While we’re on the subject, Heather Wilhelm has a darned good explanation of my own impression about so much of the debate on income inequality in the United States:
Once you look past the patent silliness and First World problems of the almost-rich mentally scapegoating the already-rich, it becomes increasingly clear why income inequality has become the anxiety of choice for the upper-middle-class left. If you’re mad about your neighbor’s private jet, after all, it makes it a heck of a lot easier to ignore the poor kid from the wrong side of the tracks who was just denied access to a quality charter school—thanks, of course, to the charter-blocking policies of the politicians you voted (and perhaps raised funds) for.
The real income inequality isn’t among people in the United States at all. It’s between the people of the United States and rural farmers in most of the rest of the world. It will be much easier to take the prescriptions for ameliorating income inequality seriously when people start talking redistributing from the rich to the poor rather than from the rich to the “almost-rich” who will, of course, use the money on behalf of the poor.