Maybe Not Warfare But Certainly Disparity

Frequently when discussing the distribution of wealth in America a conservative will employ the phrase, “class warfare.” They argue that liberals and the liberal media are trying to drive a wedge between the haves and have-nots that will somehow lead to a forced redistribution of wealth at the hands of government.

I don’t think anyone is advocating real “class warfare” but, there certainly is data indicating a genuine and severe mis-distribution of America’s wealth. I’ve written about this before using the statistic, 1% of American’s control 40% of the nation’s wealth. Well, here’s yet another statistic that reinforces what I’m saying, “400 Americans have a net worth exceeding that of 160 million Americans.”

There is abundant truth that economic disparity in this nation is real and genuine. The question is, how much longer will the vast multitude of Americans, who’ve seen their personal net worth shrink, along with their futures fade, be willing to stand by and accept their weakening lot in life?

Unfortunately history has provided us with many example of how these scenarios end, the Russian Revolution being but one. For the moment we have disparity. But, history teaches that disparity gone unanswered can lead to genuine class warfare.

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Steve Wylie
Steve Wylie

There is a big difference between America today and Russia in 1918. The Romanovs’ wealth was left to them by previous Czars. Bill Gates was not born rich. Steve Jobs was not born rich. Warren Buffet was not born rich. They all built their wealth in a society that allowed them to do so. America does have a graduated income tax. I am not smart enough to know if it is EXACTLY fair, but I am smart enough to know that it is DIRECTIONALLY fair. I would go even further and submit that the wealth statistics cited in “Class Warfare”… Read more »