to issue paychecks of size or merit.

Everyone here recognize that you probably enriched yourself at the rate of 2.5¢ per character with the tripe you posted. I hope the meal you bought at the fast-food joint of your choice rests lightly in the pit of your stomach knowing that you sold yourself and millions of other Americans out for about eight bucks.

Hugs and loves,


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Thunder 8 years 20 weeks ago

Sign the Tariff act to bring back jobs and help spread the wealth around to the middle class. Job Creation/Debt Repayment Tariff Act of 2012!/petition/job-creationdebt-repayment-tariff-act-2012/gz94gHHL

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hhamil1015 8 years 20 weeks ago

trying to learn of candidates for next Pres. election, like to hear opinions of Buddy Roemer. 8 yrs. Congress., 4 yrs. Gov. Harvard business degree, not taking special interest money. see more at web site. what can anyone tell me, please.

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humanitys team 7 years 8 weeks ago

Kirkland4. This is not the truth and that my friend is the problem !

You see class status as a function of individual effort .Some have made it good ,so you assume that anybody can.That view is simplistic and naive .That assumes that everyone has equal opportunity,when infact ,the rich and powerful strive and contrive to hold on to their money and their power and to increase it.

They do this by eliminating competition ,by institutionally minimising true oppertunity,and by collectively controlling the flow and the growth of wealth.

They do this in a number of ways with unfair labour practices ,exploiting the world,s poor to good -old-boy network competitive practices which minimise and restrict a newcomers chance of entering the inner circle of the successful.

They then seek to control public policy and government program's around the world to further ensure that the masses of people remain regulated ,controlled ,and subservient.

If you want life to self destruct let,s follow your model if you want life to thrive and be sustainable and flourish amother way is possible but it has to start with Oneness.


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