Why are you bringing property prices into it? that's nothing do with it. New York could easily impose a rent control like Berlin. I'm fully aware about wages stagnating, it's pretty much what i work on, it's nothing to do with "the rich" per se. It's globalisation, it's China taking over the manufacturing market, and producing more productive workers for less cost. That's the real reason for US wages stagnating, taxing some billionaires and taking there money will not create some utopia of $25 an hour for putting together a simple product. Yes, agreed. Big corps need to pull their weight, but we are moving into a new era with digital finance which is going to dramatically reduce tax fraud and corruption. Might take 10 or so years but i do believe in 10/20 years time, this will won't a huge problem like it is now. The current financial system was created in the 70's, it's very easy to manipulate and hide money.