This Baffling Visualization Shows How Much Money Jeff Bezos Really Has
Please go to this website and scroll to the right and tell me we don’t need a wealth tax. Please explain why. We’re not talking about some 80 percent tax on $2 million, the kind of squid ink people shoot into these discussions to capitalize on the devout American belief that everyone is, at very least, a pre-millionaire. One of the core problems we face is that the amount of money we’re often talking about is not comprehensible to the human mind. We cannot imagine, really, what it means to have a billion of something, much less 100 billion. People who have a billion dollars—a strictly theoretical concept we’ve all agreed is real—have long benefited from this insufficient imagination, the mind’s default conflation of a million and a billion. This tool offers something precious: a real grasp of scale.