Essay about Wealth Inequality And The Unequal Distribution Of Wealth

1257 Words May 22nd, 2016 6 Pages
Wealth inequality, or the unequal distribution of wealth, is a heavily debated topic in the United States, a nation that, according to Inequality.org, “exhibits wider disparities of wealth between rich and poor than any other major developed nation.” To some, like Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis, “we can either have democracy in this country or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can’t have both;” to others, wealth equality is a form of socialism. The majority of Americans, however, are not aware of the disparity at all. Yet one does not have to be an economist to notice the imbalance; it can be seen in every day life, even in the consumer habits in relation to entertainment. Presence of the “VIP experience” at amusement parks, implementation of internet-based streaming websites, and the general deficit in out-of-town entertainment spending all point to one source: wealth inequality.
The very existence of the “VIP Experience” in American businesses indicates the inequality between the rich and the poor: middle-class Americans, willing to spend hundreds of dollars to feel like the upper class, want importance and security, values severely ingrained into American culture. A driving force, consumerism teaches Americans that the key to happiness is through material items; particularly the middle class, who are constantly bombarded with advertisements that depict consumerism as highly desirable. According to Zach Heller of Business 2…

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