4 thoughts on “Perspective

  1. That’s a pretty misleading comparison, given cost of living and quality of life differences. The richest people in India aren’t worrying about their next meals or what to do if someone in the family catches pneumonia. They aren’t choosing between eating and heating.

  2. agree with Karen, this graph is clearly nonsense.
    In addition note that it shows a fairly even distribution of income in the US, and we know that assertion to be false.
    Doubtless it is possible to employ mathematics to construct this graph and have it in some sense ‘true’ to the numbers; but it is clearly false in its assumptions and assertions.
    “all models are false but some are useful”. This one isn’t useful, it’s merely another tendentious artifact designed to prove that we should all be happy as kings in our egalitarian republic..

  3. I don’t think this graph is just true on the numbers, but true in a conceptual sense. There is much less intra-national variation in the U.S. than there is international variation. There are some astoundingly wealthy people in India, but there aren’t enough of what we would call “middle class” to even appear on a chart like this.

  4. “In addition note that it shows a fairly even distribution of income in the US, and we know that assertion to be false.”
    “I don’t think this graph is just true on the numbers, but true in a conceptual sense.”
    I think that at least in terms of consumer goods that people have, things are pretty flat class-wise in the US. My cleaning lady has a much nicer vehicle than we do, and more and more people of all levels of society have cell phones with internet. If you dig deeper than that (for instance looking at the schools that people send their kids to, or their retirement savings situation, or the nursing homes they’re headed to, or life expectancy) you’ll see a lot of inequality, but there are large islands of equality.

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