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.

2 thoughts on “Maybe Not Warfare But Certainly Disparity”

  1. Does it matter how wealth is acquired if so much of it becomes concentrated in the hands of so few? A major reason America has never experienced economic revolution has been the continuance of the middle-class and the belief in upward social and economic mobility. In today’s America we are witnessing the decline of the middle-class and an increasing belief that upward mobility is disappearing. Not a healthy brew!

  2. 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” were even more disproportionate in America before World War I. I do not have the exact stats, but I have visited the Vanderbilt Mansion in Asheville, North Carolina. This provides enough anecdotal evidence to convince me that the wealth distribution prior to the IRS was even more top heavy than today.

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