Friday, March 08, 2013
A Meta-Post On Income Inequality
Or utterly weird. You decide. This post is based on some pictures I have on my desktop and my desire to randomly pick two of them and write a post tying them together! Here are the pictures:
The top one is a fantastic knitting creation: A blue tit. The bottom picture compares the actual wealth inequality in the United States to what Americans think it is and to what they would like it to be. That graph is based on a somewhat older study that I wrote about at the time. It turns out that Americans (those right-wing conservative Americans!) like the wealth inequality that Sweden happens to have.
So what ties the two pictures together?
The way we are deceived. In the charming knitted tit we initially might see a real living tit. But that deception is fine because it doesn't matter.
In the wealth inequality bars we see the ability of the US Powers That Be to hoodwink Americans into not seeing the real wealth inequality of this country, for selling them the idea that there is too much income redistribution towards the lower rungs already, and the whole kit and kaboodle about the Big Bad Government.
Most Americans, at least on the basis of that survey, don't realize how very unequally wealth is divided in this country, and they don't want it divided that way. But they are offered a knitted blue tit instead of a living one.
Duh. It sorta worked, did it not, this exercise of mine?