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If Egyptian Revolt Is Really About Income Inequality Then the United States Is Next

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Surprisingly, the United States ranks below both Egypt AND Tunisia in terms of income inequality. Are we next? Nah. We have Facebook! And Angry Birds!

But seriously, it's true. According to a brief explainer piece from, the United States ranks well below both Tunisia and Egypt:

As Yasser El-Shimy, former diplomatic attaché at the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, wrote in Foreign Policy, “income inequality has reached levels not before seen in Egypt’s modern history.” But Egypt still bests quite a few countries when it comes to income inequality, including the United States:

According to the CIA World Fact Book, the U.S. is ranked as the 42nd most unequal country in the world, with a Gini Coefficient of 45.

In contrast:

– Tunisia is ranked the 62nd most unequal country, with a Gini Coefficient of 40.

– Yemen is ranked 76th most unequal, with a Gini Coefficient of 37.7.

And Egypt is ranked as the 90th most unequal country, with a Gini Coefficient of around 34.4.

(A brief explanation of the Gini coefficient.)

So does this mean the United States is on the list of rolling-riots-waiting-to-happen? Tell us what YOU think in the comments. Then, we'll tally the answers and, depending on the results, either never mention this again or just forward everything straight to the Department of Homeland Security. (See also: Bizarre Homeland Security Training Video Warns If You Pay In Cash, You May Be a Terrorist)
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