The Imagined Reality of the 1 Percent

Arista Burwell-Chen

Recently, Imara Jones wrote an article for ColorLines detailing just how out of touch with reality the top 1 percent of Americans are. He writes,

“The massive accumulation of wealth can rewire the brain. In an article on “the money-empathy gap” New York magazine contributing editor Lisa Miller puts it this way: “Living high on the socioeconomic ladder can, colloquially speaking, dehumanize people. It can make them less ethical, more selfish, more insular and less compassionate than other people.” Wealth psychology researcher Paul Piff breaks it down even further, “The rich are way more likely to prioritize their own self-interests above the interests of other people.” The bottom line is that can contribute to pathologies and anti-social behavior.”

That being said, if the 1 percent is donating the most money to political campaigns and influencing legislature to the detriment of the bottom 99 percent, what can we do to challenge dependence corruption?

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