In terms of economic inequality, it's fashionable to talk about the 1% vs the 99%, but even that language may be imprecise when you factor in the excesses of .01%. In fact, it's so bad that even the super-rich 1% are getting left behind by the .01%. The problem though, is that whether you talk about the .01%, the .1%, or even the 1%, it's almost impossible to graph to scale in a bar chart since the bottom 90% -- let me repeat that, bottom 90% -- predictably vanishes into the x-axis. So there's no perspective. Until now.

Enjoy:

Inequality: .top 01% vs bottom 90%

And the uncompressed view:

Inequality: .top 01% vs bottom 90%

Data can be found here for proof of how .01% of the workforce is working 1,000 times harder than the bottom 90% in our system of meritocracy. Keep in mind that everyone is restricted to the same 24-hours in a day. It should also be noted that wealth (not income) inequality is much worse since decades of yearly ill-gotten gains need to accumulate somewhere. I'll try to tackle a project like that in the coming posts. And when I say tackle -- I do mean tackle -- because it very well may require a life-size football field.

"We have to tolerate inequality as a way to achieve greater prosperity and opportunity for all."
~Brian Griffiths, Goldman Sachs International adviser said as his company was planning a near-record year for pay in October, 2009.
So who are the .01%? Primarily executives and bankers, of course. Oh, and by the way, Godspeed


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