You speak of inequality of opportunity, I would say that just is not so....
There are more millionaires now than in the 2000s, and more in the 2000s than in the 90s, and more in the 90s than in the 80s....and so on....In fact, at this point there are more millionaires in the United States as a country, than anywhere else in the world as a concentration.According to the annual World Wealth Report from Merill Lynch and Capgemini, the U.S. had 3.1 million millionaires in 2010, up from 2.86 million in 2009. The latest figure tops the pre-crisis peak of three million.
Merrill and Capgemini define millionaires as individuals with $1 million or more in investible assets, not including primary home, collectibles, consumables and consumer durables.
The wealth held by these millionaires also hit a record. North American millionaires had a combined wealth of $11.6 trillion, up from $10.7 trillion in 2009.
The number of Americans with $30 million is still slightly below the pre-crisis peak. In 2010 there were 40,000 North Americans with $30 million or more, up from 36,000 in 2009.
U.S. Has Record Number of Millionaires - The Wealth Report - WSJ
You use the emotional argument instead of fact, ie: "reasonableness" is NOT for YOU to decide. It skews the facts....And the fact is that more people in the US live better, and have more materiel assets throughout their lives than anywhere else in the world. We eat better, we live better, and we own more stuff.The following is a list of the countries with the most millionaires in U.S. dollars worldwide according to the London-based wealth consultancy WealthInsight.
Rank Country Number of millionaires (2012)
1 United States 5,231,000
2 Japan 2,105,000
3 Germany 1,326,000
4 China 1,280,000
5 United Kingdom 675,000
6 France 555,000
7 Canada 422,000
8 Switzerland 297,000
9 Australia 275,000
10 Italy 259,000
11 India 251,000
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The problem is not in that some people become wealthy, or that the wealthy have more stuff than others. The problem is that the drive to think in ways that produce the drive to attain wealth is being quelled in today's society through the demonetization of those who attain it. It's propaganda furthered on a political platform for the essence of control of a mass population, and the creation of a political elite.
If that is the world you want, and the landscape you want to pass on to future generations then by all means, within your own sphere of influence go ahead, and settle for mediocrity. I still would like to see my children do better than me, and so on....