One slogan in particular keeps popping up in the Occupy Wall Street-inspired protests that erupted in more than 900 cities around the world over the weekend: "We are the 99 percent." The rallying cry has been popularized by the Tumblr We Are the 99 Percent, but it's origins are unclear. Some attribute it to studies by economists such as Joseph Stiglitz, Thomas Piketty, and Emmanuel Saez on the concentration of wealth among the top one percent of Americans. And some have questioned whether the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) protesters are truly airing the grievances of the bottom 99 percent of Americans (considering that it's a group that includes households making over $500,000 a year).
But the real question is why the phrase has resonated so deeply around the world: Is the gap between the 99 percent and the 1 percent in, say, Taiwan or Germany as great as in the United States?
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