At Slate, Timothy Noah continues the leftoids’ growing chorus about income and wealth inequality:

…in 1915, when the richest 1 percent accounted for about 18 percent of the nation’s income, the prospect of class warfare was imminent. Today, the richest 1 percent account for 24 percent of the nation’s income, yet the prospect of class warfare is utterly remote … Why aren’t the bottom 99 percent marching in the streets?

One possible answer is sheer ignorance.

Noah then goes on to bewail the fact that “crowdsourcing” (the name leftoids give to “markets” because they can’t admit that such a thing exists) doesn’t reveal the true inequalities involved, in order to bolster his assertion that “one possible answer is sheer ignorance.”

It doesn’t seem to occur to Noah, Yglesias, or Fallowes that two (at least) things might cause Americans not to concern themselves with “inequality”: first, the base has risen enormously. A “poor” person in the United States of today is vastly better off than a poor person in 1915, as I can personally testify. Many of the people I know have incomes below the official poverty level, and mine is close to it — yet all of us own cars and have places to live, and unlike our predecessors at the turn of the last century we rarely miss meals. Might it be that, since our needs are more or less met, there’s no particular need for us to insist on impoverishing “teh Rich”? Or even to worry real hard about identifying who Teh Rich are?

More likely, though, at least for those of us who do pay attention, the problem for Mr. Noah is the missing clause in his sentence:

Today, after a century of Progressive class warfare that claims to level the inequalities, the richest 1 percent account for 24 percent of the nation’s income.

I reckon there’s at least the possibility that, after watching Noah and his predecessors pounding away at the issue and generating all kinds of Governmental and other interventions for a hundred years, and seeing the problem get worse, people might not be anxious to give the Proggs more swings at that particular strawman.

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