Joseph E. Stiglitz, Nobel Prize winner in Economics, points out the polarization in America is a divide between those who see beyond their private wants, and those who don’t.
We do have a divided society. But the division is not…between freeloaders and the rest. Rather, it is between those (including many members of the 1 percent) who see America as a community and recognize that the only way to achieve sustained prosperity is to have shared prosperity, and those who don’t; between those who have some empathy for those who are less fortunate than themselves, and those who don’t.
From pgs. xxi-xxii in The Price of Inequality