Do you think the poor are lazy?

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April 5, 2011
The Christian Science Monitor
by Anat Shenker-Osorio  
Posted in Commentary, PND Commentary

"Americans are in deep denial about our wealth inequality. In the US, the richest fifth have 84 percent of the wealth -- and most of us don’t consider this to be a problem. In fact, we don’t even guess at the distribution close to correctly. In a recent poll by Duke’s Dan Ariely and Harvard’s Michael Norton, respondents thought that lucky fifth has more like 59 percent of all US wealth and favor them owning just 32 percent of it. But our blindness to the amount of inequality and its effects on our society isn’t pure ignorance or apathy. It’s at least partly a function of how we talk about the issue." (04/04/11)  

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