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I don't know.  Somehow the "average" in that phrase doesn't make it as catchy.  

You seem to be preoccupied with the idea that if we only knew how inequitably concentrated all that wealth is then ... Well, we'd all wake up to the truth, or something.

But to be frank (no pun intended) Americans don't need a Frenchman to tell them about the concentration of wealth & CEO earnings.  They know it and are simultaneously 1)mad about it and 2)not willing to do anything about it because of some combination of Protestant work ethic, religious faith and national mythology.  Or laziness.  I don't know.  But all the obvious facts and graphs in the world aren't going to help us when over half the country is making decisions based on religious and nationalist ideology and stubbornly held outdated convictions about how the world works.

We won't respond to graphs.  But we are famous for trying to keep up with the Joneses.  So it is incumbent for Europe to continue to prosper and better the lives of its citizens so that if we don't refom out of reason or social justice, we'll do so out of plain envy.

Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities. -Voltaire

by p------- on Sun Feb 12th, 2006 at 05:27:16 PM EST
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