As you're certainly aware, there is a global movement to fight what is perceived to be an unjust distribution of wealth. Part of what's making many people irate is what economists call wealth condensation. This is when newly created wealth gets concentrated or flows to already-wealthy individuals. The economic data is fairly clear--there's a growing disparity between the wealthy and non-wealthy, and the wealthy have a substantially greater percentage of the total wealth than the non-wealthy. One startling statistic (among many) is that half of the people in the U.S. have 2.5% of the total wealth. Another is that more than 30% of those born in the middle class will fall to the lower-class. The upshot of all the statistics is that the poor really have it rough, the middle class is shrinking, and the very few rich are getting astronomically richer.
Richard Wilkinson gave a TED talk about how economic inequality harms societies. He jokes that if you want to live the American Dream, you have to move to Denmark. His more serious conclusion is that economic inequality makes for rather dire consequences. Is this a good argument against our current economic and socio-political system? If a change is in order, then what sort of change exactly? How is one to determine the just distribution of wealth? (The philosophical literature on this topic is voluminous. Probably the most famous book on the subject, for those of you that are curious, is John Rawls's A Theory of Justice.) What sorts of policy changes, if any, do you think are in order?