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99 to 1 by Chuck Collins

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INTRODUCTIONWe Are the 99 Percent

They will put up with poverty, servitude, and barbarism, but theywill not endure aristocracy.

—Alexis de Tocqueville (1805–1859)

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Photo © John Quigley.

In the fall of 2011, a website emerged urging people to share a photograph and story of their experience being in the 99 percent. One young woman wrote,

I used to dream about becoming the first woman president. Now Idream about getting a job with health insurance.1

A twenty-seven-year-old veteran of the Iraq War described how he enlisted to protect the American people but discovered he “ended up making profits for politically connected contractors.”

I returned to ...

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