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Wealth Inequality: It’s Far Worse Than You Think

Wealth Inequality: It’s Far Worse Than You Think
The great divide between our beliefs, our ideals, and reality

If poor people knew how rich rich people are, there would be riots in the streets. We have no idea how unequal our society has become.

The average American believes that the richest fifth own 59% of the wealth and that the bottom 40% own 9%. The reality is strikingly different. The top 20% of US households own more than 84% of the wealth, and the bottom 40% combine for a paltry 0.3%. The Walton family, for example, has more wealth than 42% of American families combined.

An infographic video of the study went viral and has been watched more than 16 million times.

Our unique brand of optimism prevents us from making any real changes.

George Carlin joked that, “the reason they call it the American Dream is because you have to be asleep to believe it.”

How do we wake up?

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