Here’s a recent study blogged about and presented by the directory of Congressional Budget Office (CBO) in the U.S. on Trends in the Distribution of Income.
Notice the focus on the 1%, including here:
What is happening in the U.S. and elsewhere is a focus on the inequalities (and more) between various economic groups. The inequality is not new, but the focus is new, and it is a result of the efforts of groups of people striving to highlight the financial difficulties that they are having. If people say it doesn’t matter, they are wrong. The ability to shift the focus in a culture matters is a big deal. It’s a big deal that the Occupy movement and the We Are the 99 Percent people have managed to achieve.