This chart shows the income inequality for the last thirty years. You can see the blue line is flat, showing average wages, and the red line shows how far up the scale the wealthiest have gone. An income disparity as large as this is a harbinger of disaster for any economy. A country without a productive middle class is doomed to failure, and causes a great deal of dissension and anger. It can polarize the electorate and end in a disfunctional government.
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