You have it backwards Roger. 

" the most unequal society will be one in which a single person receives 
100% of the total income and the remaining people receive none (*G* = 1); 
and the most equal society will be one in which every person receives the 
same income (*G* = 0).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_income_equality

Namibia = 70.7
China = 61.0
Haiti = 59.2
Rwanda = 46.8
*United States = 45.0*
Japan = 37.6
Switzerland = 33.7
Canada = 32.1
South Korea = 31.0
Germany 27.0
Norway = 25.0
Sweden = 23.0

Of course, Gini isn't the end-all be-all, but it helps if you are looking 
at it right side up. We are sliding closer to Rwanda than to the wealthy, 
civilized, and unsurprisingly more Progressive economies.

Craig


On Monday, December 17, 2012 10:14:19 AM UTC-5, rclough wrote:
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> I don't know about social mobility, but the gini coefficient,
> which one might call a "fairness index",  represents the inequality in
> income in a country.
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> When g=1,  there's no difference between the wealth of the rich and poor,
> when g= 0, the inequality is greatest.
>  
> Contrary to complaints by the liberals, the gini coeffcient
> has steadly grown in the USA st few decades.
> Source of data, US Census Bureau.
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> http://www.google.com/imgres?hl=en&client=firefox&hs=9By&sa=X&tbo=d&rls=com.yahoo:en-US:official&biw=1920&bih=900&tbm=isch&tbnid=8pTBpdKelwJ3rM:&imgrefurl=http://oneutah.org/national-politics/the-gini-index/&docid=suRDiXjQ4hdqqM&imgurl=http://oneutah.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/gini_index.jpg&w=440&h=320&ei=wDPPUIT0E8aB0AHp3ID4BQ&zoom=1&iact=hc&vpx=12&vpy=441&dur=598&hovh=159&hovw=218&tx=150&ty=106&sig=115931554181685460496&page=1&tbnh=141&tbnw=194&start=0&ndsp=49&ved=1t:429,r:19,s:0,i:147
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> Worldwide, we are about average:(0.40), and for you lovers of socialism, 
> compare that
> to the coefficient of 0.25-0.35 in socialist europe.
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> http://www.google.com/imgres?hl=en&client=firefox&hs=9By&sa=X&tbo=d&rls=com.yahoo:en-US:official&biw=1920&bih=900&tbm=isch&tbnid=pJxfnX9KyDVNfM:&imgrefurl=http://library.thinkquest.org/05aug/00282/
> over_measure1.htm&docid=z7VYAgL76Kh85M&imgurl=
> http://library.thinkquest.org/05aug/00282/gini.gif&w=336&h=275&ei=wDPPUIT0E8aB0AHp3ID4BQ&zoom=1&iact=hc&vpx=12&vpy=125&dur=442&hovh=130&hovw=
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> 158&tx=71&ty=88&sig=115931554181685460496&page=1&tbnh=128&tbnw=156&start=0&ndsp=48&ved=1t:429,r:0,s:0,i:90
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> A similar map is at wikipedia under income inequality or gini not sure.
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> [Roger Clough], [rcl...@verizon.net] <javascript:>
>  12/17/2012 
> "Forever is a long time, especially near the end." -Woody Allen
>

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