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“We are the 99 percent” is the rallying cry of the Occupy Wall Street movement. For over 30 years, we’ve lived through a radical redistribution of wealth upwards to the wealthiest 1 percent. But who are the 99 percent? Who are the 1 percent? How extensive and systematic is inequality in different areas of society? What are its true causes and consequences? How is inequality changing in our world? And what can be done about it?
For many years Chuck Collins has been a top leader in studying, speaking about, and writing about these questions. In this book he brings together in one place, for the first time, information that has been widely scattered in many different articles, reports, and websites. He provides revealing and powerful information about inequality in all realms of today’s world, including individual wealth and power, corporate wealth and power, media control, political influence, and other areas. He then describes the functioning of the “Wall Street Inequality Machine” and describes how inequality wrecks everything we care about. He tells how people and groups are pushing back against inequality and taking action to reduce inequality and create a world that works for the many and not just the few. And he proposes a bold program to reverse the trend to growing inequality.
This book is not about the Occupy Wall Street movement, but about the underlying grievance and inequality that has given rise to the “99 percent” message and movement.