According to the polling, most Americans have no idea how concentrated wealth is in America.
Apparently, we tend to think it is much more evenly distributed than it in fact is. So here's a fun figure: In 2007, one-fifth of Americans owned 85% of the privately held wealth in America.
In other words, the vast majority of Americans -- eight in every ten of us -- made do with only 15% of the nation's wealth.
That's quite an interesting fact, methinks.
I'm no economist, but it seems to me like our policies of shipping most of the well paid jobs off-shore while cutting taxes on the rich might be having consequences.
But whatever the cause of the concentration of wealth, I doubt what's left of representative democracy in America can long withstand such an unequal distribution of wealth.