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  •  According to the CIA, we are 3rd world... (5+ / 0-)

    ...when it comes to income equality.  There are 98 countries with more income equality than the United States.

    How is this possible and how does this not lead to unrest?

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    by Shockwave on Mon Oct 31, 2011 at 07:57:22 PM PDT

    •  It is destabilizing. (4+ / 0-)
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      But not quite to the levels it could be.

      I think hunger and malnutrition play a role in political unrest, it just hasn't happened here yet.  When there was a time in America when it did, and there were a lot of people who thought communism was a reasonable alternative.

      Hunger is an interesting factor in political systems.  North Korea has extreme famines that produce passivity.

      Nixon made it a top priority, that it should never be made into a political issue.

      In the context of OWS, I think the hunger is more in line with the tangible perception of gross unfairness.  That we're living off of economic crumbs, that have fallen to the floor by the 1%.

      I seriously don't see any of it changing until policy makers (whoever the fuck those "deciders" really are) are enlightened by a perception of fear, that perhaps they're not as well insulated as they once thought.  I think some of it is starting to sink in.  The dialogue has changed.  The endless discussion of austerity is over (for now).

      It's the inequality, stupid.

      by Boberto on Mon Oct 31, 2011 at 08:38:14 PM PDT

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