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Income Inequality Goes Viral

Tuesday, 12 March 2013 10:44 By John Light, Moyers & Company | Video
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Over the weekend, a YouTube video breaking down income inequality in America went viral. As a reader of BillMoyers.com, you may have been aware that the disparity in wealth between the richest one percent of Americans and the bottom 80 percent has grown exponentially over the last thirty years — but the video, posted by user politizane and relying on data from a popular Mother Jonespost, focuses on the difference between the ideal disparity that Americans would like to see and the reality.

The gap is a lot larger than many informed Americans realize.

Watch the video.

The video drew on statistics also discussed in a 2011 Mother Jones article, “It’s the Inequality, Stupid.

This piece was reprinted by Truthout with permission or license. It may not be reproduced in any form without permission or license from the source.

John Light

John Light is a writer and digital producer for the Moyers team. His work has appeared at The Atlantic, Grist, Mother Jones, Salon, Slate, Vox and Al Jazeera, and has been broadcast on Public Radio International. He's a graduate of Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. You can follow him on Twitter at @LightTweeting.


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Income Inequality Goes Viral

Tuesday, 12 March 2013 10:44 By John Light, Moyers & Company | Video
  • font size decrease font size decrease font size increase font size increase font size
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Media

Over the weekend, a YouTube video breaking down income inequality in America went viral. As a reader of BillMoyers.com, you may have been aware that the disparity in wealth between the richest one percent of Americans and the bottom 80 percent has grown exponentially over the last thirty years — but the video, posted by user politizane and relying on data from a popular Mother Jonespost, focuses on the difference between the ideal disparity that Americans would like to see and the reality.

The gap is a lot larger than many informed Americans realize.

Watch the video.

The video drew on statistics also discussed in a 2011 Mother Jones article, “It’s the Inequality, Stupid.

This piece was reprinted by Truthout with permission or license. It may not be reproduced in any form without permission or license from the source.

John Light

John Light is a writer and digital producer for the Moyers team. His work has appeared at The Atlantic, Grist, Mother Jones, Salon, Slate, Vox and Al Jazeera, and has been broadcast on Public Radio International. He's a graduate of Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. You can follow him on Twitter at @LightTweeting.


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