I thought I posted something similar to this already (and if I didn’t, I meant to), but here’s the breakdown of wealth in the US in easily-digestible form:
There’s a lot more on the Mother Jones site, but I think that one’s the most telling. Not because it reveals how tiny a percentage of people control such a huge percentage of the country’s wealth, and how many people have so little – but because it pokes a huge hole in the great myth of the USA: that this is the way the American people want it to be.
They want achievement to be rewarded. They want freedom from oppression at the hands of government. But they also want a reasonable share of the pie if they do a reasonable amount of the work. And it is obvious from those figures that that is not at all what actually happens in their system.
It is vitally important for the powers that be that as few voters as possible see the above graph; and that they be encouraged to think it’s impossible to change. (And to be fair, without significant reform to their undemocratic two-party system, it probably is.)
Still, disabusing people of their destructive fantasies is always a good start.