A lot of the information in there isn't news to anyone. Everyone knows that the wealth divide between the rich and the middle class has been growing rapidly for the past few decades. What I found interesting is what this video shows in regards to our perceptions of the distribution of wealth vs. the actual distribution of wealth in this country. Would anyone argue that that this is not a problem?
Honestly, I have plenty of poor friends and family and I generally have little sympathy when they complain about their situation. All of them are poor because of the decisions they made. I also have friends and family who grew up poor and pulled themselves out of their situation by making good decisions and working hard. The reason I'm saying this is to illustrate that I am not a bleeding heart when it comes to income in this country - IMO (for the most part) your living situation is a direct result of your own personal choices and not the government, affirmative action, illegals, Donald Duck, etc.
That being said, I can not look at the widening gap of wealth distribution in this country and think that it's a positive thing or that it's something we (individually) have control over. What's more disturbing (as a capitalist) is that this wealth distribution issue seems eerily similar to the same issue that pushed the Marxist revolution that occurred at the turn of the 20th century. Some would welcome such a revolution, while the majority of Americans (currently) would not.
So the question is... are we heading towards another true socialist revolution (not the BS foodstamps = Marxism argument of the far right)? When American's perceptions of wealth distribution matches reality, how can we remain complacent? Is revolution avoidable? What the hell can we do to prevent it without giving up on Capitalism? I'm not talking about some doomsday scenario that going to play out in the next 5 years. I'm thinking this is a slow build-up for the next 10-20 years before everything boils over.
I'm kinda scuuurrd.
Edited by The Eternal White Belt, 04 March 2013 - 01:31 PM.
correction to title