CHAPTER 11Empire’s Victory
This is an impressive crowd. The haves and the have-mores. Some people call you the elite. I call you my base.1
George W. Bush
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.
Louis Brandeis, U.S. Supreme Court Justice (1861–1939)
Extreme inequality is the surest indicator of a society organized by the dominator relationships of Empire. It is no coincidence that the United States has the most unequal wealth distribution of any major industrial nation and is the most imperial of modern nations.
In 1998, the top 1 percent of U.S. households owned 47 percent of all household financial assets, more than the entire bottom 95 percent— ...