One particular graph demonstrates how much that impact is necessary:
This demonstrates just how the United States stands above (if that it the right preposition) all other industrialized nations when it comes to potentials for advancement. Put another way, this graph illustrations just how much a fiction the Horatio Alger myth really is and who benefits from that fiction. The point is that it is virtually impossible for those of modest means to break into the ranks of the wealthy. The wealthy of the United States have created a social framework that protects them from such "invaders;" and, while the "class conscious" United Kingdom may be our nearest neighbor, the distance on the graph speaks for itself. Can there be a more compelling argument that the time for patience with the rich and mighty can no longer endure?